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quickly and effectively, we must know
where portable auxiliary generators are
located and the utilities that are willing
to transport them when needed. In most
cases we are able to dispatch auxiliary
generators to impacted areas within 24
hours with electricians on standby to
properly insure its operation."
To support the utility generators
available, the association has recently
added two 100kw generators to their
resource inventory and installed a new
transfer switch at the association office
to insure the ARWA Command Center is
open and ready to activate even during
extended power outages.
The Alabama Rural Water Association
maintains a database of member-owned
generators that are available to be
transported and loaned to utilities in need
and to make sure this database includes
important details, such as generator size,
kw, phase type and hookup requirements.
Florida, Alabama and Louisiana
Rural Water Associations all work with
their states' emergency management
operations centers as first responders. But
when staffs deploy, they often are trying
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to get into areas in which police or National
Guard members prohibit entry. In those
cases, identification which allows them to
enter is vital. Credeur recommends that
the off-season be spent ensuring that the
IDs are in place.
"Now, we have proper ID and can get
into just about any area after search-andrescue," he said. "It's a lot easier. You
can tell a National Guardsman that you're
going to help out, but if they don't know
Louisiana Rural Water Association, they're
not going to let you in."
Keeping members focused on disaster
preparedness is no easy task. There are
the day-to-day tasks that must be done.
Vacations. Maintenance. That problem
was made even more challenging
when Florida had a 12-year break from
major hurricanes before Hermine and
"If you don't practice, you get
complacent and lose your edge," Williams
said. "A lot of those plans that were
developed after 2004 went on shelves and
didn't get dusted off until last year."
Then, there is the loss of experience
that comes as employees retire and
move on. "It's hard to train new people,"
Williams said. "They have daily duties.
But when last year happened, a lot of
utilities looked around and said, 'My
key people are not here anymore.' The
new employees may have the skills, but
it's just a little different working in an
Training may not provide the full
experience, but it can ensure that
employees know how to operate a
generator or other important tools. Ongoing
training is an important component.
Florida, Arkansas and Louisiana Rural
Water Associations team for joint training
exercises each year, with hosting duties
rotating. "We're probably the three that
have the most equipment on hand,"
Williams said. "We invite the rural water
family to attend."
Training sessions last a couple of days
and the equipment offers opportunity
for hands-on experience. Florida Rural
Water also works with other utilities in the
state to offer training in the state. "We
try to have it at a larger utility with more