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Emergencies Do You Have A Plan? BY LUCIAN LINEBERRY, CIRCUIT RIDER #1 situation, the expression will more than likely just mean "HELP." Whether it be an occurrence at home or a widespread incident involving sectors such as groups, communities, states, etc.; "emergency" sparks an alarm in us that usually senses an out of control situation. IN a STRICkEN Emergencies can be oriented by both expected and unexpected events. We can almost compare them to the "unaccounted for points" in a sporting event. Dealing with emergencies can often be a life threatening situation to both the involved and responding personnel, whether sparked by human error, or deemed on us by Mother Nature, emergencies have been an acute topic in the recent news. Transportation accidents, industrial explosions, structure failures, weather, terrorist attacks; the incidents establishing emergencies can be from any number of categories. Positive response to an emergency will depend on how well we are prepared for it. Preparing for emergencies is aimed at making response time and actions more organized and productive. PLANNING IS THE KEY TO PREPARING FOR AN EMERGENCY! In the water and wastewater world, a plan will depend on your operations, the surrounding community, available materials, type of emergency anticipated, local and immediate situations expected, results of past incidents, etc. Every utility should have an EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLAN in correspondence with the community and/or surrounding area. With each locality having its own needs, available personnel and materials, etc., your plan should be oriented accordingly. Foreseen emergencies, such as hurricanes, can sometimes allow more time for preparation, but Mother Nature can be relentless and present unexpected factors which throw a curve in the initial plan. Any plan is better than no plan, but with various Transportation accidents, industrial explosions, structure failures, weather, terrorist attacks; the incidents establishing emergencies can be from any number of categories. Positive response to an emergency will depend on how well we are prepared for it. situations expected to arise, you should "plan to re-plan" during the response of the actual emergency. Also, update the plan periodically with changes of personnel, materials, community changes, etc., for example, three year, five year, or even older plans may not be adequate for present emergency response. For unexpected incidents, explosions, chemical spills, etc., orient the plan toward the anticipated situations, using knowledge of your utility and the surrounding locality. Research of emergencies that have occurred at similar utilities may be helpful with your plans. This article is not centered on specific details of your utilities planning for emergencies. As stated before, your plan will be individualized depending on local and available resources. Everyone is hopefully aware of some of the basic preparations: generators, ample fuel, utility schedules, communication techniques, contacts for parts and repair, etc. The main purpose of this article is to make everyone aware how important an emergency plan can be to the people in the surrounding community that you serve. Whether needing to establish a plan, or review and update your present one, emergency planning should be a duty of your occupation, and a personal obligation of your concern for your community. VRWA offers programs and classes to assist on EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLANNING for those who feel the need. Please contact any VRWA personnel to schedule appointments and/or classes concerning questions or assistance. An emergency becomes an "EMERGENCY" when you have no plan!!! www.vrwa.org 15 http://www.vrwa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Winter 2015

From the President: Performance Evaluation
From the Executive Director: Save the Date!
Professional or Job Holder: Which Will You Be?
Emergencies: Do You Have A Plan?
Finding Your Way
Hearing Protection – Keep Your Employees Safe
Coal
Economic Opportunity: USDA Rural Development/Virginia
Rate Setting – It’s Easy?
Chronic Leaks
NRWA Recap
Throwing My Loop: Fresh Water
Booster Club
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
2015-2016 Membership Directory
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
VRWA Members Corner
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com

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