Streamline - Winter 2015 - (Page 15)
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
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
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
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
Economic Opportunity: USDA Rural Development/Virginia
Rate Setting – It’s Easy?
Throwing My Loop: Fresh Water
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
2015-2016 Membership Directory
Board of Directors
VRWA Members Corner
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Winter 2015