Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2009 - (Page 12)

HURRICANES, FIRES, FLOODS, ice storms, blizzards, tornados – every state has its share of disasters. The details may be different, but each emergency can cause significant problems for water and wastewater utilities. It’s only prudent to have an emergency response plan, but is there more than just a plan? BY CHRIS WILSON, NRWA PUBLICIST “What’s important is both: Do we have a plan for those situations, and have we practiced it?” said Gary Williams, executive director of the Florida Rural Water Association and a member of the National Rural Water Association’s Emergency Response Committee. Emergency response training at the NRWA’s 2009 In-Service put water and wastewater professionals into a mock disaster scenario, showing the various conditions utilities and associations would need to account for in their plans. The scenario forced these professionals to ask questions about personnel, logistics, funding and communications. The responses are the fi rst steps to forming a plan for emergency response, although planning isn’t always easy. “The toughest challenge in developing a successful emergency response plan 12 • Third Quarter 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2009

Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2009
From the President
Emergency Response is More Than Just a Plan
December 3, 2007: A Flood to Remember
Rural Water Experts Certified at Emergency Response Training
Wastwater System Recovery Aided by Missouri Rural Water Association
USDA's Rural Water Initiatives - A Grand Enterprise
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2009