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preparedness and work with them to
gain assistance. You will also want to be
sure that your utility is considered during
disasters. A lot of the time, public utilities
fly under the radar. Your county emergency
coordinators need to be sure they are
addressing the needs of the utilities within
their boundaries in the county or tribe
emergency plan. This may require you
to bring it to their attention; do not just
assume your system will be taken care of.
The County LEPCs are governed by the
Idaho Office of Emergency Management
(formerly the Bureau of Homeland
Security). Each year the Idaho Office of
Emergency Management (IOEM) applies
for grant money to address emergencies.
Grant money is dispersed to the counties,
where it is put to use obtaining equipment
and working to protect, prepare for,
prevent and respond to disasters. In
order to be eligible for some of this grant
money, your utility needs to participate in
the County LEPC meetings! Contact your
county or tribe emergency manager to find
out when the next meeting is.

3. Fill out and submit a
damage assessment form.
Many counties and tribes had disaster
declarations over this past winter. This
means they could be receiving federal
assistance to recover from the storms.
In order for your utility to get a piece of
the pie, you must inform your county or
tribe emergency manager of any damages
and the associated cost of repair work.
Contact your county office of emergency
management to obtain the hazard
assessment forms.

4. Enroll yourself and
your staff in ICS and
NIMS training.
ICS stands for "Incident Command
Structure." ICS exists so that multiple
parties can respond to emergencies in
an organized, unified manner despite
jurisdictional boundaries. If your utility is
not familiar with ICS, it might find itself
left out of the loophole during emergency
response events, even those that affect
the utility! How could that happen? If
county emergency response is activated,
they will be following the ICS protocol. An
incident commander will be appointed to
take charge of the incident. Safety officers,

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Figure 3. Being able to quickly locate shut off valves quickly can save valuable time, damage and money during an
emergency. Does your system have maps?

public information officers, logistics
teams and more will all be appointed
under the unified command structure.
You need to know how this works so you
can participate in the response efforts
under the command structure. Your fellow
responders, most likely whom you will be
working with during an emergency, will
be following the ICS protocol. Therefore
it is important for you and your staff to be
familiar with it.
NIMS stands for "National Incident
Management System." It is similar to
ICS but on a national level. ICS and NIMS
training can be completed online, usually
with no cost. There are a number of ICS
courses. If you have never taken ICS
training, you should start with the 100
and 200 courses and move up as you feel
comfortable and have time. NIMS training
starts with the 700 course (usually referred
to as IS 700 if you are doing a google
search). FEMA offers these courses on
their website. If you have questions on
how to enroll in the training, ask your
Circuit Rider.

5. Ensure your system
is properly mapped.
Do you know where all shut-off valves
are? How about manholes? Fire hydrants?
Would you know how to find them
under a few feet of snow? A few feet of
water? What if a bad flood submerged
landmarks, or a storm took out your street
signs? If there is damage to telemetry
equipment, as might happen during a
wind storm, your SCADA system could

go down. Having accurate and accessible
maps of your wastewater and drinking
water system will become crucial during
certain emergencies. GIS will assist you in
identifying points of failure in your system.
Of course, while the emergency is
going on is not the time to realize you're
missing the maps you need. Ensure that
you have accurate and accessible maps
for your drinking water and wastewater
infrastructure before disaster strikes. Both
paper and electronic copies are necessary.
Rest assured, if you only have electronic
maps, the next emergency you face will
be when your power is out and you can't
turn on your computer. Redundancy is very
important.

6. Take an inventory
of equipment and
become friends with
your neighbors.
What equipment do you have? What
equipment could you use? Do you know
where to find equipment that you are
lacking? Do you have the tools you need
to ensure your equipment is going to be
functional when you need it? For example,
generators can be the difference between
night and day during an emergency,
but they require regular maintenance
to be reliable. Having spare parts on
hand, maintenance equipment to repair
generators, backup fuel supplies, spare
tires and a regularly exercised maintenance
schedule will prove useful to being able
to use your generators when needed.
What about fuel supplies? Developing



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017

From the President
Surviving Hurricanes
Emergency Preparedness
Indiana Teamwork During a Flood Emergency
Rates and Long-Term Sustainability
Technology: Ammonia – A Growing Problem with a Practical Solution
Emergency Management: Biological Wastewater Treatment Toxicity
Insurance: Commercial General Liability Coverage Basics
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Regulatory Update
Case Study: Installing Granular Activated Carbon Today to Prevent Regulatory Issues in the Future
Cleared for Takeoff
Up the Creek: Birdfeeder Politics
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - intro
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - cover2
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Surviving Hurricanes
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Emergency Preparedness
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Indiana Teamwork During a Flood Emergency
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Rates and Long-Term Sustainability
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Technology: Ammonia – A Growing Problem with a Practical Solution
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Emergency Management: Biological Wastewater Treatment Toxicity
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Insurance: Commercial General Liability Coverage Basics
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Regulatory Update
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 50
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Case Study: Installing Granular Activated Carbon Today to Prevent Regulatory Issues in the Future
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Cleared for Takeoff
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Up the Creek: Birdfeeder Politics
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - From the CEO
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