Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2009 - (Page 25)

Rural Water Experts Certified at Emergency Response Training The class practices removing a power meter. © CHRISBENCE | DREAMSTIME.COM HURRICANE ALPHA IS bearing down on the Florida Panhandle and groups are scrambling to make plans and arrange supplies for the eminent landfall. Fortunately for the harried groups, this is only an exercise. The tabletop exercise was part of a three-day track of emergency response training presented during the National Rural Water Association’s In-Service, held May 12-14 in New Orleans, La. “This is one step to getting us to our dream – systems helping systems,” said Robert Johnson, NRWA CEO. The training program was designed as the fi rst step in creating a nationwide network of emergency responders to deal with disasters that affect rural and small water utilities. Fifty delegates, one from each of the NRWA’s state affi liates, attended the session. The group was trained in a range of emergency response topics, from preparation to hands-on assistance, so that the attendees could return to their home states to train their staff and utilities. The highlight of the training was a session of hands-on training conducted at Jefferson Parish Water Works. Louisiana Rural Water coordinated between parish officials and KDM Generators to provide several hands-on stations, covering generator connection, bypass pumps, variable frequency drives, maintenance and safety. Superintendent Doug Pertuit also provided a tour of the facility’s emergency equipment, including the emergency generators and an elevated safe house designed to withstand winds up to 250 miles per hour. Two emergency response providers oversee the connection of an emergency generator. Left to right: Gary Williams, FRWA; Patrick Credeur, LRWA; Tom Abernathy, MRWA; and Bob McVay, FRWA, explain the basics of working with electricity. Third Quarter 2009 • 25 http://www.DREAMSTIME.COM

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