Tuesday, September 10, 2024
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM
Utilities – Be WARNed

This presentation will explain Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN) and why utilities should be a WARN member. We will share information about WARN and Mutual Aid Agreements, the benefits of being a member and the roles utilities play. The presentation will include examples of past responses such as the eastern Kentucky flood response in August, 2022 and discuss available resources and how to request or provide assistance, when needed. What is WARN The Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN) is a network of utilities helping other utilities to respond to and recover from emergencies. Why should utilities be a member? • Increased Risk - Since 2000, Tennessee has experienced 59 federal disaster declarations, and Kentucky has experienced 53. • Meeting AWIA requirements - AWIA Section 2013 requires community (drinking) water systems (CWSs) serving more than 3,300 people to develop or update risk and resilience assessments (RRAs) and emergency response plans (ERPs). About WARN The WARN initiative, coordinated by AWWA, are organized on a state-by-state basis and are managed by utilities and utility-based organizations. WARN provides a method whereby water/wastewater utilities that have sustained or anticipate damages from natural or human-caused incidents can provide and receive emergency aid and assistance in the form of personnel, equipment, materials, and other associated services as necessary from other water/wastewater utilities through a Mutual Aid Agreement. Benefits • No cost to participate and response is voluntary • Enhances access to specialized resources and provides access to resources during an emergency without an official disaster declaration • Expedites arrival of aid • Peace of mind