National efforts have been underway to establish statewide Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN) systems that create a formalized system of utilities helping utilities during emergencies or disasters. Forty seven states have already formed WARN programs and the remaining states have started the process to create their own mutual aid networks. New Hampshire already has its own mutual aid network that was developed in 1998 and currently has over 130 members. The NH Public Works Mutual Aid Program (NHPWMA) is coordinated by the UNH Technology Transfer Center. The program was used most recently during the August 2008 tornado and floods of 2005-2007 . Water systems are urged to participate in this important program. More information can be found on the program Web site at www.nhwarn.org or www.t2.unh.edu/ma. For information on other state WARN programs check out the American Water Works Association national website.
- NHPWMA Brochure
- FAQs on Water and Wastewater Mutual Aid and Assistance (Fact Sheet WD-DWGB-18-1)
- WARN Tabletop Exercise Facilitators Guide : EPA has developed a tabletop exercise facilitator guide to help WARNs practice and exercise their WARN operational plans and procedures. The guide includes instructions for planning, organizing, and conducting an exercise and includes sample materials, scenarios, discussion questions and presentation slides.
- Economic Benefits of Forming and Participating in a WARN (6 MB) provides a business case for participation in mutual aid. The document details both tangible and intangible benefits of membership. The report is based on the results of a literature review, survey of utilities, and guidance from utility managers to help characterize their typical emergency responses. It also includes valuable case studies of actual benefits experienced by three utilities in response to WARN activation.
- Free Mutual Aid Membership Program for Community Water Systems
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