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Emergency Response Plan Guidance for Small and Medium Community Water Systems
(to Comply with the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002)
This guidance document provides nationally recognized standards about the types of information that should be contained in an Emergency Response Plan (ERP). Topics include the eight core elements of an ERP, putting together and activating your ERP, action plans for natural disasters and other significant events, and next steps. EPA recognizes that this guidance may not be applicable to every community water system (CWS); every CWS is responsible for evaluating its own vulnerabilities and determining appropriate responses.

Emergency Response Planning: Ready or Not
This On Tap article provides an overview of the importance of Emergency Response Planning for small water utilities, and an explanation of steps in the process.

Utilities Help Each Other During Emergencies: Have your water and wastewater systems signed up?
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NESC and Rural Community Assistance Partnership
This free Water We Drink article may be reprinted in local newspapers, newsletters, or other media. It provides information about the Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN), a utilities-helping-utilities program that uses mutual aid and assistance agreements--îwhich are established and signed prior to a disaster, incident, or emergency--to help impacted member utilities quickly obtain resources such as personnel, equipment, materials, and related services from utility signatories to the WARN agreement.

Crisis Communication: Building a Network to Keep Drinking Water Safe
This On Tap article explains the importance of and strategies for developing a crisis communications network to alert water treatment plants about contamination events and spills that may affect them.

Crisis Communications: Keeping Your Community Informed During Emergencies
This On Tap article offers tips and strategies for effective crisis communications. "When an emergency situation hits, a well-constructed communications plan can mean the difference between a community in chaos and a community that overcomes diversity."

Security and Emergency Response Planning Toolbox for Small Water and Wastewater Systems
Rural Community Assistance Partnership
These online, downloadable modules address the following topics for small drinking water and/or wastewater systems: vulnerability assessment guides; emergency response planning instructions; and an emergency response planning template.

Tabletop Exercise Tool for Water Systems: Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Climate Resiliency (TTX Tool)
This PC-based tool assists in the planning and facilitation of emergency-related tabletop exercises. Provides 15 scenarios that address an all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness and response, including natural disasters, manmade incidents and accidents, and climate change impacts.