PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN
INTRODUCTION TO THE MODEL PLAN
This model emergency response plan is designed to provide the operator of a public water system with the basic information and tools to develop a plan specifically for the water system. The plan includes information that the US Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Rural Water Association, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, Oregon Department of Human Services Drinking Water Program, and various water utilities.
All the contact information and procedures in this model plan are important elements and should be included in the water system emergency response plan. If the current emergency response plan for your water system lacks any of these elements, please amend the emergency response plan to include them. Please feel free to organize the plan to best suit your needs.
SECURITY VULNERABILITY SELF-ASSESSMENT GUIDE
FOR SMALL WATER SYSTEMS
This document is designed for use by water system personnel. Physical facilities pose a high degree of exposure to any security threat. This self-assessment should be conducted on all components of your system (wellhead or surface water intake, treatment plant, storage tank(s), pumps, distribution system, and other important components of your system).
The Assessment includes an emergency contact list for your use. This list will help you identify who you need to contact in the event of an emergency or threat and will help you develop communication and outreach procedures. Filling out the Emergency Contact List is an important step toward developing an Emergency Response Plan, which provides detailed procedures on how to respond to an emergency.
You may be able to obtain sample Emergency Response Plans from your state drinking water primacy agency.
Security is everyone's responsibility. We hope this document helps you to increase the awareness of all your employees, governing officials, and customers about security issues.