AWWA Offers Utilities Help with Emergency Preparedness

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) will offer a free Webcast to help utilities review their plans and ensure they are fully prepared for a catastrophic disaster.

The Webcast, "Disaster Recovery and the Aftermath of Katrina" will be held Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Pacific.

In this upcoming AWWA Webcast, Ray Riordan, acting executive director of the California Utilities Emergency Association, will present how the National Response Plan works and highlight evolving changes being implemented as a result of Katrina. Additionally, attendees will hear from two utilities whose 20/20 hindsight vision has reshaped the emergency response plan for their utilities.

  • LD McMullen from Des Moines Water Works (Des Moines, Iowa) will present lessons learned from a flood that shut down the treatment plant and distribution system.
  • Christine Owen will share how Tampa Bay Water (Tampa Bay, Fla.) has used its emergency experiences from previous hurricanes to lay the groundwork for an iterative planning process.

The Webcast will conclude with an opportunity for questions and answers and an update on the Katrina disaster recovery.

The deadline to register for this AWWA webcast is Oct. 11. Participants can register online at For questions, e-mail or call (800) 926-7337 and select Option 3.

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2005 issue of Environmental Protection.

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