Emergency Planning (EL263)
Course Length: 2 Hours / 0.2 CEUs*
Course Description: This course provides an overview of emergency preparedness, response planning, ANSI/AWWA G440 Emergency Preparedness Practices and M19 Emergency Planning for Water and Wastewater Utilities. This course will equip water and wastewater utilities to apply the content of these standards, along with other current industry best practices, to develop an emergency preparedness program, as well as an Emergency Response Plan (ERP), that improve resiliency while reducing risk. The information from this course will assist utilities to meet the requirement for water systems to develop an emergency plan, as described in America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to undertake the hands-on development of an ERP for their utility or effectively manage that development by an outside party.
This course consists of the following four modules:
Module 1: An Introduction to Emergency Planning & the Relevant Requirements of AWIA
Module 2: Overview of G440, M19, and Other Industry Best Practices
Module 3: Critical Components of an ERP
Module 4: Build an Emergency Response Plan
• Understand the principles of emergency response planning
• Explain the concepts of resiliency and an all-hazards approach
• Distinguish the requirements in the AWIA that are new and different from the Bioterrorism Act of 2002
• Demonstrate understanding of the preparedness principles provided in G440
• Apply the guidance components of M19
• Understand greater detail in major segments of M19
• Review other components of emergency response plans
• Further explore interdependencies and partnerships
• Learn more about mutual aid and WARN
• Understand crisis communications planning
• Identify other critical components of an ERP
• Undertake the steps in a gap analysis as the first step in updating an ERP
• Undertake the steps and key considerations in the development of an ERP
• Assemble an ERP with appropriate content, appendices and annexes
• Train, exercise, conduct after-action reviews, and maintain an ERP
*You may be awarded CEUs/PDHs for AWWA education programs by your licensing agency. AWWA grants Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course at a rate of 1 CEU for 10 contact hours. It is the individual's responsibility to contact the appropriate licensing agency before registering for any continuing education credit program.
This course is based on American Water Works Association (AWWA) management standards. It is not a specification. AWWA standards do not supersede or take precedence over or displace any applicable law, regulation, or codes of any governmental authority.