Emergency Preparedness and Security

AWWA Policy Statement on Emergency Preparedness and Security

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) believes that emergency preparedness and security are of paramount importance to the reliable delivery of safe drinking water, the protection of public health, and the safety of the professionals responsible for water systems serving our communities.

Utilities that provide water or wastewater services are encouraged to integrate emergency preparedness and security into their culture, including, but not limited to, establishing partnerships with state, provincial, county, local public health, law enforcement and other emergency-response entities. It is the responsibility of every utility manager, supervisor and worker to be aware of and vigilant in emergency preparedness and security.  Each water leader and employee should integrate emergency preparedness and security protocols into their daily work process, following the guidelines of such entities as the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security’s National Incident Management System and the AWWA All-Hazards Risk and Resiliency Framework.

Practices specified in this policy statement are consistent with all other pertinent AWWA policy statements.

Adopted by the Board of Directors June 22, 2006. Revisions approved by the Board of Directors June 12, 2011, and Jan. 14, 2015.