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Water: Emergency Preparedness

Emergency/Incident Information

Natural disasters and other types of incidents can disrupt drinking water and wastewater systems. This page provides information to water consumers, water and wastewater utilities, and private well and septic owners to help in emergency/incident response efforts. It is important to be prepared because drinking water and wastewater disruptions can directly threaten your health, the health of your family, and the health of your community.

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Water and Wastewater Utilities

Emergency or Incident Planning, Response, and Recovery

  • Preparedness and Response Planning, Tools, and Resources - A variety of guidance documents and training resources to support drinking water and wastewater utility preparedness, response and recovery. 
  • Fed FUNDS - Document damage to your utility during a disaster, and determine which federal funding mechanism is right for you.
  • Weather & Hydrologic Forecasting (PDF) - Hazardous weather and forecasting resources to support utility awareness and preparedness measures.
  • Water Emergency Contacts - Who utilities should contact during an incident affecting their water system.
  • Water Sector Incident Action Checklists (PDF) -Suggested response activities for water and wastewater utilities to facilitate emergency preparedness, response and recovery actions for drought, tornadoes, extreme heat, extreme cold and winter storms, wildfires, earthquakes, flooding, tsunami, hurricanes and volcanic activity.
  • new Water Utility Response On-The-Go -a mobile website to consolidate, and make accessible from field, critical information and tools that water utility operators and their response partners may need during an emergency.

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