Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
In an editorial for USEPA's Greenversations blog, Nushat Thomas recalls a recent experience participating in a preparedness exercise with a hospital:
"I was concerned to hear that many groups were planning to continue patient care, meal service and instrument sterilization; and none of their plans included a backup water supply. After some time, I asked if they knew who their water utility provider was and if there was a backup water supply to support their plans – the answer was a resounding no."
This anecdote raises an important issue about emergency response planning - it is not something you can do alone. When a natural disaster hits, the entire community will need to come together to respond. Water and wastewater services are one key component - but also one that some may overlook. As an operator or utility manager, you are in a position to inform local decision-makers and impact the planning process.
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