UNC-EFC Tackles Financial Resilience

The Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill hosts a blog site that looks at water and wastewater needs, issues, concerns, and successes. One of their most recent posts looks at Local Government Financial Resilience and Preparation Before a Natural Disaster.

As the blog post notes, “…municipalities are becoming extremely vulnerable to natural disasters, making it necessary for local governments to become more resilient to catastrophes. Natural disaster resiliency often focuses on the built environment and hazard mitigation, but what about weathering the storm from a financial perspective?”  It goes on to suggest that communities should consider the following steps when evaluating the potential financial impacts of a natural disaster:  identify the probability and type of likely disasters, set a planning timeline, know about available funding sources, and set up a rainy day fund.

The blog post also contains numerous links to resources that can help a community understand and plan financially for a disaster.  One that stands out is Financial Planning for Natural Disasters: A Workbook for Local Governments and Regions.  The Workbook “…is designed to help local governments and regions understand their financial vulnerabilities to natural disasters, evaluate their financial capacity to cover the costs of those disasters, identify strategies to close the gap between financial vulnerability and capacity, and identify and address the spillover effects of neighboring local governments’ financial vulnerabilities to disasters.”

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EFCN Hosts Two New Webinars

Our colleagues from EFCN’s Syracuse and Wichita State Universities are hosting two webinars this month that should be of interest to you.

Resiliency Planning 101

DATE:              February 13

TIME:               2:30-3:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click this link Register

This webinar will offer definitions of community and utility resiliency in the context of disaster preparedness, recovery, and proactive planning measures. Resiliency enables communities and utilities to remain economically and socially viable in the face of extreme weather or economic events.  This event is hosted by the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center

What Challenges Do Different Sizes & Types of Systems Face?

DATE:              February 27

TIME:               2:30-3:30PM (eastern)

Register           Click this link Register

This webinar will address the challenges of delivering safe, potable water to communities of varying size and the differences and similarities of management challenges that both small and large systems face.  This event is hosted by the Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center.

New Resiliency Webinar from EFCN

Our EFCN partners are hosting a webinar titled Resilience:  Planning on Disaster and Preparing for Disruption.  How do you prevent or mitigate the duration of severity of water service interruptions – especially if you’re a small system?

DATE:              Wednesday, September 20

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7020594331405763586

This event will outline a basic framework for small water systems to use in in their resilience planning.  It will also offer various tools and resources to help get plan implementation off the ground.

EPA Sustainable Systems Team Shares Tabletop Exercise

EPA’s Sustainable Systems Team has developed a Tabletop Exercise and Facilitators Guide that states and assistance providers may want to use on their own.  The Sustainable Systems Team has worked through this Exercise a couple of times at National and Regional workshops and the response has been very positive.

The Exercise assigns roles for a variety of state programs and works through a project list that needs input from each of the respective roleplayers.  Projects are prioritized and funding, compliance, and/or assistance decisions are made based on that input.  As noted in the provided materials, the purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate that a better understanding of other state roles, increased communication, and collaboration among different roles, will result in better, more holistic, PWS assistance.  Here’s the link to the Exercise and Facilitator’s Guide:  https://www.epa.gov/dwcapacity/table-top-exercise-collaborating-across-state-drinking-water-programs-support-sustainable

EPA ORD Tackles Water Security

Registration is now open for EPA’s Small Drinking Water Systems Webinar on Water Security and Resiliency.

DATE:              Tuesday, April 25, 2017

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/287664509489298691

The webinar will cover two different new tools designed to meet water utility needs.  The first is the Route to Resilience tool designed to help small and medium sized drinking water utilities learn more about becoming resilient to all hazards.  The second featured tool is the Water Network Tool for Resilience that should be released later this year.  This tool will help water utilities investigate the resilience of their systems to a wide range of hazardous scenarios and evaluate emergency response actions and long term resilience-enhancing strategies.

More information on both of these presentations is available when you click the registration link above.

EPA WSD Hosts 3-Part Webinar Series on Improving Response

EPA’s Water Security Division is hosting a three part webinar series for water and wastewater utilities and emergency management agencies to learn how to increase resilience and improve emergency response efforts.

Why is ASDWA telling you about this?  These discussions are very helpful for small systems that need to know the advantages of working with their local emergency management folks before something happens and how to receive support and assistance after something does!

ASDWA encourages you to participate and also share this learning opportunity with your water systems.

Webinar 1: Why should I care about collaboration?

DATE:                  May 10, 2017

TIME:                   1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:        https://epa-water-ess-webinar1.eventbrite.com

This webinar will provide an overview of the critical interdependencies between the water and emergency services sectors.  It will include speakers from an emergency management agency and a water utility to discuss how their organizations have benefitted from mutual collaboration.

 

Webinar 2: What have others done?

DATE:                  May 24, 2017

TIME:                   1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:        https://epa-water-ess-webinar2.eventbrite.com

This webinar will provide in-depth discussions of how two drinking water and wastewater utilities have worked with their local emergency management agencies, to their mutual benefit.

 

Webinar 3: Confronting Challenges – Access and Fuel Supply Planning

DATE:                  June 14, 2017

TIME:                   1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:        https://epa-water-ess-webinar3.eventbrite.com

In this webinar, speakers from both sectors will discuss how they approached resolving access issues to disaster sites (credentialing) and what efforts they have undertaken to create a more resilient fuel supply.

All three webinars are free but each requires a separate registration in advance of the event.  Webinar links will be shared approximately one week prior to the event.

 

Did You Miss “Communicating with the Public”?

On February 9, ASDWA’s colleagues at AWWA and the Environmental Finance Center Network cosponsored a webinar titled Communicating with the Public about Water Infrastructure.  The information and shared techniques on effective communication were very helpful.  If you didn’t have a chance to view the webinar, you can watch it at your convenience using this link:  http://efcnetwork.org/events/webinar-communicating-public-water-infrastructure/.

 

Financing Recovery and Mitigation – A Free Webinar Series

Learning about funding opportunities and how to access them is important for all members of the small system community. EPA is hosting two new webinars that showcase available funding for both disaster recovery efforts and resilience mitigation projects.  Please share these webinar discussions with your smaller systems.

Disaster Recovery Financing

DATE:              November 22

TIME:               1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/disaster-recovery-financing-tickets-28791523221

This event describes how states and communities use SRF, FEMA, and other financing approaches to recover from a disaster. Utility and state speakers will share tips and examples.

Resilience Mitigation Financing

DATE:              December 7

TIME:               1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resilience-mitigation-financing-tickets-28791849196

This event focuses on tools and financing resources to conduct resilience planning and to mitigate impacts before a disaster strikes. Utilities will share stories about investing in resilient infrastructure.

 

ASDWA and EPA WSD Explore Hazard Mitigation

Hazard mitigation is important for small systems.  By engaging with local mitigation offices, small water systems may be able to take advantage of some funding opportunities that would improve their resiliency to recurring events like flooding or power loss.  It’s the kind of proactive and preventive action that helps water systems be more sustainable and resilient.

On September 15, ASDWA and EPA cohosted a webinar and interactive discussion to showcase Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters: A Starter Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities.  This Guide explains why mitigation is important; how small systems can be included in their community’s local mitigation plan; how to identify potential mitigation projects; and how to implement and fund proposed mitigation projects.

You are invited to visit ASDWA’s security web page at www.asdwa.org/security and scroll to the Important Documents Section.  There you will find:

+ A link to the video recording of the webinar

+ A link to the Hazard Mitigation Guide

+ A link to FEMA’s list of State Hazard Mitigation Officers

You are also encouraged to share the Guide with your water systems.

How to Help with Hazard Mitigation for Small Systems

ASDWA and EPA’s Water Security Division are teaming up to present a webinar that will consider how state primacy agencies can work with both their state hazard mitigation offices and their utilities to promote, fund, and implement hazard mitigation projects.  Mitigation is important for smaller systems as it can help recurring disasters (like flooding at the treatment plant) from happening again and may provide funding to achieve the goal – a perfect example of TMF in action!

DATE:              Thursday, September 15, 2016

TIME:               1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/615897312349016579

The webinar will include examples of successful state agency coordination that results in utilities implementing appropriate mitigation measures.  This will also be states’ first opportunity to view a demonstration of EPA’s newly released tool, Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters: A Starter Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities.

The target audience and discussion focus for this event is state drinking water programs.  Other events are planned to share these materials with other members of the water community.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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