Water Sector Mutual Aid
How the WARN Program Facilitates Rapid Response
and Recovery of Water Systems

John Whitler
Environmental Protection Specialist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Water Security Division

Kevin M. Morley, Ph.D.
Security & Preparedness Program Manager
American Water Works Association (AWWA)

November 28, 201

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Related Web Resources:
EPA WARN Website
Background on the W.A.R.N. Initiative Video
WARN Table Top Exercises Video
"Coordination of the Water and Emergency Services Sectors"
AWWA "Utilities Helping Utilities Action Plan"
EPA "Public Assistance for Water and Wastewater Utilities in Emergencies and Disasters"
EPA Federal Funding for Utilities - Water/Wastewater - in National Disasters (Fed FUNDS)
EPA Lessons Learned from Water/Wastewater Utilities that Participated in PA Program

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John Whitler is an environmental protection specialist with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Water Security Division. John has a bachelor's from Indiana University in public affairs, majoring in policy studies, with a minor in environmental management and a master’s of environmental sciences and policy from Johns Hopkins University.

John has worked on water sector preparedness and emergency response at EPA since 2004. John helped publish several guidance documents and tool relating to water sector preparedness, response, and resiliency.  John is the Water Security Division’s lead in the promotion of mutual aid and assistance agreements in the water sector and also works on other emergency response training. Most recently, John has focused on providing the water sector with tools and information to support their climate change adaptation efforts.

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Kevin M. Morley, Ph.D. is the Security & Preparedness Program Manager for the American Water Works Association (AWWA).  In this role he works closely with a variety of organizations tasked with advancing the security and preparedness of the Nation’s critical infrastructure, including DHS, EPA, CDC and the Water Sector Coordinating Council, which is part of National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) sector partnership. This has included facilitating the expansion of mutual aid and assistance networks within the water sector based on the “Utilities Helping Utilities Action Plan” developed by AWWA in 2005.

In addition, he has supported the development of water sector standards, such as ANSI/AWWA G430: Security Practices for Operations and Management, ANSI/AWWA G440: Emergency Preparedness and ANSI/ASME-ITI/AWWA J100: Risk Analysis and Management for Critical Asset Protection (RAMCAP®) Standard for Risk and Resilience Management of Water and Wastewater Systems. Most recently he led the development of a resource guide entitled Planning for an Emergency Water Supply in collaboration with the USEPA to support requirements of the 2002 Bioterrorism Act.

Dr. Morley received his Ph.D. from George Mason University for research assessing the resilience of the water sector through the development of the Utility Resilience Index (URI).

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