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** THIS IS AN EXERCISE** ** THIS IS AN EXERCISE**

Posted on: December 19, 2018 - 6:43am EST

 

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  • Long Island/NYC
  • Southern Region
  • Capital/Adirondack Region
  • Central Region
  • Western Region

 

Description

 

** THIS IS AN EXERCISE** ** THIS IS AN EXERCISE** ** THIS IS AN EXERCISE** Below is the exercise scenrio. A winter storm has been forecast to impact large portions of central and northern New York beginning early morning Friday, December 7th. The latest weather forecast is included at the bottom of this email. Below are suggestions for water utilities to prepare in advance of the storm. Please share this information with NYWARN participants in the exercise. The New York State Department of Health suggests the following general storm preparedness actions: Drinking water utilities need to take precautions in advance of the arrival of a storm (e.g., hurricane, snow, ice, etc.). Public water suppliers in the possible path of the storm should prepare for high winds, storm surge, torrential rain, flooding and extended power outages. To help utilities provide continuity of service to its customers before, during and after the storm, the following actions are recommended: • Prepare for Mutual Aid - Plan in advance, and sign a mutual aid agreement with neighboring utilities or communities. Better yet, join the New York Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (NYWARN). NYWARN is a utility run mutual aid system set up specifically for water and wastewater utilities in New York State. Everything you need to join is available on-line at www.nywarn.org • Water Storage - Fill your storage tanks to help you meet demand during a power outage and to help anchor your tanks during high winds and inundation. • Back Up Power - Fill fuel tanks for your generators. Exercise each generator under load to be sure it is running properly and power transfer is reliable. Assume a lengthy power outage. Estimate the time that you will be able to meet demand with the back-up power, fuel and water storage you have on hand. Identify several possible locations where fuel can be procured in case your primary supplier becomes unable to deliver. • Continuity of Operation - Contact all essential employees to place them on alert. Make sure that sufficient staff will be on duty throughout the expected storm duration. Provide enough food and clean water for staff working extended shifts. Have them bring extra dry clothes, and consider providing sleeping arrangements so that extended duty staff do not become overly tired. • Chemical and Fuel Storage - Check tanks to be sure you have enough essential chemicals (e.g. disinfectant) to get you through the storm. Check tank anchoring to be sure they are protected from wind damage and buoyancy forces (floating or overturning) should they become inundated. • Water Sources - Identify sources that may become inundated. Prepare to remove sources from service, prior to inundation, that may be susceptible to damage from inundation or intrusion by flood borne pathogens or salt water. • Emergency Communications - Check your emergency communications equipment to be sure it is in good working order. Charge all batteries, or replace with fresh ones. Distribute communication equipment to appropriate staff. • Public Communications - Be prepared to provide public information as needed. Check contact information with local radio and television stations. If you do not have storage and/or dedicated backup power sufficient for 3 days, consider pre-preparing water conservation advisory notices that can be issued if needed. • Vehicles - Fill vehicle fuel tanks to be sure they are ready for use in response to the storm. Provide essential equipment (radios, instruments, tools, safety equipment, lights, ropes, etc.). If you do run out of water, remember the code requires that you contact our department and take action to restore the water to your residents. Good communication between you and your consumers is essential. Please pay particular attention to the "Loss of Pressure" template which is part of the NYSDOH boil water templates. https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/boilwater/boil_water_templates.htm ****************************************************** Weather Forecast For exercise purposes today is Tuesday, December 4th. Weather Summary: A complex low pressure system will develop over the Central Plains tonight before lifting northeastward across the Great Lakes on Thursday. Temperatures continue to remain below freezing in the upper 20’s across central New York. The central part of the state is expected to receive 12 inches of snow over 24-36 hours starting early Friday morning. The heaviest accumulations are expected in a band stretching from the Watertown area through Syracuse. Impacts: Hazardous travel conditions due to snow covered roads. The Friday morning commute will likely be impacted across the state. Timing: The snow will move in from southwest to northeast between 3:00 AM and 9:00 AM on Friday, December 7th. The heaviest accumulations are expected to be along the I-81 corridor from the Syracuse area north through Watertown. The next forecast update will be made at approximately 10:00 AM tomorrow, Wednesday, December 5th in the exercise scenario. ** THIS IS AN EXERCISE** ** THIS IS AN EXERCISE** ** THIS IS AN EXERCISE**

 


 

WEBINAR - When, Why and How to Test for Microcystin at Public Water Systems Using ELAP Certified Labs

Posted on: December 19, 2018 - 6:43am EST

 

Attention Regions

 

  • Long Island/NYC
  • Southern Region
  • Capital/Adirondack Region
  • Central Region
  • Western Region

 

Description

 

WEBINAR - When, Why and How to Test for Microcystin at Public Water Systems Using ELAP Certified Labs Hosted by: NYSAWWA | Presented by: NYSDOH June 5, 2018 10:00 am Webinar is Free to attend, registration required! Hours: 1.0 CEU *CEU will be awarded after an attendance verification form is completed and emailed to Section Office. Register Online - https://nysawwa.org/events/HABs-Webinar About the Webinar: The goal is to help public water systems be ready to respond to a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) in their source water and if needed sample for the HAB toxin microcystin. NYSDOH Bureau of Water Supply Protection (BWSP) will review the reasons a public water system should sample for microcystin and how to interpret the data. NYSDOH Wadsworth Center for Laboratories (WC) and the Environmental Laboratory Program (ELAP) program will assist and will also review the analytical methodology and ELAP program.

 


 

Hurricane Irma Pre-Storm Prep

Posted on: December 19, 2018 - 6:43am EST

 

Attention Regions

 

  • Long Island/NYC
  • Southern Region
  • Capital/Adirondack Region
  • Central Region
  • Western Region

 

Description

 

Stay up to date on Hurrican Irma at www.NYWARN.org. Be sure to make sure you can login to NYWARN to access all our features. If you have problems logging in contact Jenny Ingrao at 315-455-2614 or email jenny@nysawwa.org.

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