Emergency Planning

Water is vital to life no matter where you are on the planet. The capacities to live, make food, and maintain hygiene are dependant on a supply of safe water. In an event that disrupts daily routine, residents need water to cure disease, extinguish fires or avoid evacuation. Essentially, water is important to everyday life. It cannot stop flowing when disasters occur. Operating a water plant comes with a responsibility to the public trust. Water system operators should be ready to work when others are expecting to stay home.

Having a plan for any type of disaster is the first step to being prepared. Below are various topics to consider when planning for an emergency. Planning happens in a cycle. Prepare your system using the documents found in each subtopic below.

Emergency Planning Cycle

PWS Planning Cycle








Emergency Planning Areas

Emergency Resources

Emergency Types

Emergency Planning Guidance