Disaster Preparedness: Before An Event
A single Disaster Preparedness Links page featuring the links found on all three pages within the Disaster Preparedness Toolkit (links for Before An Event, After An Event, and Disaster Preparedness Training) is also available.
Drinking Water During an Emergency
- Personal Water Use - Safe Drinking Water in Emergencies (CDC). Information on creating a water, sanitation, and hygiene-related disaster kit and planning for finding, treating, and storing safe water.
- Disaster Supplies Kit (CDC). Full CDC guidance on creating a disaster supply kit.
- Drinking Water Advisory, Planning, & Emergency Response Resources (CDC). Guidance around drinking water advisory communication, emergency water supply planning for health care facilities, planning for an emergency water supply, and pipe breakage.
- When Every Drop Counts: Protecting Public Health During Drought Conditions (CDC). Guidance for public health professionals on how to prepare for and respond to drought conditions in their communities.
- Drought (National Groundwater Association). Information on the impacts of drought on household water wells. Guidance for well owners.
- Information for Well Owners: Safe Drinking Water during a Drought [PDF - 2 pages] (New Mexico Department of Health). Guidance on obtaining drinking water during drought conditions for owners of wells.
- Guidance for Private Well Owners (State of Connecticut). Guidance for private well owners during drought conditions.
Inspecting and Disinfecting Wells
Sewage and Septic Systems
- What To Do With Septic Systems Before and After an Emergency (CDC)
- Install a Sewer Backflow Valve [PDF - 1 page] (New York State)
- Video: Demo of Sewer Backflow Prevention Device (Public Works Group)
- Water Security (CDC). Links to information on planning for the protection of water supplies and responding to contamination threats and incidents.
- Water Security (EPA). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Emergency/Incident Planning enables responders from a variety of jurisdictions to work together effectively when responding to an emergency.
- Vulnerability Assessments. Tools and training to aid water utilities in assessing their vulnerabilities to adversarial actions.
- Emergency/Incident Planning. Tools and training to help water utilities develop a plan to respond to emergencies.
- Security Enhancements, Research and Technology. Latest scientific advances to protect drinking water and wastewater systems.
- Emergency Response Plan Guidance for Small and Medium Community Water Systems [PDF - 45 pages].
- Tools and Technical Assistance
- Water Contaminant Information Tool. A secure, online database developed by the U.S. EPA that provides information on contaminants of concern for water security. As a planning tool, WCIT can be used to help create and update emergency response plans and site-specific response guidelines. As a response tool, WCIT can be used to provide real-time data on water contaminants to help utilities make decisions if contamination occurs.
- Emergency Response Tabletop CD-ROM Exercises for Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems. Exercises to train water and wastewater utility workers and health officials in preparing and carrying out emergency response plans.
- When Every Drop Counts: Protecting Public Health During Drought Conditions (CDC). This guide is intended to assist public health officials, practitioners, and other stakeholders in their efforts first to understand and then to prepare for drought in their communities.
- National Response Framework [PDF - 90 pages] (FEMA). An extensive consultation guidebook for practitioners and policymakers at all levels. The guidebook includes operational planning for specific types of incidents.
- Water-Related Diseases, Contaminants, and Injuries (CDC)
- Infectious Disease after a Disaster (CDC)
- A to Z Index (CDC). Topical index that includes specific diseases or pathogens, listed alphabetically.
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Emergency Preparedness and Response
- U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services