After an Incident—Evaluating an Advisory
Tools and Templates
Each advisory incident is an opportunity to compare planning to performance, and expectations to outcomes.
Post-incident activities are essential to improve, learn, and prepare for future incidents. They should reflect the scope and scale of the incident.
The key is to understand what worked and what did not work during a drinking water advisory in order to improve the process for the future. Post-incident activities are meant to employ a lessons learned approach where improvements and enhancements are discussed and incorporated in procedures for the next time. Everyone who had a role in the incident should have a chance to contribute to the review process. The review should be conducted in a positive manner and should focus on ways to improve performance. Surveys of the public may be helpful in understanding what improvements are needed.
Checklist: After an Incident
- Submit report to drinking water primacy agency.
- Debrief and conduct an after action review with staff and partners.
- Perform an evaluation.
- Collect data and information related to the advisory.
- Analyze and synthesize the data.
- Incorporate changes into SOPs.
- Identify additional communication steps.
- Follow up with the public.
- Page last reviewed: February 17, 2017
- Page last updated: February 17, 2017
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