Emergency Management Resources

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Emergency management consists of five phases. Each phase plays an important role in ensuring that communities are resilient in an emergency. To the left is an illustration of the emergency management cycle (click the image to enlarge), along with a tools and resources below for water and wastewater utilities.

Prevention

  • Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC)
    • OCIAC provides an integrated, multi-disciplined, information and intelligence sharing network to collect, analyze, and disseminate information on all criminal risks and safety threats. For more information visit: OCIAC
    • Report Tips & Leads

Preparedness

Response

Recovery

  • In order to receive FEMA Stafford Act or California Disaster Assistance, many forms and documentation is required. WEROC will provide some guidance and documents in the near future.
  • Federal Funding for Water and Wastewater Utilities in National Disasters (Fed FUNDS) – This website gives utilities information about federal disaster funding programs. Although Fed FUNDS focuses on major disasters, you can use the information for any incident that disrupts water or wastewater services or damages critical infrastructure. To learn more visit: Fed FUNDS
  • Financing Disaster Recovery and Resilience Mitigation for Water and Wastewater Utilities (Webinar) – The costs associated with these disaster events is rising. The EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center and EPA’s Water Security Division have organized two free webinars to highlight the financing resources available to utilities and communities for disaster recovery and resilience planning with mitigation. To view the webinars visit the EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center
  • Public Assistance for Water and Wastewater Utilities in Emergencies and Disasters – The following resource provides information about the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance Program. To learn more visit: FEMA’s Public Assistance Program
  • Learn about Decontamination for Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities – This Environmental Protection Agency resource offers water utilities information on decontamination, handling contaminated water, and provides strategies to decontaminate. To learn more visit: EPA Water Utility Response
  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Mitigation

  • The Orange County Regional Water and Wastewater Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved by FEMA in 2020. The complete plan including the participating agencies is obtainable in the Safety Center mobile application (phone or tablet) administered by WEROC. The application contains WEROC emergency plans, member and coordinating agency emergency contact information, and other pertinent resources that can be easily accessed during emergencies by member agencies. The Dude Solutions Safety Center Application can be accessed using your mobile application online store.

    To become an authorized user or to add/delete users for your agency, contact WEROC (jschunk@mwdoc.com) to request access. Others requiring a copy of this plan, can make a request at weroc@mwdoc.com

  • Building Flood Resilience at your Water Utility
  • Hazard Mitigation Information
  • FEMA Hazard Mitigation Planning Tools
  • Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters – This interactive, user-friendly guide tells utilities how to mitigate natural disasters and their impacts, including floods, earthquakes, droughts, wildfires, tornados and power outages.
  • Hazard Mitigation Grant ProgramThe program provides for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to and after disasters.

Events List

For questions related to WEROC, please contact our WEROC team members directly:

Vicki Osborn, Director of Emergency Management, (714) 593-5010, vosborn@mwdoc.com

Daniel Harrison, WEROC Specialist, (714) 593-5032, dharrison@mwdoc.com

Janine Schunk, Sr. Administrative Assistant, (714) 593-5021, jschunk@mwdoc.com