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All Hazards Emergency Preparedness for Drinking Water Systems

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During a natural disaster or pandemic emergency, it should be assumed that water systems could have severe shortages in staffing and disruptions in the supply chain. There is also potential for disruption of communications, transportation, services, utilities and public safety. The most important step for water systems is to update their emergency response plans and to evaluate critical functions and how those would be covered in a disaster or pandemic situation.

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