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Preface

In addition to the Toolbox, water utilities may also wish to take advantage of the guidance provided in the Large Water System Emergency Response Plan Outline: Guidance to Assist Community Water Systems in Complying with the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 [PDF - 79 KB - 12 pp] or the Emergency Response Plan Guidance for Small and Medium Community Water Systems [PDF - 415 KB - 45 pp] to Comply with the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, also included on this CD.

The large system outline guidance was developed to aid utilities in preparing emergency response plans as required by the Bioterrorism Act. It provides guidance concerning issues that are not required by the federal government, and some sections might not be applicable to every system. In addition, states might have requirements that supersede this outline. The guidance document for small and medium systems was published by EPA for use by community water systems serving a population between 3,301 and 99,999 as they develop or revise emergency response plans. The document should be of considerable value to key authorities with critical roles during emergency response or remediation actions resulting from a drinking water contamination threat or incident. This document is also available in MS Word for those wishing to utilize the forms and text. Printed copies, in limited quantities, can be obtained from the National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP) at 1-800-490-9198.

EPA would like to acknowledge all those individuals and organizations who contributed to the development and review of the Emergency Response Tabletop Exercise CD.


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