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Useful Water Security Web Links

Federal Links
Environmental Protection Agency - Water Security Division

National Response Plan

EPA Lab Compendium (searchable database of labs and their capabilities, requires registration)

EPA LEPC Database (Find Your Local Emergency Planning Committee)

CDC Emergency Preparedness & Response

CDC, "Bioterrorism Alleging Use of Anthrax and Interim Guidelines for Management - United States, 1998"

Chemical and Biological Defense Information Analysis Center

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security - Critical Infrastructure

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

National Cyber Security Division, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

National Disaster Medical System

EPA National Homeland Security Research Center (EPA ORD)

National Response Center

Terrorism Research Center
Water Sector Links
American Water Works Association

The America Works Association (AWWA) aims to advance public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the entire water community.  The link to the homepage is most appropriate because the entire AWWA provides links to water security conferences, education and training, science and technology, and a Water Infrastructure Security Enhancement webpage that provides utilities with links to water security guidance documents, training and resources. 

National Association of Clean Water Agencies

Formerly the Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies, now called the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), represents the interests of the nation’s wastewater treatment agencies and environmental practitioners that serve the majority of the sewered population.  The homepage provides links to water security conferences, education and training, science and technology, etc.  Additionally, the NACWA web site offers a Clean Water Advocacy Security webpage that provides wastewater utilities with links to reports regarding improving security at wastewater plants and protection of wastewater infrastructure.

Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies

The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) is an organization of the largest publicly owned drinking water systems in the United States.  Since there is no dedicated water security page on this site, the links a user of the CD would want to access can be found on the home page.

Association of State Drinking Water Administrators

The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) is a non-profit organization designed to assist state drinking water representatives with regulating drinking water and assisting water utilities with all aspects of providing clean water.  The ASDWA website includes links to water security related resources, events, and publications.

AWWA Research Foundation

The America American Water Works Association Research Foundation (AwwaRF) is a member-supported, international, nonprofit organization that sponsors research to enable water utilities, public health agencies, and other professionals to provide safe and affordable drinking water to consumers.  The AwwaRF website provides browsers with Foundation project descriptions, contract forms for research agreements, request for proposals, conferences, and publications.  In addition, the Research Center webpage provides a portal to all Foundation research content. 

National Association of Water Companies

The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) represents all aspects of the private water service industry.  The website provides links to their water security programs.  NAWC membership appears to be free and available to individuals and companies interested in private drinking water issues.

WaterISAC Information Sharing and Analysis Center

WaterISAC is an organization governed by a Board of Managers, comprised of water utility managers that are appointed by the national drinking water and wastewater organizations.  The WaterISAC website offers a secure database, expert analysis, information gathering, and the rapid distribution of reports and government alerts about threats to America’s drinking water and wastewater utilities.  It is the only centralized, up-to-the-minute resource of its kind serving the water sector. 

National Rural Water Association

The mission of the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) is a non-profit federation of State Rural Water Associations.  NRWA’s mission is to provide support services to State Associations who have more than 24,550 water and wastewater systems as members.  Member state associations often with their own websites, offer a variety of state specific programs, services, and member benefits such as training programs and on-site assistance in areas of operation, maintenance, finance, and governance.   The NRWA website provides browsers with information regarding conferences, meetings and events. 

Water Environment Federation

The Water Environment Federation is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with members from varied disciplines.  WEF’s vision to “preserve and enhance the global water environment” is the basis for all WEF programs and activities.  The WEF website provides published research documents on water security; announces training opportunities; posts conferences and other special events.

Water Environment Research Foundation

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is a nonprofit organization that helps utilities and corporations preserve the water environment and protect human health by providing science and technology research to enhance management of water resources.  The WERF website provides access to published research articles, WERF news articles, and highlighted publications. 

Presidential Decision Directive 63: Critical Infrastructure Protection

Executive Order 13231: Critical Infrastructure Protection

Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-7

Contaminant Resources
Centers for Disease Control Chemical Agents

Centers for Disease Control Biological Agents

Physician Preparedness for Acts of Water Terrorism

This website provides important information to physicians regarding the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of waterborne disease, and the health effects of acute and chronic exposure to water pollution.  The introductory information on this website discusses the clinical constraints and time restrictions of practicing clinicians, new diagnostic challenges and the consequences of misdiagnosis.  The website offers free access to a Physician On-line Reference Guide, a Continuing Medical Education (CME) module of this Physician On-Line Reference Guide, and other webpages, such as The Basics of Water Safety and Disease Trends, Evaluation and Management of Water-Bourne Disease, Health Risk Communication, and the Clinician Internet Resource Search Engine.

Health Protection Agency (UK) Chemical Agents

The Health Protection Agency is an independent body dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the population in the UK, in particular from infectious diseases and potential hazards involving chemicals, poisons, or radiation.  The link to the website is appropriate because it provides a variety of information on infectious diseases, chemicals, poisons and radiation.  In addition, the website contains a section on the UK Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response (CEPR), accessible from the home-page.  The CEPR is dedicated to preparing for and coordinating responses to potential healthcare emergencies (e.g., virulent new strain of disease), including possible acts of deliberate release, such as a bio-terrorist attack.

Water Contaminant Information Tool

Training Links
National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training

National Response Plan (NRP) Training

Exercise Design Training

International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)

The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)is a non-profit educational organization for the emergency management community.  Their website provides information on emergency management, networking and professional opportunities in the field, access to field-related publications and news, as well as a section describing how to become a Certified Emergency Manager.

National Emergency Management Association (NEMA)

The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) is a non-partisan, non-profit association dedicated to enhancing public safety by improving preparedness for, response to, and recovery from all emergencies, disasters, and threats to national security.  Their website provides information on upcoming emergency management conferences, state Hazard Mitigation Officer training course material, as well as the names of state emergency management contacts, and links to other relevant emergency management websites, such as EMAC, the emergency management assistance compact.  State directors of emergency management are the core membership of NEMA, other members include homeland security advisors, federal agencies, private sector companies and concerned individuals, but most of the website is accessible to non-members.

National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD)

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) coordinates planning efforts and communication by many voluntary organizations responding to a disaster.  Their website provides a guide to managing spontaneous volunteers, a manual for effective long-term recovery from a disaster, contact information for individual members of NVOAD, listed by state, and encourages volunteers to train, prepare, and become acquainted with each other prior to any disaster response. Crisis, Conflict, and Emergency Service News, Analysis, and Reference Information

The Emergency Response and Research Institute website or, is composed of links to relevant emergency response manuals (e.g., NIMS) and articles related to emergency operations and terrorism.   It provides the user with an understanding of how certain agencies, such as police, fire, or EMS respond to emergency events.

National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT)

Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) is a non-profit institution expanding and sharing knowledge through research, analysis, and training to help prevent terrorism and lessen its effects.  The website provides access to a terrorism knowledge base, offering information on terrorist incidents, groups, and trials; terrorism-related resources, such as articles, e-books, etc; a responder knowledge base for emergency responders, including information on standards, training, and grants; lessons-learned reports; and a donation section to support MIPT.

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