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Improving the security of our nation's drinking water and wastewater infrastructures has become a top priority since the events of 9/11. Significant actions are underway to assess and reduce vulnerabilities to potential terrorist attacks; to plan for and practice response to emergencies and incidents; and to develop new security technologies to detect and monitor contaminants and prevent security breaches. This tabletop exercise CD has been developed by the EPA to allow state, regional, and local water and wastewater utility staff to prepare and conduct incident response training via tabletop exercises. The CD contains materials and guidance to assist first responders to successfully plan and conduct tabletop exercises that represent several emergency response scenarios. Tabletop exercises are defined further on the Introduction page.

This CD also contains guidance developed by the EPA that emergency planners can use when developing their emergency plans and procedures. One of the guidance documents included on this CD is the Interim Final Response Protocol Toolbox: Planning for and Responding to Contamination Threats to Drinking Water Systems. The modules that comprise the “Toolbox” provide tools that are designed to help water and wastewater utilities to effectively and appropriately plan for and respond to intentional contamination threats and incidents. EPA produced the Toolbox by building on the experience and expertise of several drinking water utilities, particularly the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Organized in modular format, the Toolbox will be of value to drinking water utilities, laboratories, emergency responders, state drinking water programs, technical assistance providers and public health and law enforcement officials. Users are encouraged to review the overview before using other Modules. Please note that the Toolbox contains guidance that may be adopted voluntarily. The modules are also available in MS Word for those wishing to utilize the forms and text.

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