Category: Emergency Response

Rural Water Prepared for Future Disasters with Emergency Response Training

CAIRO, Ga. – Emergency: A Rural Water team starts loading diesel generators onto a semi-trailer while others methodically work through the process of connecting generators and bypass pumps. It’s only a few weeks after hurricanes like Harvey and Irma made landfall, and 83 Rural Water experts from 23 states are in Cairo, Georgia, training for… Read more »

Georgia Honors Fort Payne, Ala. for Assistance After Hurricane Irma

CAIRO, Ga. – After Hurricane Irma left a swath of communities in Georgia without power, the Alabama city of Fort Payne sent a crew of workers and generators into their neighboring state. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources honored their efforts by presenting them coins at the emergency response training held on Oct. 11 in… Read more »

Rural Water Associations in Florida and Georgia Assisting Utilities After Irma

DUNCAN, Okla. – Emergency Response teams from the Florida Rural Water Association and Georgia Rural Water Association staged personnel, equipment and supplies outside the heaviest areas of the storm and have begun assisting utilities after Irma’s landfall. Associations started making detailed plans as the storms approached, assessing potentiality-impacted systems and outlining the generators and equipment… Read more »

IRIS Service Proving Valuable to Systems After Hurricanes

HOUSTON, Texas – The Immediate Response Information System, or IRIS, is proving its value to water and wastewater utilities after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The IRIS system gives organizations the ability to broadcast information through phone calls, text messages, email and social media. “The IRIS system sent notifications to thousands of subscribers in Texas and… Read more »

Rural Water Begins Assisting Texas and Louisiana Utilities as Harvey Flood Waters Recede

DUNCAN, Okla. – Staff from the Texas Rural Water Association and the Louisiana Rural Water Association have begun providing assistance to the small water and wastewater utilities affected by Hurricane Harvey. As flood waters recede, these water professionals are beginning to assess systems, provide emergency power generation and provide assistance with repairs. TRWA has already… Read more »

Rural Water Prepared to Restore Water After Harvey

DUNCAN, Okla. – State Rural Water Associations, especially those in Texas and Louisiana are ready to respond to small communities once flood waters recede. “Restoring water and wastewater service is the primary goal of the Rural Water Emergency Response teams,” said Matt Holmes, Deputy CEO of the National Rural Water Association. The Rural Water Network consist… Read more »