The mission of the Water Agency Response Network is to support and promote statewide emergency preparedness, disaster response and mutual assistance matters for public and private water and waste-water utilities.
CtWARN is a Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN) that allows water and wastewater systems in Connecticut to receive rapid mutual ais and assistance from other systems in Connecticut to restor facilties damaged by natural or man-made incidents. Utilties sign the CtWARN stanard agreement, which then allows them to share resources with other system in Connecticut that has also signed the standard agreement.
Why do we need CtWARN?
Water and wastewater systems provide our communities with a life-sustaining resource that is of vital importance to maintaining public health, sanitation, and safety. When water and wastewater services are interrupted for extended periods of time, a community's well-being quickly deteriorates, as evidenced by Hurricane Katrina. And without adequate water supply, our communities are vulnerable to devastating fires. By restoring water and wastewater service in the most efficient manner possible, CTWARN provides renewed hope for fast recovery from such disasters.
Who can participate?
CtWARN is available to all public water and wastewater systems in Connecticut. Participation is voluntary, and is not mandated by any local, state, or federal regulation. There is no fee to participate in the program.
What role does the agreement play?
During an emergency, the process and procedures to give and receive mutual aid and assistance are governed by the articles in the CtWARN agreement. The agreement covers issues such as requesting assistance, giving assistance, reimbursement, worker's compensation, and dispute resolution. You may download the agreement on the right of this page.
This is an addendum we would like to offer as a guide to those utilities considering staff sharing. This is not a CtWARN requirement, but it is a strong recommendation. This document originates from the WARN in Oregon and should be discussed as part of any staff sharing conversations between CtWARN members. This is only an example of what is in use elsewhere; this addendum can be altered to the satisfaction of those who may wish to utilize it.
Please forward any CtWARN member updates to [email protected]
Why would I want to join CtWARN?
- No cost and no commitment - There is no fee to join CtWARN, and assistance is provided on a voluntary basis only - there is no requirement to respond or to provide resources.
- Eligibility for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster reimbursement - In case of a federally declared emergency, FEMA reimbursement for received services is contingent upon a pre-existing, signed mutual aid and assistance agreement.
- Developed, managed, and run by water and wastewater systems - CtWARN is developed and managed by Connecticut public water and wastewater systems, so it is established to benefit you to the highest degree possible in terms of giving and receiving aid.
- Timely access to resources - Some emergency aid is contingent upon a disaster declaration from a local or state official. CtWARN does not require a state disaster declaration, which means systems can get needed resources faster.
Access to database of utilities and resources - CtWARN members have access to a database of other systems within the state, including a contact person's name and information, as well as the resources they can provide.
Summary of CtWARN Benefits
- No cost to participate.
- Increased planning and coordination.
- Enhances access to specialized resources.
- A single agreement provides access to all member utilities statewide.
- Expedites arrival of aid.
- It is consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
- Provides a current list of emergency contacts and phone numbers.
- Reduces administrative conflict.
- Avoids federal bureaucracy.
Increases hope within our communities that recovery will come quickly.
For more information please contact: Tom Barger @ [email protected]