AWWA Expresses Solidarity with Gulf Coast, Texas WARN Activates in Response to Harvey
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
AWWA expresses solidarity with Gulf Coast, Texas WARN activates in response to Harvey
August 28, 2017
With heavy rain continuing in the Gulf Coast and much more on the way, AWWA CEO David LaFrance today issued the following statement.
As the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey becomes apparent in Houston and other Gulf Coast communities, water professionals from throughout the world have already begun to contact AWWA with offers of assistance to their colleagues in the impacted areas. The spirit of compassion and solidarity demonstrated by AWWA members in moments of tragedy never ceases to amaze, though we see it time and again. There are offers to assist with equipment, send work crews and provide donations of all kinds. All of AWWA is concerned for the impacted communities and pledges its continued support.
With the weather event ongoing, we are still in the grips of the emergency. Emergency responders will continue their heroic work for many days to come, and the long-term recovery needs will come into focus. In the short-term, AWWA strongly encourages members wishing to help to consider financial donations to reputable emergency response organizations such as the American Red Cross. (See other assistance organizations).
Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, AWWA took the lead in the creation of the Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network, or WARN as it's more commonly known. WARN allows utilities to partner with other utilities in advance of an emergency to assure they can provide immediate help during moments like these. The Texas WARN system (TXWARN) was activated days before Hurricane Harvey arrived, and already, utilities are receiving assistance with critical items like pumps and generators.
TXWARN is coordinating with Texas State Emergency Management to respond to water-related impacts from the storm. As damage assessments are completed and addition resource needs are identified, requests for assistance will first be managed locally and regionally. Further assistance will be managed through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact in coordination with State Emergency Operations Center and TXWARN.
We will keep you posted as the situation along the Gulf Coast develops and additional opportunities to assist emerge. Again, for now, AWWA encourages financial donations to reputable emergency relief organizations working in the impacted communities.