Kansas | From Emergency Management to Building Resilience: A Workshop for Small Water Systems

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Date(s) - 11/01/2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex (Room 138)


CEHs: This workshop is approved for 5 hours of water operator renewal credit.
Cost: Complimentary.

Now more than ever, water utilities must learn to be resilient in the face of an uncertain future. At this workshop, we will discuss potential threats in your region, including extreme weather and climate disruptions, and give you tools to identify risks, assess vulnerabilities, and plan for impacts. Participants will then put their new knowledge to the test in an emergency water supply & demand interactive exercise. During this exercise attendees will work together to asses a hazard situation, prioritize needs, and plan for and implement actions strategies in order to manage threats. Finally, we will spend the afternoon hearing from state contacts who can help turn your plans into action.

In this workshop, attendees will learn:
How to identify threats to small water systems and their impacts and consequences
How to gain familiarity with planning and preparing for utility emergencies
How to access local resources

Who Should Attend:
• Managers, owners, and operators of small water systems serving less than 10,000 people, including local government systems and tribal systems, as well as all other types of water systems, such as: homeowners associations, mobile home parks, resorts/campgrounds, schools, prisons, and more
• Decision-makers for water utilities, including mayors, finance officers, utility managers, public works directors, city councilors, board members, tribal council members, and clerks
• Consultants and technical assistance providers serving water systems

Brandy Espinola, Program Manager – Environmental Finance Center, University of Maryland
Nick Willis, Program Manager – Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center

Local Presenters: 
Jim Leftwich – Kansas Division of Emergency Management
Brad Mears – Kansas Municipal Utilities
William Carr – Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Contact: Leslie Kimble, leslie.kimble@wichita.edu



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