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ATTENTION NEVADA WATER & WASTEWATER UTILITIES: FACE MASKS AND THERMOMETERS AVAILABLE
Face Masks: The EPA is working with FEMA to deliver cloth face masks to water sector employees at Nevada water and wastewater utilities. The one-size-fits-all cloth masks are white, washable and reusable. The masks ARE NOT PPE and should not be used with chemicals or in hazardous environments where N95 or other respirators are required. Although the distribution will be handled by NvWARN, membership is not required.

Thermometers: The State of Nevada has been provided infrared thermometers through FEMA for distribution to the critical infrastructure sector to assist in screening to keep your utility safe, healthy and operational. Nevada's County governments were also provided numerous units based on community size. Because we do not have enough for all water and wastewater utilities, please check with your local Emergency Manager first if you are a public utility. Requests exceeding the supply will be prioritized to wastewater utilities and Community Water Systems.

Distribution of face masks and thermometers will be aided by the volunteer efforts of the Nevada Rural Water Association and Nevada WARN. To request face masks or thermometers for your utility, please follow the link below to an online form.

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Dear Water/Wastewater Professional:

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Events such as 9/11, the 1994 Northridge earthquake and Hurricane Katrina identified a need for water and wastewater utilities to create an intrastate mutual aid and assistance program. The program can help reduce the impact of such events and expedite recovery efforts.

The Homeland Security Presidential Directive has identified WARN programs that are forming across the country as critical to the nation's infrastructure. A utilities-helping-utilities or peer-to-peer approach to incident response and recovery is the most effective and efficient way to help a utility bring its system back to normal operations within the shortest time frame possible.

A group of Nevada water and wastewater utilities, with the support from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), have joined together to create the Nevada Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (NvWARN), a web-driven, statewide mutual assistance program.

Managed through this website, NvWARN provides immediate assistance for member utilities during an emergency. NvWARN allows water and wastewater utilities to request equipment and personnel to assist during natural or man-made events that impact water and wastewater systems.

As a representative of a Nevada drinking water or wastewater agency, we would like to invite your agency to join this vital program. While there is no obligation for a utility to provide or receive aid, the program provides a tool for use should events dictate a need.

The advantages are many:

To become a NvWARN agency, fill out the Membership Interest Form. For general information about NvWARN, fill out the NvWARN Contact Form or read the NvWARN brochure.

NvWARN was originally funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, administered by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. Today the program is self sufficient through in-kind services. There are no membership fees.

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