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Virtual NvWARN Functional Exercise Event
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. PST, Dec. 19

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  • Emergency Support Function (ESF): Details the missions, policies, structures and responsibilities of federal agencies for coordinating resource and programmatic support to states, tribes, and other federal agencies or other jurisdictions and entities during Incidents of national significance.
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER): A regulation of US OSHA that regulates the safety and health of the employees of hazardous waste facilities and in any emergency response activities involving hazardous substances.
  • Incident Command System (ICS): A standardized, on-scene, all-hazard incident management protocol originally designed for fire fighting agencies and later federalized. The goal of ICS is to prove a common framework within which people can work together effectively in a crisis situation. ICS is designed to give standard response and operation procedures for emergency incidents to reduce the potential for miscommunication between multiple agencies that do not usually work together.
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS): A system used to coordinate emergency preparedness and incident management among various federal, state, and local agencies.
  • National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP): Called for by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7, this plan aims to unify critical infrastructure and key resource protection efforts across the country.
  • National Integration Center (NIC): This center oversees all aspects of NIMS including the development of compliance criteria and implementation activities at federal, state and local levels. It also provides guidance and support to jurisdictions and incident management and responder organizations as they adopt the system.
  • Pneumatic tools: Also known as "air tools," these tools are driven by gas, usually compressed air supplied by a gas compressor, or compressed carbon dioxide (C02) stored in small cylinders.
  • Requestor: The utility in need of and requesting or receiving mutual aid and assistance resources.
  • Responder: The utility providing mutual aid and assistance resources.
  • Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA): Refers to a large-scale, distributed measurement and control system used to perform data collection and control at the supervisory level. These systems typically handle many daily operational functions at water and wastewater utilities.
  • Water-Sector Specific Plan (SSP): A strategic "roadmap" for future water-specific security efforts developed by the Department of Homeland Security, the US EPA, the Water Sector Coordinating Council, and the Government Water Sector Coordinating Council.


  • AWWA: American Water Works Association
  • CDL: Commercial Driver's License
  • CFM: Cubic feet Per Minute
  • CFR: Code of Federal Regulations
  • CWA: Clean Water Act
  • DOT: U.S. Department of Transportation
  • EOC: Emergency Operations Center
  • FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • GAC: Granular Activated Carbon
  • GPS: Global Positioning System
  • HAZMAT: Hazardous Materials Team
  • HP: Horsepower
  • KW: Kilowatts
  • MGD: Million Gallons Per Day
  • MIOX: Mixed Oxidants
  • OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • PAC: Powdered Activated Carbon
  • PIO: Public Information Officer
  • PLC: Programmable Logic Controller
  • PPE: Personal Protective Equipment
  • RCRA: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • RO: Reverse Osmosis
  • RMP: Revolutions Per Minute
  • SCADA: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
  • SDWA: Safe Drinking Water Act
  • SSO: Sanitary Sewer Overflow
  • SUV: Sport Utility Vehicle
  • UV: Ultraviolet (disinfection)
  • WARN: Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network
  • WITAF: Water Industry Technical Action Fund