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Following the impacts of Hurricane Katrina and then Hurricane Rita, it became apparent that even with the extraordinary efforts of utilities, water associations, the WVDHSEM, the demand for resources and knowing where those resources were available overwhelmed the ability to effectively coordinate the initial response.

Realizing that utilities needed a different approach, the below leaders in the water community and state agencies  have joined together to create the West Virginia Water/Wastewater Response Network or WV WARN.



How to Join WV WARN

If your utility hasn't filled out the membership application, click on membership application to register your utility as a member. For more information please contact info@WVWARN.org.

Tutorial: How to use WV WARN (123KB PDF)


Based on three other models, CalWARN, FlaWARN, and TxWARN, WV WARN is designed to provide a utility to utility response during an emergency.

Our mission is to support and promote statewide emergency preparedness, disaster response, and mutual assistance matters for public and private water and wastewater utilities.

The WV WARN Web site does this by providing its members with emergency planning, response and recovery information before, during and after an emergency.   As the nationwide WARN system expands, it will become easier to provide mutual aid to other states as needed.

The core of the WV WARN Web site is its emergency equipment database called the Tool Bucket that matches utility resources to a member's needs during an emergency. A member can locate emergency equipment (pumps, generators, chlorinators, evacuators, etc.) and trained personnel (eg. treatment plant operators) that they may need in an emergency.

The WV WARN program provides its member utilities with:

  • A standard omnibus mutual assistance agreement and process for sharing emergency resources among members statewide.
  • The resources to respond and recover more quickly from a disaster.
  • A mutual assistance program consistent with other statewide mutual aid programs.
  • A forum for developing and maintaining emergency contacts and relationships.
  • New ideas from lessons learned in disasters.

There are two sides to this Web site. The public side is open to anyone to view. This side gives you basic information about WV WARN and how to join.

The second side, the resource database, is only open to members who have signed the agreement, and membership is free!

Please take a moment to explore our Web site!  Remember, WV WARN is a direct member to member organization with no middleman or agency to delay getting needed assistance from another utility member.  Membership is free and response to requests is voluntary.

News Update

A revised WARN Agreement (per Staff Feedback) approved by the Steering Committee has been posted to the Mutual Aid Agreement / Bylaws page.  You can review the revised document by selecting the "Mutual Aid Agreement / Bylaws" menu tab.