The Wisconsin Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (WIWARN) is comprised of "utilities helping utilities" in our state that can respond to and recover from emergencies by sharing resources with one another.
Our mission is to support and promote statewide emergency preparedness, disaster response, and mutual assistance matters for public and private water and wastewater utilities for natural and man-made events.
Realizing that Wisconsin utilities need an effective, efficient and safe way to avoid litigation when sharing resources, leaders in the water community and state agencies have joined together to create the Wisconsin Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network or WIWARN.
WIWARN is governed by a common Mutual Aid and Assistance agreement (MAA). The WARN agreement allows utilities to share resources in a more expedited way, compared to other mechanisms that require a formal disaster declaration. The agreement spells out how liability, workers’ compensation, insurance and reimbursement will work. Other benefits include increased emergency preparedness and coordination, and enhanced access to specialized resources.
This mutual aid and assistance network provides water and wastewater utilities with the means to quickly obtain help in the form of personnel, equipment, materials and associated services from other utilities to restore critical operations impacted during any type of emergency, big or small.
Common Myths Debunked:
There is no cost to become a member of WIWARN!
If a utility receives a request for assistance, they are not required to respond if they are unable to do so.
To learn more about WIWARN, please take a moment to explore our Web site as we are planning to add features like interactive mapping of all WIAWWA members. It will be cool!
Two documents are required to be signed, scanned and returned to the WIWARN committee for your utility to join the Wisconsin WARN system. They can be found below and in the above tab menu marked "Mutual Aid Agreement and Resolution".
For more information or if you have questions, please contact:
Joel Lemke: firstname.lastname@example.org 715/345-5266
Mike Heyroth: email@example.com 715/359-6177
Based on other WARN models, WIWARN is designed to provide a utility-to-utility response during an emergency.
The WIWARN Web site does this by providing its members with assistance in joining WIWARN, examples of mutual aid agreements, resolutions, emergency planning and emergency contacts 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 WIWARN program provides its member utilities with: