AWWA to Receive National Award for WARNs
DENVER, CO – The American Water Works Association (AWWA) today announced that regulatory and security analyst Kevin Morley will be presented with The Infrastructure Security Partnership’s (TISP) Private Industry Award for Distinguished Leadership in Critical Infrastructure Resilience.
Morley, 35 will receive the award during a luncheon at TISP's Sixth Annual Congress March 28 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.
Morley has been instrumental in facilitating the establishment of Water and Wastewater Agency Response Networks (WARNs) in response to Hurricane Katrina, and has led an effort to develop a Joint Policy Statement on Mutual Aid and Assistance Networks for water and wastewater organizations. He is the co-author of the AWWA white paper, 'Utilities Helping Utilities: Action Plan for Mutual Aid and Assistance Networks for the Water and Wastewater Utilities,' and has conducted several regional training sessions for state-level WARN networks.
“Events such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina identified a need for water and wastewater utilities to create intrastate mutual aid and assistance programs to enhace the water sectors overall preparedness and resiliency against all-hazards,” Morley said. “Developing a WARN is a highly effective approach to preparing utilities for a local or national incident. Nothing is more important to water professionals than protecting the public health.”
Morley was also recently recognized and honored by the International Association of Emergency Managers for his leadership in organizing the WARNs in partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency. He is currently coordinating with the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) to address interstate issues to expedite the transfer of utility resources across state lines to provide rapid response and recovery assistance.
More information about the Utilities Helping Utilities initiative can be found at http://www.awwa.org/Advocacy/govtaff/.