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Municipal Utility Districts and Emergency Response

Presented to the Sienna Plantation MUD 1 on February 25, 2010.

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Municipal Utility Districts and Emergency Response

  1. 1. Fort Bend County : Municipal Utility Districts and Emergency Response
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Fort Bend County </li></ul><ul><li>Hurricane Ike </li></ul><ul><li>MUD Readiness Program </li></ul><ul><li>Senate Bill 361 </li></ul><ul><li>2010 Hurricane Season </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Fort Bend County <ul><li>Quick Facts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Population – 530,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>886 Square Miles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30 miles from Gulf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>18 jurisdictions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>120+ Municipal Utility Districts </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Fort Bend County
  5. 5. Fort Bend County
  6. 6. Fort Bend County EOC: <ul><li>Maintains strategic view (“big picture”) </li></ul><ul><li>Focal point for communication/information </li></ul><ul><li>Supports other political subdivisions </li></ul>
  7. 7. Fort Bend County EOC: <ul><li>Situation Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Priority Establishment </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Mgmt. </li></ul><ul><li>Direction and Control </li></ul>
  8. 8. Hurricane Ike
  9. 9. 9/1/08: Tropical Depression 9, 35 mph
  10. 10. 9/13/08: Hurricane Ike Hits Galveston
  11. 11. Ike Landfall in Galveston, 110 mph <ul><li>Landfall in Galveston at 0200 on Saturday </li></ul><ul><li>In Fort Bend County, duration of tropical storm force winds approximately 14 hours </li></ul>
  12. 12. County Experiences Significant Damage <ul><li>20 homes destroyed </li></ul><ul><li>7,000 homes damaged </li></ul><ul><li>130,000 homes affected </li></ul><ul><li>3 dead, 8 injured, 4 hospitalized </li></ul>
  13. 13. County Implements Debris Mgmt Plan <ul><li>750,000 cubic yards of debris </li></ul>
  14. 14. Widespread Electricity Outages <ul><li>67% of electrical services out </li></ul><ul><li>One week later, still 25% of services out </li></ul><ul><li>Severe impacts to water and wastewater utilities </li></ul>
  15. 15. Fort Bend County MUD Readiness Program
  16. 16. Leadership Leads to Identified Problems <ul><li>“ Fort Bend County has a sophisticated emergency management system that runs from the State down to the Counties to the Cities to the Hospitals to the Schools.  During Ike, it did not run down to the Municipal Utility Districts.  It will in Fort Bend County during 2009 when we get to the Hurricane Season.” </li></ul><ul><li>-Robert Hebert, County Judge </li></ul>
  17. 17. What is the County’s MUD Readiness Program? <ul><li>Series of Actions to be Taken by MUDs to be more prepared for Hurricane Season </li></ul><ul><li>Improve Communication between MUDs and Emergency Management staff </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage MUDs to take responsibility for emergency management activities </li></ul>
  18. 18. #1: Define Responder Status <ul><li>Local government “Owns” the incident </li></ul><ul><li>MUD responsible for water and sewer services before, during, and after a storm; nobody from the County, State, or Federal Govt takes over the services </li></ul>
  19. 19. #2: Communication Improvements <ul><li>Designate three Key District Contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Supply Complete Contact Information to County OEM </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Redundant Procedures for Communication </li></ul>
  20. 20. #3: NIMS Training <ul><li>Comply with National Incident Management System (NIMS) </li></ul><ul><li>MUDs and County working off of same playbook </li></ul><ul><li>Key MUD staff required to complete 4 NIMS courses </li></ul>
  21. 21. #4: County Emergency Operations 101 <ul><li>2 ½ Hour Session </li></ul><ul><li>Framework of State and County Emergency Mgmt </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Mgmt </li></ul><ul><li>Checklist of Emergency Mgmt Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Intro to WebEOC </li></ul>
  22. 22. #5: Sharing of Critical Information <ul><li>Contact Information </li></ul><ul><li>Service Areas </li></ul><ul><li>SB 361 requirements will enhance the level of information being collected </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity for future sharing of additional information like GIS maps, plans, etc… </li></ul>
  23. 23. #6: Annual Preparation Meeting <ul><li>Held annually in May or June </li></ul><ul><li>NWS presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Updates on Plans </li></ul><ul><li>Review of Resource Request Process </li></ul><ul><li>Review Process for Communications </li></ul>
  24. 24. #7: MUD Representation in County EOC <ul><li>Utilities Console Created in EOC </li></ul><ul><li>Will be staffed with representatives from MUD operating firms </li></ul><ul><li>Liaison to “talk the language of water and wastewater” </li></ul>
  25. 25. Recognition of MUD Readiness Program Graduates
  26. 26. Senate Bill 361
  27. 27. Collaboration to Meet SB 361 Requirements <ul><li>Fort Bend County coordinating with CenterPoint; MUD Law Firms; and Operating Companies to Gather Critical Data </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid Redundant Data Collection </li></ul>
  28. 28. Development of Web Based Application <ul><li>Data Collection streamlined through use of web based program to collect critical load info </li></ul><ul><li>Application developed by County Judge’s Office, OEM, and IT Dept </li></ul>
  29. 29. Meeting the Senate Bill 361 Deadlines <ul><li>Before Feb 1 st , County will submit all collected info to CenterPoint </li></ul><ul><li>By May 1 st , CenterPoint will make critical load status determinations </li></ul>
  30. 30. Coming Soon………….. <ul><li>…… .The 2010 Hurricane Season </li></ul>
  31. 31. Realities for Municipal Utility Districts…. <ul><li>Local government “Owns” the incident </li></ul><ul><li>No state/federal assistance likely for at least 72 hours (or more) </li></ul><ul><li>Must factor in “Real World” response timelines </li></ul><ul><li>Must define resource needs </li></ul><ul><li>Must know how to request help </li></ul>
  32. 32. Is Sienna Plantation MUD 1 Prepared? <ul><li>Do you have an Updated Emergency Plan? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you exercised the Plan? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have Pre-Event Contracts for key resources? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you following NIMS/ICS Protocols? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you named primary points of contacts during times of disaster? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you sent Critical Load Data to County per SB 361? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you encourage family preparedness for your employees and District residents? </li></ul><ul><li>Participants in MUD Readiness Program? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you “Active” or “Passive” about Preparedness? </li></ul>
  33. 33. Thank You <ul><li>Questions ? </li></ul>Jeff D. Braun Emergency Management Coordinator Fort Bend County 307 Fort Street Richmond, TX 77469 Phone: 281-342-6185 Email: [email_address]

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