What is ILWARN?
ILWARN is a utility-to-utility network that helps member water and wastewater utilities recover from disasters by getting resources – personnel and equipment – when and where they are needed. ILWARN is available to all public and private water and wastewater utilities in Illinois. There is no cost to become a member, however a standard mutual aid agreement must be signed before requesting assistance.
Through the ILWARN web site (www.ilwarn.org), a member can request emergency equipment (pumps, generators, chlorinators, evacuators, etc.) and trained personnel (such as treatment plant operators) that they might need in an emergency. There is no obligation to respond to an emergency. Utilities respond at their choice if they can, for as long as they can.
Becoming a Member
The ILWARN site contains several documents that describe and explain the process of joining this mutual aid and assistance network. Other helpful resources are www.NationalWARN.org and EPA Water: Mutual Aid and Assistance. Both pages have useful documents that can assist you in making the decision to support your utility by becoming an ILWARN member.
Illinois Section AWWA – Steering Committee
ILWARN is supported through the cooperation of the water and wastewater organizations in Illinois and by several state and federal agencies, including ISAWWA. A steering committee made up of utility members from across the state helps plan and coordinate emergency planning and response activities for ILWARN. If you are interested in joining the steering committee please contact the Chair of the committee listed below or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ILWARN Chair - Josh Stewart, City Water Light & Power
ILWARN Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a charge to participate?
No, registration is free and there is never a charge to be a member of ILWARN.
Will I get reimbursed for my costs of labor and materials if I respond?
Yes, you will work out the estimate prior to responding and submit an invoice for reimbursement after the event. You are not required to donate any labor or materials.
Can private utilities become a member and respond to requests for assistance?
Yes, the Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement (MAA) is open to both private and public utilities. Utilities register online at ILWARN.org and submit an executed MAA.
After I have registered online and submitted my Mutual Aid Agreement, how do I get help?
You simply post a request for help online, and those who can help will respond directly to you. There are other options including emergency phone numbers for requesting help if you are unable to go online or for after-hours requests.
Do I need to submit a list of my resources in order to participate?
No, we have a questionnaire online to gather utility information, but we do not request your resource list. You only respond to emergencies when you can assist based on your current resources available to you. There is no requirement to respond to requests.
Are ILWARN mutual aid and assistance activities eligible for FEMA reimbursement?
FEMA reimbursement may apply only after a Presidential declaration of emergency and when the following eligibility requirements are met:
- The assistance must be requested by the utility in need
- The work performed, supplies used, and materials consumed are directly related to the disaster and are otherwise eligible for FEMA assistance
- The entity can provide documentation of rates and payment for services, if requested; and
- The MAA agreement is written and was in effect prior to the disaster.
Where can I get more detailed information about ILWARN?
The ILWARN.org site contains several documents that describe and explain the process of joining this mutual aid and assistance network.
Another helpful resource is NationalWARN.org. It has several documents that can assist you in making the decision to support your utility by becoming an ILWARN member.
How many states are currently participating in the WARN program?
48 states are using the same WARN system as ILWARN. This national framework will facilitate intrastate assistance in a large scale emergency.
To see how to use the ILWARN site - watch this short webinar -