Membership in RIWARN is open to all public and private water and wastewater systems operating within the state of Rhode Island. To apply for membership download the agreement by clicking on the link at the right.
Why would I want to join RIWARN?
- No cost and no commitment – There is no fee to join RIWARN, and assistance is provided on a voluntary basis only – there is no requirement to respond or to provide resources.
- Eligibility for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster reimbursement – In case of a federally declared emergency, FEMA reimbursement for received services is contingent upon a pre-existing, signed mutual aid and assistance agreement.
- Developed, managed, and run by water and wastewater systems – RIWARN is developed and managed by Rhode Island public water and wastewater systems, so it is established to benefit you to the highest degree possible in terms of giving and receiving aid.
- Timely access to resources – Some emergency aid is contingent upon a disaster declaration from a local or state official. RIWARN does not require a state disaster declaration, which means systems can get needed resources faster.
- Access to database of utilities and resources – RIWARN members have access to a database of other systems within the state, including a contact person’s name and information, as well as the resources they can provide.
- Membership paves the way for interstate mutual aid and assistance – All New England states are implementing WARNs. Future planning includes eventually developing interstate WARNs that will be linked so that member systems may help one another across state lines.
Summary of RIWARN Benefits
- No cost to participate.
- Increased planning and coordination.
- Enhances access to specialized resources.
- A single agreement provides access to all member utilities statewide.
- Expedites arrival of aid.
- It is consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
- Provides a current list of emergency contacts and phone numbers.
- Reduces administrative conflict.
- Avoids federal bureaucracy.
- Increases hope within our communities that recovery will come quickly.