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Utility Emergency Response with Isaac Alatorre

Mar 13, 2024

In this episode of the Utility Emergency Response Podcast, Isaac and returning guest expert Jim unpack the myriad challenges and emerging issues faced by water utilities in emergency management. The conversation dives deep into the evolving landscape of utility crisis response, from cybersecurity threats to compliance updates. Discover the latest strategies and resources that utilities can harness to fortify their emergency preparedness and response capabilities.


Also in this episode:

  • Water utilities are facing an evolving set of challenges, including cybersecurity risks and the need to update risk and resiliency assessments under the AWIA.

  • Cyber threats are a growing concern for utilities, with resources such as CISA's free scanning program highlighted as valuable tools for vulnerability assessment.

  • The mutual aid network for utilities (CalWarn) continues to grow, helping small and large utilities alike to prepare for and respond to emergencies.

  • There are legislative developments such as the Senate Bill 552 that affect utilities by mandating membership in mutual aid networks, emphasizing the importance of staying informed on compliance.

About Jim Wollbrinck:

Jim Wollbrink is an Emergency Management Professional at Metisis LLC. He is recognized as an expert in the field of emergency response and disaster response management for utility companies. With an extensive background in water utility emergency management and a focus on cybersecurity, regulatory compliance, and mutual aid.


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About Isaac Alatorre:

Chairman & Emergency Pipeline Advisor for Water, Wastewater, and Flood Management.

A UC Irvine graduate and beginning his career in safety and emergency supplies, Isaac was trained by David Jackson on all things related to PPS. With the help of his predecessor, he has updated PPS in regard to technology and processes. He believes that PPS has just started to make an impact.

PPS has usually been a West Coast company, but now Isaac believes that PPS can help utilities across the globe with PPS many applications. Not only with pipelines but with emergency response awareness as a whole. He enjoys sports, whiskey, and food.

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