NvWARN member utilities are invited to participate in a 4-hour virtual Table-Top Exercise. EARTHEx is FREE. All you need is an internet connection. The goal is to review internal policies and agency response actions in extreme,”Black Sky” hazard scenarios: Subcontinent-scale power outages with cascading infrastructure failures. The exercise will focus on four primary areas: Executive and senior operational decision-making “Initiating and coordinating initial sector response and restoration actions “Multi-sector emergency communication and coordination “Developing sector recommendations for Improved restoration support and resilience. Contact John Hines for info or http://www.eiscouncil.com/EarthEx to register your utility.
USDA has made us aware of the following:
Possible Scam: System for Award Management (SAM) Email Notifications from Third Party Companies
We are alerting you that third party companies are offering to help you update information contained within the System for Award Management (www.SAM.gov) website, for a fee. Your SAM registration contains sensitive business information, including your banking information and other sensitive information, so your login and password should not be shared with anyone outside your company. As a reminder, the use of the System for Award Management website is free to use and update, and the Water and Environmental Staff does not see a reason to pay anyone to provide that service.
Secondly, we have just become aware of a couple of scam emails that offer to “help companies start the renewal process online” or suggest that “Your Federal Profile is Almost Complete. Immediate Action Required!” In both cases, your free access to SAM.gov will resolve any questions you may have regarding your registration in SAM.gov. As you know SAM.gov requires an annual recertification and sends out email reminders prior to the expiration, and again, updates should be handled by company employees. Furthermore, if your registration is not complete, you may login to SAM.gov to make that determination for yourself.
Thirdly it is now being reported that possible scammers are now calling and offering to register you in Sam for 3 years at a cost of $3,500. You are strongly advised to hang up the phone immediately. As stated above SAM registration is free and must be renewed every year. There is no 3 year option.
Please remember that SAM.gov is not affiliated with the USDA and is a government-wide website not maintained by our Agency. If you have any questions regarding access or how to use SAM, please contact their help desk at 866-606-8220, option #1.
L.D. “Kent” Evans | Water Programs Director
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave. Stop 1570 |Washington, DC 20250
Phone: 202-720-2567 | i-Phone: 202-570-1539
This electronic message contains information generated by the USDA solely for the intended recipients. Any unauthorized interception of this message or the use or disclosure of the information it contains may violate the law and subject the violator to civil or criminal penalties. If you believe you have received this message in error, please notify the sender and delete the email immediately.
Rural Water Loan Fund
The Rural Water Loan Fund (RWLF) is a funding program specifically designed to meet the unique needs of small water and wastewater utilities. The RWLF provides low-cost loans for short-term repair costs, small capital projects, or pre-development costs associated with larger projects. The RWLF was established through a grant from the USDA/RUS, and repaid funds used to replenish the fund and make new loans
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