Emergency Preparedness Considerations
Pipeline operators, emergency responders and 911 center personnel should all be involved. Have all of these entities officially met and exchanged information?
Is there more than one 911 communication center for your community? If so, is a representative from each center involved?
As part of the planning effort, pipeline company representatives should identify products carried in their pipelines. They should also have a clear understanding of the impact to sensitive areas (highly populated areas, drinking water sources, environmentally sensitive areas) if an emergency was to occur. Have your planning efforts clearly identified the presence and implications of pipelines in and around your community?
The roles and responsibilities of each entity should be clearly specified; this stage of the planning process allows for the identification of resources to effectively respond to an event. Has your community made such an effort?
You may want to address in-person meetings, drills, training exercises, as well as collaborative meetings with local pipeline companies. Are these efforts happening?
By answering yes to these questions, you are well on your way to effectively addressing pipelines in your emergency planning efforts.
HMCRP Report 14 is considered a pre-incident planning tool for pipeline operators and public safety agencies. The guide is intended to help identify information needs, and either begin, or improve the communication of information to benefit emergency response planning. To view the report, visit: www.pipelineawareness.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/HMCRP_rpt_014.pdf