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Preparedness & Response

For natural disaster relief and assistance, please visit our Disaster Response page.

PHMSA recognizes the first element of facing a challenge is to prepare for it. Preparing involves many different activities; planning, training, exercising, and enhancing capabilities.

Reaching out to emergency responders, hazardous materials, and pipeline industry stakeholders is one of PHMSA's core goals to ensure the preparedness and response communities are fully primed to deal with any type of hazardous material or pipeline incident. PHMSA provides technical expertise to industry and works closely with the response community to ensure the transportation system remains safe.

Moving into the future, it is essential for PHMSA to continue to build partnerships with you, the stakeholder, for the improvement of emergency response capabilities and continue to enhance the safety of the hazardous materials transportation and energy pipeline supply system.

Contact Us
Hazmat Contact: Hazardous Materials Information Center
1-800-HMR-4922 Mon to Fri 9 to 5 EST (202-366-4488 for Washington DC residents)
Decontamination - Firefighter Quick Reference
Decontamination - Firefighter Quick Reference (PDF)
Includes diagrams of emergency decontamination corridor system and also ladder pipe decontamination system.
Important Documents and Resources
Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)
...Helps You Find Emergency Procedures Quickly
USCG Incident Management Handbook
Sections on command, rescue, terrorism, fire, hazardous substance releases, glossary, and standard forms/checklists.
U.S. National Reponses Team (NRT)
16 Federal agencies concerned with emergency response to pollution incidents (oil and hazmat).
National Incident Management System (NIMS)
Large PDF includes Incident Command System (ICS)
FBI Hazardous Materials Response Unit (HMRU)
The capability to safely and effectively respond to criminal acts and incidents involving the use of hazardous materials.
National Coordinating Center (NCC) for Telecommunications
Unique joint government/industry structure and all-hazard emergency response capabilities to coordinate the initiation, restoration, and reconstitution of U.S. national security and emergency preparedness telecommunications services nationally and internationally.
Joint Information Center Model (PDF)
PDF on collaborative communications during emergency response.
Research & Development Initiatives
firefighters fighting a fire
Hazardous Materials Transportation and Pipeline Accidents are to be reported directly to the 24-hour National Response Center (NRC): 1-800-424-8802

DOT 24-hour Crisis Management Center: 202-366-1863

Natural Disaster Response
Preventing Problems
PHMSA Focus, Special Edition, Spring 2007
Special Edition featuring the new nationwide campaign for "8-1-1" and updates to "Call Before You Dig"
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