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H A Z A R D O U S M A T E R I A L S C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M HMCRP REPORT 14 Guide for Communicating Emergency Response Information for Natural Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipelines Charles Jennings Norman Groner Chaim Roberts Andrea Fatica Christian regenhard Center for emergenCy response studies New York, NY Michael Hildebrand Greg Noll hildebrand and noll assoCiates Lancaster, PA Rae Zimmerman rae Zimmerman, inC. New York, NY Subscriber Categories Pipelines â¢ Security and Emergencies â¢ Terminals and Facilities TRANSPORTAT ION RESEARCH BOARD WASHINGTON, D.C. 2014 www.TRB.org Research sponsored by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This guide was prepared under HMCRP Project 15, âGuide for Communicating Emergency Response Information for Natural Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipelines,â sponsored by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation. A panel of experts, represent- ing diverse aspects of the pipeline industry, regulators, and emergency responders, oversaw this project. The research team acknowledges and thanks the members of the HMCRP Project Panel on Best Practices in Hazardous Materials Pipeline Emergency Response Plans (DHM 015) and the Transportation Research Board Staff Officer for their input and guidance. The team would also like to thank the participants in the research workshops and the reviewers who assisted with developing the guide. We also acknowledge the guidance and support provided by the HMCRP Project 15 panel. In addition, a group of stakeholders met in the summer of 2013 to review a preliminary guide. The stakeholders represented major national public safety and local government organizations. This group contributed valuable insights to the development of this product. CRP STAFF FOR HMCRP REPORT 14 Christopher W. Jenks, Director, Cooperative Research Programs William C. Rogers, Senior Program Officer Charlotte Thomas, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Kami Cabral, Editor HMCRP PROJECT 15 PANEL Richard L. Scott, Dow Chemical Company, Victoria, TX (Chair) Richard G. Miller, Burke, VA James Narva, Narva & Associates, Inc., Maitland, FL Thomas J. Richardson, Seattle Fire Department, Conway, WA Christina Sames, American Gas Association, Washington, DC Karen A. Simon, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, DC Sam Hall, PHMSA Liaison
F O R E W O R D By William C. Rogers Staff Officer Transportation Research Board HMCRP Report 14: Guide for Communicating Emergency Response Information for Natural Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipelines provides pipeline operators and emergency responders with guidance on how to share appropriate information in advance of a pipeline emergency so that the response plan can be quickly and effectively put into operation with the assur- ance that the best steps are taken in correct sequence to bring optimum resolution to the pipeline emergency. The guide focuses on the appropriate emergency response content that pipeline operators should provide to emergency responders, effective means of disseminat- ing this guidance by pipeline operators to recipient emergency response organizations and by those emergency response organizations to sub-units, and strategies for implementing and exercising emergency response plans. Pipelines that transport hazardous materials are ubiquitous in the United States, crossing under water and over land from densely populated areas to the most remote uninhabited loca- tions. Current federal regulations require pipeline operators to develop emergency response plans and implement public awareness programs. Under these regulations, pipeline opera- tors must provide the affected public with information about how to recognize, respond to, and report pipeline emergencies. Emergency responders and local public officials must be provided information about the location of transmission pipelines to enhance emergency response and community growth planning. Affected municipalities, school districts, busi- nesses, and residents must be advised of pipeline locations. Under HMCRP Project 15, the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies was asked to (1) summarize current federal and state, and representative local and tribal regulations and ordinances governing emergency response plans for natural gas and hazardous liquids pipelines; (2) identify and describe lessons learned and best practices from recent significant U.S. pipeline emergencies with respect to communicating the emer- gency response plans and their effectiveness; (3) develop a failure mode and effect analysis of the process for disseminating, exercising, and implementing emergency response plans for natural gas and hazardous liquids pipeline incidents, including the roles and responsibilities of both pipeline operators and emergency responders; (4) and prepare a guide for pipeline operators and emergency responders to aid them in how to share appropriate content in advance of a pipeline emergency so that plans can be quickly and effectively put into opera- tions with assurance that the best steps are taken in correct sequence to bring optimum resolution to the pipeline emergency.
C O N T E N T S 1 Summary 3 Chapter 1 About the Guide 3 Purpose and Scope 4 Limitations 4 How to Use the Guide 5 Chapter 2 Introduction: Why Plan for Communications at Pipeline Incidents 5 Selected Characteristics of Pipelines 8 Review of Significant Pipeline Incidents: The Critical Role of Communication 11 Public Safety Emergency Responders: Learning About Pipelines in Your Service Area 11 Pipeline Operators: Learning About Emergency Responders in Your Service Area 12 The Pipeline Regulatory Framework: How It Relates to Planning for Communications and Response 14 Chapter 3 Decisions, Roles, and Organization Affiliations: The Role Determines the Decisions and Information Needs 14 Common Decisions 14 Key Roles in Pipeline Emergencies 18 Key Information Needs 24 Chapter 4 Developing and Exercising the Communications Plans 24 The Critical Role of Public Safety Emergency Communications (PSAP/Dispatch) Centers 25 Planning Process 27 Putting Plans into Practice: Exercises 30 Chapter 5 About the Project 32 References 34 Appendices 1â3 Note: Photographs, figures, and tables in this report may have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions.