Community/Plant Emergency Response

“The Plant Emergency Response can be interpreted as the critical actions taken in the initial minutes of an emergency. An optimum level of emergency preparedness can be achieved if emergency response planning is started early and the requirements are incorporated in the plant design. Actions by employees with knowledge of the building and process systems can help control a leak and minimize damage to the facility and the environment. Such incidents, if not effectively controlled, have serious impact on life, environment, property and business. Adequate and efficient emergency response can minimize the consequences of the incidents.” 

Reference: SAINI R. Emergency Response Planning- Start at the plant design stage, Hydrocarbon Processing, 00188190, Vol.89, Issue 11


“The CER is the Hazardous Material Emergency response needs at state, regional, and local levels; matching state, regional, and  local capabilities with potential emergencies involving different types of hazardous materials; and assessing how quickly resources can be brought to bear in an emergency.”

Reference: HMCRP. A guide for Assessing Community Emergency Response Needs and capabilities for Hazardous Material Releases, Report 5.Pag 7 


“On the other hand, The CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) is a program designed to create “first responder” capability in a local neighborhood or community. Preparedness education and response skills are fashioned through a series of training modules, focusing on such topic as: triage, disaster medicine, urban search and rescue, fire suppression, damage assessment, and similar themes.”

Reference: SIMPSON, DAVID. Community Emergency Response Training (CERTs): A recent history and Review, Nat. Hazards Rev., 2001, 2(2). Pag 55