“Response is an effort to mitigate the impact of an incident on the public and the environment.”

Reference: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

“That portion of incident management in which personnel are involved in controlling (defensively or offensively) a hazardous materials incident. The activities in the response portion of a hazardous materials incident include analyzing the incident, planning the response, implementing the planned response, and evaluating progress.”

Reference: NFPA 471, 1997

“Response refers to actions undertaken immediately before and during impact to reduce primary and secondary negative effects.”

Reference: Peterson and Perry 1999, 242

Management/Emergency Planing and Response/Emergency Response