Emergency Preparedness

In our industry it is important to establish and maintain emergency plans, train employees and contractors on the plan, provide appropriate guidance and ensure an organized response to any emergency situation. Below are links to information you may find helpful in preparing for an emergency.

For information regarding Emergency Preparedness and Response visit: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/gettingstarted.html#business

Chemical & Hazardous Material Information

Click here to access the PHMSA - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Emergency Response Guidebook.  

Click here to access the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

Hurricane Preparedness 

The purpose of implementing a hurricane preparedness plan is to provide reasonable measures to safeguard shoreside  and shipboard employees, maintain normal business operations as long as possible, and resume normal operations as soon as possible. It is the intent of a Hurricane plan is to keep all critical business systems fully operational to the extent possible prior to, during and after a hurricane.

History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.

Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that you be ready before a storm approaches. Furthermore, mariners should be aware of special safety precautions when confronted with a hurricane.

Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide (PDF) or follow the links for more information. But remember, this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.

 For more information visit the National Hurricane Center website at: www.nhc.noaa.gov

Tsunami Preparedness

A tsunami is a series of ocean waves generated by sudden displacements in the sea floor, landslides, or volcanic activity. In the deep ocean, the tsunami wave may only be a few inches high. The tsunami wave may come gently ashore or may increase in height to become a fast moving wall of turbulent water several meters high.

Although a tsunami cannot be prevented, the impact of a tsunami can be mitigated through community preparedness, timely warnings, and effective response.

NOAA has primary responsibility for providing tsunami warnings to the Nation, and a leadership role in tsunami observations and research.

For more information visit the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration website at: http://www.tsunami.noaa.gov/