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Shelter-In-Place Guide - FAQ: Emergency Response
How quickly will the authorities react to an emergency?
The government requires oil and gas licensees to develop an emergency response plan (ERP) which outlines policies and procedures detailing how they would respond to an emergency situation. Additionally licensees consult with local authorities to confirm the response roles each entity is responsible for providing. Potential response personnel are required to be trained for their response roles during an emergency situation. ERPs are continuously tested and updated to provide an effective emergency response.
New technology available to the industry has both increased the speed in which licensees are notified of an abnormal situation and the speed in which members of the public can be contacted.
What are the responsibilities of the authorities during an emergency?
Authorities are fully responsible for emergency response in terms of notifying residents, stakeholders, and government (if necessary) and providing the measures that will protect residents and stakeholders. Monitoring the status of the emergency, determining the most effective emergency response procedures, and managing the evacuation centre are among the responsibilities of the authorities. The roles and responsibilities of the various members of the emergency response team, including those of the rover teams, telephone teams, air monitoring teams, roadblock teams, and others, are clearly defined in the ERP. By predefining these roles and responsibilities, each member of the various response teams acquires an understanding of their duties during an emergency, which will speed up the response process and make it more effective.
When would we be notified of an emergency situation?
When an emergency situation occurs emergency personnel will begin the required actions to correct or control the situation and will contact the appropriate government agencies and emergency responders. If an ERCB classified level of emergency is assigned to the incident the following contacts are made based on the declared emergency level.
How will we be notified?
Depending on the incident and its severity you may be notified by phone, through public media broadcasts, loud hailers or in person by emergency response personnel.
How do we respond to an emergency?
When notified of an incident, emergency response personnel will provide you with instructions that are intended to ensure your safety. Depending on the situation you may be instructed to shelter-in-place or evacuate.
What are the responsibilities of the oil and gas company during an emergency?
Oil and gas companies or licensees are responsible for initiating emergency response actions and for notifying the required government agencies and members of the public within the assigned Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ). Licensees are also responsible for providing the appropriate public protection measures to the public within the EPZ, as well as monitoring the status of the emergency, providing information to the appropriate government agencies and media personnel and for working with government agencies to downgrade the emergency classification.