Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) Information

The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)

The Emergency Response Guidebook was developed jointly by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico for use by firefighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving a hazardous material.

It is primarily a guide to aid first responders in quickly identifying the specific or generic classification of the material(s) involved in the incident, and protecting themselves and the general public during this initial response phase of the incident. All first responders should have access to and know how to use the DOT Emergency Response Guidebook whether it’s in book form or downloadable to your computer. The ERG is updated every three to four years to accommodate new products and technology. For more information, please see: http://phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/library/erg

Emergency Response Guidebook - Eligibility

The books within the program are only available for state, county, and local government agency response vehicles (not federal), or agencies with formal agreements to provide services to one of those entities. The Texas State Guard is eligible to receive books for their emergency response vehicles.

Private entities/corporations, hospitals, schools, ambulance services (unless contracted with local jurisdictions), Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), federal agencies and individuals are not eligible to receive books from DPS/TDEM.

2012 Emergency Response Guidebook PDF

Here is a link to download an English version of the 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook:

Here is a link for the Spanish download:

If you'd like to purchase the 2012 Emergency Response Guidebooks, please visit: http://bookstore.gpo.gov/collections/emergency12.jsp

2012 Emergency Response Guidebook - Distribution

In Texas, the Councils of Government (COGs) are responsible for distribution to counties and local jurisdictions with emergency response vehicles. To request copies, please contact your local Council of Government (COG).

If you are with a state agency based in Austin and qualify to receive books, please send your name, agency, and phone number to Jo Manning.

Note: If you need the books shipped to your location, you will be asked for your shipping address and your shipping account number. Sorry, but we are not able to bill your agency for shipping. Please include the name of your agency’s shipper (Fed Ex or Lone Star) and your account number.