Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links
VIEW ARCHIVED ISSUES OF TEXAS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ONLINE
Missed an issue of Texas Emergency Management Online? You’re in luck. You can view each past issue in the online archives. And, if you have a story idea, email it to TDEM.WEB@dps.texas.gov.
BEST PRACTICES WHEN THE ORGANIZATION MAY BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Everyone has their own notification system when it comes time sending a message out or playing hazard control. Sometimes things do not go as planned, but there are some tips that might help in any situation.
MOBILE EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDEBOOK
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) unveiled a free, mobile-app version of its Emergency Response Guidebook 2012 (ERG), a reference manual to help first responders deal with hazmat situations during the critical first 30 minutes after an accident.
Even with the use of printed manuals, sometimes not every responder has access to the important ERG. As technology improves and human culture adapting, we see more and more responders carrying smart phones. This allows the responder in those first critical moments to have all the necessary tools readily available. The app works off of a word search functions, and also lets users access the full ERG, which includes new evacuation tables for large toxic gas spills and standard response procedures for gas- and liquid-pipeline incidents. With the app, users can access data on almost any hazard, such as health risks to victims, equipment required for response and first-aid techniques used on those suffering from exposure. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices.