|Computer Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO)
CAMEO® is a system of software applications used to plan for and respond to chemical emergencies. It is used to assist front-line chemical emergency planners and responders can use CAMEO to access, store, and evaluate information critical for developing emergency plans. CAMEO supports regulatory compliance by helping users meet the chemical inventory reporting requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA, also known as SARA Title III)
Downloading Installing and Running CAMEO
Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards
Get the complete CAMEO software suite, or update your current version.
Downloading Installing and Running MARPLOT
MARPLOT is the mapping application. It allows users to "see" their data (e.g., roads, facilities, schools, response assets), display this information on computer maps, and print the information on area maps.
Downloading Installing and Running ALOHA
ALOHA is an atmospheric dispersion model used for evaluating releases of hazardous chemical vapors. ALOHA allows the user to estimate the downwind dispersion of a chemical cloud based on the toxicological/physical characteristics of the released chemical, atmospheric conditions, and specific circumstances of the release
Building Your Skills
Guided tours, downloadable software, and links to other online resources
Technical support, including FAQs, installation instructions, tutorials, and other resources.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has released an interim final rule that imposes comprehensive federal security regulations for high-risk chemical facilities. This rule establishes risk-based performance standards for the security of our nation’s chemical facilities requiring covered chemical facilities to prepare Security Vulnerability Assessments, which identify facility security vulnerabilities, and to develop and implement Site Security Plans, which include measures that satisfy the identified risk-based performance standards.
Chemical Registry System
The Substance Registry System (SRS) is the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) central system for information about regulated and monitored substances.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
The Dept. of Homeland Security is a Cabinet department of the U.S. federal government with the responsibility of protecting the territory of the U.S. from terrorist attacks and responding to natural disasters.
Department of Transportation's Hazmat Safety Page_ (PHMSA)
The U.S. Dept of Transportation’s Office of Hazardous Materials Safety is the Federal safety authority for ensuring the safe transport of hazardous materials by air, rail, highway, and water.
Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) Requirements
To help communities plan for emergencies involving hazardous substances. E PCRA has four major provisions, one dealing with emergency planning and three
dealing with chemical reporting.
Emergency Release Notification Requirements (Section 304)
Accidental chemical releases exceeding the applicable minimal reportable quantity, must be reported by the facility to the State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs), Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) for any areas that might be affected by the release. The facility must also notify the National Response Center. A detailed written report is to be provided as soon as practicable. For more information on emergency release notification requirements, see EPCRA sections 304, 40 CFR part 355, or Hotline Training Module (PDF).
Emergency Response and Cleanup Actions
EPA coordinates and implements a wide range of activities to ensure that adequate and timely response measures are taken in communities affected by hazardous substances and oil releases.
Emergency Planning and Notification Regulation
Electronic copy of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR, Part 355) on notification
Facility Response Plan (FRP) Rule
As part of the Oil Pollution Prevention regulation, some facilities storing and using oil must prepare and submit plans to respond to a worst-case discharge of oil and to a substantial threat of such a discharge.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The primary mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to reduce
the loss of life and property and protect the U.S. from all hazards by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Region X
FEMA's Region X works in partnership with the emergency management agencies ofAlaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.
Identifying Facilities covered by the Chemical Sercuity Regulation
Section 550 of the DHS Appropriations Act of 2007 gives the Department of Homeland Security the authority to regulate chemical facilities that “present high levels of security risk.” Using this authority the Department of Homeland Security promulgated The Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulation in April of 2007.
Inter Agency Teams
Inter-agency teams, including the National Response Team and Regional Response Teams, conduct preparedness and response activities and provide other support.
Key Federal Agencies
The U.S. Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other federal agencies provide support during environmental emergencies.
List of Lists
EPA databases and tools related to emergency management. Resources designed to help first responders address emergency situations, assist facilities in complying with emergency management regulations, and give the public an improved understanding of chemicals in their community
Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPCs)
LEPCs work to understand chemical hazards in the community, develop emergency plans in case of an accidental release, and look for ways to prevent chemical accidents. LEPCs are made up of emergency management agencies, responders, industry and the public.
Local Governments Reimbursement (LGR) Program
EPA's program helps local governments pay for emergency response measures.
National Contingency Plan (NCP) Subpart J Product Schedule
Subpart J provides for a schedule of dispersants, other chemicals, and other spill mitigating devices and substances that may be authorized for use on oil discharges.
National Incident Management System (NIMS) Integration Center
Fact sheet on the NIMS compliance requirements for Local Emergency Planning Committees
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Response Center (NRC)
The National Response Center (NRC) is the federal government's national communications center, which is staffed 24 hours a day by U.S. Coast Guard officers and marine science technicians.
National Response System (NRS)
EPA functions within a larger federal structure when it responds to emergencies and Incidents of National Significance.
National Toxicology Program Chemical Safety and Health (NTP)
More than 80,000 chemicals are registered for use in the United States with an estimated 2,000 new ones introduced each year for use in such everyday items as foods, personal care products, prescription drugs, household cleaners, and lawn care products. The NTP is an interagency program whose mission is to evaluate agents of public health concern by developing and applying tools of modern toxicology and molecular biology.
National Weather Service (NWS)
The National Weather Service provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy.
North American Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG’s)
It is primarily a guide to aid first responders in (1) quickly identifying the specific or generic classification of the material(s) involved in the incident, and (2) protecting themselves and the general public during this initial response phase of the incident.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Assures safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.
Office of Air and Radiation (OAR)
Develops national programs, technical policies and regulations for controlling air pollution and radiation exposure. OAR is concerned with pollution prevention and energy efficiency, indoor and outdoor air quality, industrial air pollution, pollution from vehicles and engines, radon, acid rain, stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change, and radiation protection.
Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
The Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards is primary mission is to preserve and improve air quality in the United States.
Office of Prevention Pesticides and Toxic Substances
Play an important role in protecting public health and the environment from potential risk of pesticides and toxic chemicals. Promote pollution prevention through partnerships and collaboration. Evaluate pesticides to ensure pesticides used on food are safe, and protect the environment and ecosystems.
Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R)
Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) protects coastal and marine resources, mitigates threats, reduces harm, and restores ecological function. The Office provides comprehensive solutions to environmental hazards caused by oil, chemicals, and marine debris.
Oil Spill Program (including SPCC plans)
As part of the Oil Pollution Prevention regulation, specific facilities must prepare, amend, and implement SPCC Plans.
OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200)
Section of the Code of Federal Regulations to ensure hazards of all chemicals produced or imported are evaluated, and information concerning their hazards is transmitted to employers and employees by comprehensive hazard communication programs, which are to include container labeling and other forms of warning, material safety data sheets and employee training.
RCRA Superfund & EPCRA Hotline
The RCRA, Superfund & EPCRA Hotline is a publicly accessible service that provides up-to date information on several Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs.
RCRA Superfund & EPCRA Hotline Training Module
The goal of this module is to explain the notification requirements triggered by releases of CERCLA hazardous substances and EPCRA-designated extremely hazardous substances (EHSs).
RCRALaws and Regulations / Wastes / US EPA
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is the public law that creates the framework for the proper management of hazardous and nonhazardous solid waste.
Region 10 Regional Response Team – Northwest Area Committee
The mission of the Region 10 Regional Response Team (RRT) and the Northwest Area Committee (NWAC) is to protect public health, safety and environment by ensuring coordinated, efficient, and effective support of the federal, state, tribal, local, and international responses to significant oil and hazardous substance incidents within the Pacific Northwest Region as mandated by the National Contingency Plan (NCP).
Reporting Oil Discharge and Hazardous Substance Releases
Regulated facilities must report discharges of oil or releases of hazardous substances to EPA, other federal agencies, and/or state and local government agencies.
Risk Management Plan (RMP)
Facilities that produce, handle, process, distribute, or store certain chemicals must develop and report to EPA an accident prevention plan including a hazard assessment, a prevention history, and an emergency response program.
State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs)
SERCs oversee the implementation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) requirements in each state.
Several EPA Special Teams, including the Environmental Response Team, Radiological Response Team, and National Decontamination Team, provide specialized emergency response support.
Superfund is the federal government's program to clean up the nation's uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. This web site provides topical information for the general public and for those involved in the Superfund program, including information on Superfund sites in your area, the health effects of common contaminants, cleanup efforts, and how you can become involved in cleanup activities in your community.
Tribal Emergency Response Commission (TERC)
The commission responsible for carrying out the provisions of EPCRA in the same manner as a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) on federally recognized tribal lands.
Guidance for Preparing Tribal Emergency Response Plans
U.S. Border Programs and International Partnerships
International programs help to prepare for and prevent environmental emergencies along the northern and southern borders of the United States and around the world.
U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB)
The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents.
U.S. Code Title 42
TITLE 42--THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE: CHAPTER 116--EMERGENCY PLANNING AND COMMUNITY RIGHT-TO-KNOW
United States Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency mission is to protect human health and the environment. The agency leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts:
Develop and enforce regulations
Offer financial assistance:
Perform environmental research
Sponsor voluntary partnerships
Advancement of environmental education
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Multi-disciplinary science organization that focuses on biology, geography, geology, geospatial information, and water, dedicated to the timely, relevant, and impartial study of the landscape, our natural resources, and the natural hazards that threaten the nation.
United States Fire Administration (USFA)
An entity of the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, USFA’s mission is to reduce life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies, through leadership, advocacy, coordination and support.