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Emergency preparedness and response

In addition to our efforts to prevent incidents, ExxonMobil believes that environmental responsibility means maintaining a strong response capability to operational emergencies, should they occur.

We place great emphasis on preparing to respond effectively to mitigate the impact of incidents.

Baton Rouge area Emergency Response Organization consists of the following groups:

  • Plant Superintendents – manage emergency operations
  • All unit personnel – trained in handling emergencies
  • Primary Fire Squad – handles fires in early stages
  • Volunteer Fire Brigade – responds if more help is needed
  • Rescue Squad – provides rescue in elevated areas and confined space. The team participates in the National Industrial Rescue Training Competition, and placed first in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2006
  • Emergency Medical Team (EMT) – provides immediate life support
  • Chemical Network Response Team (CHEMNET) – provides hazardous materials response
  • Emergency Local Interfunctional Response Team (ELIRT) – handles oil spills

To sharpen professional skills, we conduct simulated emergencies annually and also participate in training provided by the Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Baton Rouge area Mutual Aid System.

Shelter in place
During a chemical release, emergency management officials or other authorities may recommend "shelter in place." It means that residents should stay inside their homes or other safe structures until notified that the situation is safe.

Shelter in place warnings are often precautionary, but they should always be followed. Listen to the radio or watch the TV for information and instructions.

If you are at home, tightly close all doors and windows; turn off air conditioners, heaters and fans. Students shelter in place in schools. Parents avoid going to pick up children unless school officials ask you to do so.

If you are at work, it may be determined that the safest course of action is to stay inside the building. While some employees may make a personal decision to leave, this decision should be made with the best available information.

For more about shelter in place:

Our firefighting barge
In 2005, we commissioned a firefighting barge that is available to fire and emergency response departments of the surrounding communities.

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