Emergency preparedness and response at Beaumont

ExxonMobil’s emergency response teams in Beaumont are staffed by employee volunteers supported by a core team of dedicated emergency responders.

Article Sept. 27, 2018

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Emergency preparedness and response at Beaumont

Emergency preparedness

We have a team of about 140 rigorously trained employees to ensure world-class response capabilities. Our response teams routinely test emergency notification equipment and simulate emergency scenarios with city and county teams to ensure preparation and coordination.

We work closely with the city and county to coordinate mutual aid and off-site assistance, helping to safeguard our employees, contractors, neighbors and facilities.

Stay informed

Residents can stay informed and prepared by signing up for the Southeast Texas Alerting Network (STAN) by logging on to www.thestan.com.

Shelter-in-place: What you need to know

In the event of a chemical release, city or county emergency management officials or other authorities may advise residents to shelter-in-place. This means to stay inside homes or other safe structures and secure the building until notified that the situation is safe.

Shelter-in-place warnings are often precautionary, but they should always be followed.

If at home:

  • Tightly close all doors and windows; turn off air conditioners, heaters and fans.
  • Students shelter in place in schools. Parents should avoid going to pick up children unless school officials direct you to do so.

If 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.

Hurricane preparedness

We constantly monitor weather conditions and prepare our infrastructure and people for the possibility of high winds and storm surges. We have a comprehensive plan for severe weather emergencies.

We conduct hurricane preparedness training annually. In May 2018, we conducted a two-day training, which included a meteorological overview of the 2018 hurricane forecast and a simulated exercise. The training helped individuals prepare for their specific roles, and identified improvement opportunities.

For example, following Hurricane Harvey, ExxonMobil’s teams assisted with a temporary solution to help Beaumont restore water service to the city. Learn more about our response to Harvey.

Beaumont’s Hurricane Harvey response and recovery

Hurricane Harvey made landfall across the U.S. Gulf Coast on August 26, 2017. The record-breaking storm dumped more than 64 inches of rain on Beaumont Texas, causing the Neches River, which borders the Beaumont refinery, to breach its levee.

ExxonMobil monitored the storm and a team of dedicated and hardworking employees stayed at the refinery to carry out a safe shutdown. Those working from home — some of them dealing with floodwaters in their own residences — relayed their expertise to colleagues who were temporarily living in those refineries, separated from their families.

The storm caused millions of dollars of damage, displaced thousands of families and resulted in the tragic loss of over 80 lives.

While more than 1,000 of our employees suffered damage from the storm, it did not stop our workforce from stepping up to assist with recovery and relief efforts. We partnered with community leaders to supply cases of water, fresh produce and other necessary items throughout the area during the aftermath. This included:

  • Distribution of 30,000 bottles of water
  • Supply of over 60 pounds of produce
  • Delivery of more than 400 pounds of toiletries
  • Mustering over 50 helicopters to deliver supplies

Read our special report on Beaumont’s Harvey response and recovery efforts in the fourth quarter edition of The Exemplar newsletter.

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