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Emergency Planning and Response


Inadequate or poor emergency planning or response has been a recurring finding in the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s (CSB’s) investigations. One of the very early CSB investigations, the Herrig Brothers Farm Propane Tank Explosion, made an emergency response recommendation for training for firefighers, as did the recently closed West Fertilizer Investigation. Emergency planning and response, communicating with the community, training, and exercising the plans are all subsets of emergency preparedness.  

To date, 14 CSB investigations found deficiencies in a community’s, facility’s or emergency responder’s preparedness to respond to an incident at a chemical facility. The majority of CSB’s recommendations relating to emergency preparedness can be categorized in the following areas: 

Emergency Preparedness Investigations
Investigations 14
Recommendations 48
Open Recommendations 12
Closed Recommendations 36

In 2009, the CSB released a safety video based on ten years of emergency response recommendations and investigations.


CSB Investigations and Recommendations involving emergency preparedness:




Last Updated February 12, 2018

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