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Letters: June 2020


Disaster Preparedness

I thought the article “Take Steps to Improve Disaster Preparedness,” by Wade Scheel in the April 2020 issue, was very good. However, a key missing aspect under the section entitled “Develop an emergency contingency plan” is the need to have strong coordination of such plans at the local level with Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) and first responders. This is glaringly apparent in the next-to-last paragraph of this section with the real-life example during Hurricane Harvey.

In addition, many small facilities have little or no onsite emergency response capability and fully expect local first responders to save their facility from catastrophic loss. Their emergency plan has two lines:

  1. Dial 911.
  2. Run.

So strong collaboration, coordination, and communication at the local level is critically important. In addition, in some areas, facilities work together to develop mutual-aid programs for planning, preparation, and response. Often, local first responders may be volunteers and do not have the necessary expertise or resources; in these situations, mutual aid and coordination/collaboration are beneficial.

R. Craig Matthiessen, P.E. (AIChE Fellow)

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