Our emergency procedures are designed to respond to incidents quickly and professionally. Our comprehensive procedures underscore our priorities for the safety of all people, protection of the environment, integrity of our assets and preservation of our reputation. As part of our robust emergency response plan, field employees are trained using the same management system used by emergency responders from FEMA to firefighters.
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides situational awareness and standardizes the flow of information, which expedites the emergency response and creates a smoother reaction overall. While many companies train their employees in NIMS level 100, Chesapeake takes extra precautions. Every field employee is also trained in NIMS level 200 and to the operations level of Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. This additional training at higher NIMS levels ensures field employees and corporate management teams have a clear understanding of their related duties, tasks and responsibilities, and are able to effectively communicate with emergency response personnel if necessary.
The emergency response team prepares for possible incidents by:
- Utilizing risk identification tools to identify sensitive sites/areas
- Developing tactical response plans
- Performing tabletop exercises
- Conducting drills