Annex Q: Hazardous Materials & Chemical Spills

Concept of Operations

The purpose of this annex is to establish the policies and procedures that LSCS will use in the event of a hazardous material incident or chemical spill. This Annex defines the roles, responsibilities, and organizational relationships of LSCS departments, external agencies, and private entities in responding to and recovering from a hazardous materials incident. The Annex provides guidance to protect the LSCS community and the environment from a hazardous materials incident. This annex also references responsibilities for radiological response, fire fighting, and search and rescue response as detailed in other Annexes.

Concept of Operations

This annex applies during any situation in which there is a danger to life, property, or the environment that results from an accident involving the uncontrolled release or spill of any hazardous materials. The primary agencies involved will be LSCS Facilities, Police, and Administrative Services, local fire marshal offices and fire departments, external law enforcement, and the City of Houston or Harris County or (depending on jurisdiction) hazardous materials response teams (HMRT). Other agencies will assist as appropriate. The responding Fire Marshal’s Office provides a technician-level HMRT charged with the responsibility of responding to hazardous materials incident in the LSCS service area.

References

  • FEMA, Guide for All-Hazard Emergency Operations Planning (SLG-101).
  • National Response Team, Hazardous Material Emergency Planning Guide (NRT-1).
  • Annex D: Radiological incidents, LSCS Basic Plan
  • Annex F: Fire Fighting, LSCS Basic Plan
  • Annex G: Law Enforcement, LSCS Basic Plan
  • Annex H: Health & Medical Services, LSCS Basic Plan
  • Annex R: Search and Rescue, LSCS Basic Plan
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