2012 Emergency Response Guidebook

cover imageA Guidebook for First Responders During the Initial Phase of a Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Transportation Incident

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This guide book is a must-have for first responders, so we're posting the PDF here for anyone who needs to print their own copy. Click here to download the PDF for your own use.

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You can also order a bound copy of this guide book from DOT's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Adminstration by visiting their web site: http://phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/library/erg

Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Bill - H.R. 4310 (May 2012)

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The National Defense Authorization Bill for Fiscal Year 2013 (House Resolution 4310) includes requirements for the Secretary of Defense to submit to the congressional defense committees the Department's plan to protect defense-related critical assets from the adverse effects from electromagnetic pulse and high-powered microwave weapons.

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On page 85 of the PDF of H.R. 4310, see Section 252 (click here for a PDF of these two pages only).

Pages 85-86SEC. 252. REGIONAL ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CLUSTERS.
(a) DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATIVE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES.—The Secretary of Defense may use the research and engineering network of the Department of Defense, including the organic industrial base, to support regional advanced technology clusters established by the Secretary of Commerce to encourage the development of innovative advanced technologies, including advanced robotics, advanced defense systems, power and energy innovations, systems to mitigate manmade and naturally occurring electromagnetic pulse or high-powered microwaves, cybersecurity and applied lightweight materials, to address national security and homeland defense challenges.

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On page 791 of the PDF of H.R. 4310, see Section 2815 (click here for a PDF of these two pages only) .

Pages 791-792SEC. 2815. PLAN TO PROTECT CRITICAL DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CRITICAL ASSETS FROM ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE WEAPONS.
(a) PLAN REQUIRED.—Not later than September 1, 2013, the Secretary of the Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a plan to protect defense critical assets under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense, and critical equipment at military installations, from the adverse effects of electromagnetic pulse and high-powered microwave weapons.
(b) PREPARATION AND ELEMENTS OF PLAN.—In preparing the plan required by subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense shall utilize the guidance and recommendations of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack established by section 1401 of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (as enacted into law by Public Law 106–398; 114. Stat. 1654A–345). The plan shall include the following elements:
(1) An assessment of overall military installation protection from electromagnetic pulse and high powered microwave weapons.
(2) A listing of defense critical assets.
(3) An assessment of the adequacy of each defense critical asset, to include the backup power capabilities of the defense critical asset, to withstand attack currently and a description and a cost estimate for each project to improve, repair, renovate, or modernize defense critical assets for which any deficiency is identified in the assessment.
(4) A list of projects, costs, and timelines through the future-years defense program to meet the requirements to overcome deficiencies identified under paragraph (3) for all defense critical assets.
(5) A list of civilian critical infrastructures upon which a defense critical asset depends (electricity, water, telecommunications, etc) that, if rendered inoperable by electromagnetic pulse or high powered microwave weapons, would compromise the function of a defense critical asset.
(c) FORM OF SUBMISSION.—The plan required by subsection (a) shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified annex.
(d) DEFENSE CRITICAL ASSET.—In this section, the term ''defense critical asset'' means an asset of such extraordinary importance to operations in peace, crisis, and war that its incapacitation or destruction would have a very serious debilitating effect on the ability of the Department of Defense to fulfill its missions.

 

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Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Bill - H.R. 1540 (December 2011)

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Executive SummaryHouse Resolution 1540 (H.R. 1540), known as "the National Defense Authorization Bill" includes, for the first time, requirements for the Secretary of Defense to report to Congress whether, and how, the Department of Defense is prepared for the effects of electromagnetic pulse (EMP),

"whether natural or manmade. Within 120 days... the report should include the following:

  1. An assessment of any threats posed by a natural or manmade EMP event, including identifying the foreign countries that may be developing weapons capable of producing a high altitude EMP, the nature of the capabilities, and possible advances in the capabilities over the next 10 years;
  2. A description of any efforts by the Department of Defense since the 2008 EMP Commission Report was released to address the findings in (1);
  3. A description of the appropriate authorities, capabilities, procedures, protections, and force structure that the United States may require over the next 10 years to address the findings in (1);
  4. A description of Government contingency response plans to mitigate the consequences of or remediate after an EMP event, especially with regard to critical infrastructure;
  5. In the event that no Government contingency response plans exist, a description of what steps are being undertaken by the Department on an emergency basis to respond to an EMP event;
  6. A description of plans and guidance for military base commanders to be prepared to act on their own authority to provide support to or receive support from local authorities, police, fire, and other emergency services, as well as plans and training with civil first responders in their locality to help restore critical infrastructures and assist the civilian population after a catastrophic EMP event, and;
  7. An assessment of additional legal authorities or resources that may be needed to develop contingency response plans and capabilities to protect the American people and remediate critical infrastructures after an EMP event."

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Presidential Policy Directive 8 (March 2011)

Executive SummaryThis policy document–generally known as PPD-8–was released by the White House in March, 2011, and distributed to federal agencies whose job it is to deal with issues of national security–in this case, PPD-8 is a policy for preparedness that will be chiefly implemented by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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From the FEMA web site: "The directive was developed to strengthen our Nation’s security and resilience against a variety of hazards, including terrorism, pandemics and catastrophic natural disasters. It also reflects the Administration’s belief that the entire emergency management team – which includes all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors and individual citizens – plays a key role in keeping our communities safe and secure, meeting the needs of survivors when disaster strikes and preventing the loss of life and property." 

 

 

Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation, 2nd Edition (2010)

Executive SummaryThis guidance was developed by a Federal interagency committee led by the Executive
Office of the President (National Security Staff and Office of Science and Technology
Policy) with representatives from the Departments of Defense, Energy, Health and Human
Services, Homeland Security (DHS), Labor, Transportation, Veteran's Affairs, the
Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and
the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Future editions and interagency coordination related to
Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation will be coordinated by DHS,
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

From the Introduction:

One of the most catastrophic incidents that could befall the United States (US), causing enormous loss of life and property and severely damaging economic viability, is a nuclear detonation in a US city. It is incumbent upon all levels of government, as well as public and private parties within the US, to prepare for this incident through focused nuclear attack response planning. Nuclear explosions present substantial and immediate radiological threats to life and a severely damaged response infrastructure. Local and State community preparedness to respond to a nuclear detonation could result in life-saving on the order of tens of thousands of lives.

The purpose of this guidance is to provide emergency planners with nuclear detonation-specific response recommendations to maximize the preservation of life in the event of an urban nuclear detonation.

 




NFPA 1600®
Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs 2010 Edition

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Initial Economic Assessment of Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Impact upon the Baltimore-Washington-Richmond Region by The Sage Policy Group

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Are You Ready?
An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness

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Target Capabilities List
A companion to the National Preparedness Guidelines

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Securing the Modern Electric Grid From Physical and Cyber Attacks
Hearing Before he Subcommittee On Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology of the Committee On Homeland Security, House of Representatives

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Protecting the Electric Grid:
H.R. 2165, "The Bulk Power System Protection Act of 2009," and H.R. 2195, "To Amend the Federal Power Act To Provide Addition Authorities To Adequately Protect The Critical Electric Infrastructure Against Cyber Attack, And For Other Puposes"

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Department of Defense Interface Standard
MIL-STD-188-125-1 "HIGH-ALTITUDE ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE (HEMP) PROTECTION FOR GROUND-BASED C4I FACILITIES PERFORMING CRITICAL, TIME-URGENT MISSIONS"

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