Because the potential for risk is always present, we take a proactive approach to planning for emergencies such as natural disasters, security events, releases and other emergency situations.
Industry-wide Preparedness Efforts
We strive to be an industry leader in emergency response advancements. We participate on many emergency preparedness committees through trade associations such as the Association of Oil Pipelines, the American Petroleum Institute and the Association of American Rail. Together, we develop standards, educate emergency responders and strengthen programs throughout the United States. Plains employees also participate on many Area Contingency Planning committees and other local community emergency preparedness committees across North America.
Plains engages employees, regulators, spill response organizations and contractors in more than 100 emergency response training exercises annually to test the effectiveness of our plans and procedures. We work closely with first responders in the communities where we operate to share information about Plains’ pipelines, terminals, trucking, and rail and gas operations, and to enlist their assistance in reducing risks related to possible emergency situations. We develop relationships and provide education about our assets with community first responders, volunteer firefighters, Emergency Management Services (EMS) and members of the Local EMS organizations.
Plains Crisis Management Services
Plains is on a journey to zero incidents involving our employees, contractors and assets. Our Crisis Management Services (CMS) group is a team of dedicated emergency response professionals focused on providing employees with proper training, response strategies and other processes in place to effectively manage and mitigate emergency situations, should they arise. Our well-trained internal team works closely with contractors and members of the emergency response community to engage in emergency situations quickly and effectively. The CMS team ensures key employees throughout the company receive training on the Incident Command System (ICS) so they understand, and can work effectively within, the Unified Command structure, alongside federal, state and local responders.
WHAT IS ICS?
ICS is a standardized management system used to quickly, safely and effectively manage, organize and deploy resources during an incident. In the event that multiple agencies or jurisdictional authorities respond to an incident, a Unified Command structure may be instituted, in which each responding agency or jurisdiction, and the responsible party participates in decision-making and information-sharing in a structured fashion, working together under a single action plan.