Emergency preparedness and response

The ability to respond to emergencies promptly is a critical aspect of our business. Effective emergency preparedness and response depends on competent response teams.

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Emergency preparedness and response

Emergency preparedness 

Overview

ExxonMobil is prepared to respond to a wide array of emergency events, including natural disasters and operational incidents. Regardless of the size, severity or cause of an event, each ExxonMobil facility and business unit can access trained responders and resources. We routinely test our emergency response teams in accordance with external regulatory requirements and our own Operations Integrity Management System.
Cross-functional teams develop and practice emergency response tactics through emergency support groups and incident management teams we support around the world. Our emergency support groups consist of advisors from business lines; human resources; law; public and government affairs; and our operational excellence, safety, security, health and environment group. The teams test their emergency response strategies through simulations of spills, fires and security incidents. Regional response teams support emergency support groups and local emergency response teams as needed. We have three regional response teams: Americas; Europe, Africa and the Middle East; and Asia Pacific. Each team consists of cross-functional ExxonMobil personnel trained to address a range of scenarios.

2018 corporate emergency preparedness and response training

2018 performance and initiatives

For example, in 2018, the ExxonMobil Americas Regional Response Team (ARRT) conducted an emergency response exercise in the Houston area in coordination with the Texas General Land Office. The training exercise simulated a response to an offshore oil spill where the oil reached shore. To accomplish this, Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) teams went to Galveston Island State Park and conducted mock SCAT surveys under real environmental conditions. The results of the mock surveys were transmitted to the command post where the remainder of the team used the information to inform remediation efforts at the hypothetically impacted areas. Nearly 80 ARRT personnel participated in the exercise. 
ExxonMobil employees participated in a safety training conducted by the ExxonMobil Americas Regional Response Team in Galveston, Texas.
Local spill prevention

Marine Board of Victoria's Oil Spill Committees

ExxonMobil is represented on the Marine Board of Victoria's Oil Spill Committees and, in the unlikely event of a major spill, we have access to additional resources such as the Geelong-based Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre (AMOSC). International resources based in Singapore and Southhampton (UK) can also be called upon, as well as Federal, Victorian and other State Government resources.

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