Sunday, December 6, 2009

ERM-BC-COOP: Generalize the specific

One of the lists on which I participate recently had the following appeal:


Our University will be gaining ownership of all of our natural gas lines and will need to develop an Emergency Response Plan for gas leaks, terrorism, or other disasters that may involve our natural gas lines.

If you could share any of your emergency response plans regarding natural gas lines or a location or contact to get samples, I would really appreciate it. Thank you in advance!


I provided a very expansive recommendation that could be "generalized" to cover more situations that Jeff's gas line. I submit it below for consideration as how it might apply to a situation in your organization.

Strongly encourage you talk to the experts - the people from whom you are acquiring the pipes.

Failing that, talk to the people who supply the gas that will flow through the pipes.

Either/both (if different) should be able to tell you about the inherent risks and the localized (environment, etc.) risks.

Also talk with local constabulary, fire department, and EMTs (if not part of fire brigade) - all need to know where the pipes are located.

Finally, make certain the pipes are mapped with the local "Before You Dig" operation (that is both good - helps prevent "accidental" breaks by a backhoe or trencher - and bad - makes the location available to a miscreant claiming to be a contractor).

Remember, the best way to handle an emergency is to avoid (or mitigate) it in the first place. The folks I recommended can help you on both counts - protecting the resource and restoring to business as usual if something nasty insists on happening.

I would _not_ recommend a "cut-n-paste" from someone else's plan (although the core information can be used to give direction to _your_ plan) since your university (environment) is unique.


John Glenn, MBCI
Enterprise Risk Management practitioner
Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale Florida
Seeking opportunities that will - preferably - let me work in, or from, southeast Florida.


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