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Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)

How to Use the ERG

Before an emergency:
Become familiar with the Emergency Response Guidebook.

Quickly Identify Hazmat Emergency Procedures

PHMSA's 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook provides first responders with a go-to manual to help deal with hazmat transportation accidents during the critical first 30 minutes. PHMSA revised the How to Use the ERG video to include changes found in the 2012 edition of guidebook. The original edition was produced in 2008 through a Cooperative Agreement with the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

DOT's goal is to place an ERG in every public emergency service vehicle nationwide. To date, nearly 11 million free copies have been distributed to the emergency response community through state emergency management coordinators. Members of the public may purchase a copy of the ERG through the GPO Bookstore and other commercial suppliers.

First responders, we want your feedback! Submit your name, organization, contact information, and comments to ERG2016@dot.gov.

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PHMSA has developed free mobile apps of its Emergency Response Guidebook 2012 (ERG). The new safety tools provide the nation's emergency responders with fast, easily accessible information to help them manage hazardous material transportation incidents. Click here for more information.
PHMSA's 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook provides first responders with a go-to manual to help quickly identify emergency response procedures to deal with hazmat transportation accidents during the critical first 30 minutes. DOT's goal is to place an ERG in every public emergency service vehicle nationwide.