Trucker Apps: DOT Launches HazMat Emergency App

HazMat App

The Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced the release of a mobile app of the Emergency Response Guidebook 2012.

The app provides “the nation’s emergency responders with fast, easily accessible information to help them manage hazardous material incidents,” a press release about the app stated.

The app was designed to make it easier for firefighters, police and first responders to quickly locate the information they need.  The app features an electronic key-word search function, and because the app will be accessed via smart phone, the back-lit screens will ensure easy reading during nighttime emergencies.

The app includes new evacuation tables for large toxic gas spills and standard response procedures for gas and liquid pipeline incidents.

“The first 30 minutes are the most crucial when it comes to responding to a hazmat situation,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “The new app is both mobile and flexible, and gives first responders the knowledge they need to protect themselves and their communities in an emergency.”

Links to download this software are available from the Apple iTunes website at ERG 2012 for iPhone and from the Google Play website at ERG 2012 for Android. In addition, a version of the ERG is available in NLM’s Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders application. An instructional video for learning how to use the ERG2012 is also available on PHMSA’s website.