Emergency Response Plan

Definition - What does Emergency Response Plan mean?

An emergency response plan, abbreviated as ERP, is a planned document that contains the necessary procedures to be implemented in case of an emergency. This plan is a part of an elaborate Emergency Response System that focuses on how to respond or address to an incident. The processes mentioned in the emergency response plan are extremely crucial as they are designed to be implemented within the initial minutes of an emergency. This plan is designed after conducting a risk assessment which is followed by determining the various possible emergency scenarios. Every emergency situation has a different set of ERP designed specifically for it.

Petropedia explains Emergency Response Plan

In the petroleum industry, an ERP, i.e., Emergency Response Plan, is a maintained document that is updated and implemented in the event of an unseen incident that may take place in the upstream, midstream or downstream sector. This plan comes with guidelines that state the preparedness, response methods and measures that can be taken in case of a minor or a major incident. The processes mentioned in this plan are usually the measures of safety and precaution that need to be taken at the time of an emergency. The first priority is always the safety of life, which is followed by implementing necessary steps to stabilize the event. The various measures can include evacuation of the workers, general public or managing the wells.

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