Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Emergency Response Guidebook

Emergency Response Guidebook

The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) 2016 was developed jointly by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT) for use by firefighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving a hazardous material.  The new Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) 2016 is now available.

Additional facts for the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) 2016 delivery cycle:

  • New York State requested 135,000 ERG books from U.S. Department of Transportation, and was provided with total of 101,829 overall.
  • Of the total number received, there were 10,000 books delivered directly to New York City Emergency Management by U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • All other counties in New York State were provided with their own supply of books, totaling 63,800; these book allotments are for county and municipal response entities.
  • State agencies were provided with individual allotments of 2016 ERGs from NYS Office of Emergency Management.
  • Books were shipped the week of April 25, 2016.
  • Local entities looking to obtain 2016 ERGs should contact their county emergency management office.

For any other inquiries, please contact the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) by e-mail: serc.oem@dhses.ny.gov.

2016 Emergency Response Guidebook - Free Mobile App

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced a free, mobile web app of its Emergency Response Guidebook 2016 (ERG) will be available soon.  PHMSA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Library of Medicine (NLM) joined forces in producing the two free ERG mobile applications.

Links to download this software will be available from the Apple iTunes website for iPhone and from the Google Play website for Android.  In addition, a version of the ERG is available in NLM's Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) application.

Please visit http://phmsa.dot.gov for more information.