Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Emergency Response Guidebook

Emergency Response Guidebook

The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) 2020 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) 2020 is now available.  The following link provides additional information regarding the ERG, including changes, updates, a link to a mobile app, and electronic versions of the book in Spanish and French: https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/erg/emergency-response-guidebook-erg

Additional facts for the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) 2020 delivery cycle:

  • New York State requested 140,000 ERGs from the U.S. Department of Transportation and was provided with total of 138,415 overall.
  • The ERGs were delivered to the State in August of 2020.
  • There were 9,712 books delivered directly to New York City Emergency Management by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • A total of 65,960 ERGs were shipped by the NYS Office of Emergency Management (State OEM) to all other counties in New York State. These book allotments are for all county and municipal response entities to use.
  • Local entities looking to obtain 2020 ERGs should contact their county emergency management office.
  • New York State agencies were provided with their allotments of 2020 ERGs directly from State OEM. 
  • State agencies looking to obtain additional books can contact State OEM at the email below. 

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

2020 Emergency Response Guidebook - Free Mobile App

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has developed a free, mobile web app of its Emergency Response Guidebook 2020. The new safety tool provides the nation's emergency responders with fast, easily accessible information to help them manage hazardous material incidents.

This software is available from the Apple iTunes store for iPhone, and from the Google Play website for Android.

Please visit https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/erg for more information.