Guidance, Technical Assistance & Planning

Databases and Software Tools

Matrix of Response Functions (2000)
Produced by the Response Subcommittee for NRT Activation, this matrix identifies the capabilities (i.e. assessment, mitigation, response and recovery) of NRT member agencies to respond to chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological releases.

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Disaster Debris Recovery Tool (EPA Region 5)

EPA Region 5 has developed an interactive mapping tool of 12 types of recyclers and landfills that manage disaster debris. The Disaster Debris Recovery Tool (DDRT) provides information and locations of over 6,000 facilities throughout Region 5 and surrounding states capable of managing different materials which may be found in disaster debris. The tool can be used by disaster response, recovery and planning experts to advance the safe recovery, recycling, and disposal of disaster debris. It is expanding coverage of states and territories to support sustainable disaster debris management. DDRT datasets and data layers can be downloaded.

National Pipeline Mapping System (DOT PHMSA)
The National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) is a dataset containing locations of and information about gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plants which are under the jurisdiction of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The NPMS also contain voluntarily submitted breakout tank data. The data is used by PHMSA for emergency response, pipeline inspections, regulatory management and compliance, and analysis purposes. It is used by government officials, pipeline operators, and the general public for a variety of tasks including emergency response, smart growth planning, critical infrastructure protection, and environmental protection.

Environmental Response Management Application® (NOAA)
Environmental Response Management Application® (ERMA®) is an online mapping tool that integrates both static and real-time data, such as Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps, ship locations, weather, and ocean currents, in a centralized, easy-to-use format for environmental responders and decision makers.

Consolidated List of Chemicals Subject to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act and Section 112 of the Clean Air Act
This consolidated list of chemicals subject to reporting requirements under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

CHEMTREC serves as a round-the-clock resource for obtaining immediate critical response information for incidents involving hazardous materials and dangerous goods. CHEMTREC is linked to the largest network of chemical and hazardous material experts in the world, including chemical and response specialists, public emergency services, and private contractors.

The Sheffield Chemdex: the directory of chemistry on the world wide web since 1993.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). ATSDR serves the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances.

Toxic Substances Portal (ATSDR)
Search substances by Chemical Abstracts Service Number (CAS#), Substance Name, Synonym, or Tradename.

TOXMAP® is a Geographic Information System (GIS) from the Division of Specialized Information Services of the US National Library of Medicine® (NLM) that uses maps of the United States to help users visually explore data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Superfund Program, as well as some non-EPA datasets.

Envirofacts (EPA)
Envirofacts contains chemical data from several different program system databases: the Aerometric Information Retrieval System, the Permit Compliance System, and the Toxics Release Inventory System. The Envirofacts Master Chemical Integrator (EMCI) identifies the chemicals in these systems. Using this integrator, you can learn details about a chemical substance, such as chemical names, discharge limits, and reported releases without knowing how the chemical is identified in the various program office systems throughout the Envirofacts database.

U.S. Gazetteer
Download U.S. Gazetteer files for congressional districts, places, counties, county subdivisions, census tracts, American Indian areas, school districts, state legislative districts, urban areas, and ZIP Code tabulation areas (ZCTAs).

Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (EPA)

Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) is a system of software applications used to plan for and respond to chemical emergencies. Developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to assist front-line chemical emergency planners and responders, CAMEO can access, store, and evaluate information critical for developing emergency plans.

CAMEO Chemicals app for iOS (on the App Store)

CAMEO Chemicals app for Android (on Google Play)

Local Emergency Planning Committees
Information about Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs).

Enforcement and Compliance History Online (EPA)
Use the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website to search for facilities in your community to assess their compliance with environmental regulations. You can also investigate pollution sources, examine and create enforcement-related maps, or explore your state's performance.

Maps & Data (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
Find geographic data and products such as the TIGER/Line Shapefiles, Keyhole Markup Language (KMLs), TIGERweb, cartographic boundary files, geographic relationship files, and reference and thematic maps.

Chemical Hazards Response Information System (USCG)
The Chemical Hazards Response Information System (CHRIS) is designed to provide information needed for decision-making by responsible U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) personnel during emergencies that occur during the water transport of hazardous chemicals.

Emergency Response Guidebook (DOT PHMSA)
Visitors can access or download Apps or software related to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA's) Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG). The ERG provides first responders with a go-to manual to help deal with hazmat accidents during the critical first 30 minutes.


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