Crisis and Emergency Management

Crisis and Emergency Management

Anadarko has trained more than 500 employees and contractors worldwide in Crisis and Emergency Management. 

Diagram of Incident PrioritiesAnadarko’s Crisis and Emergency Management (CEM) Team’s mission is to reduce risks during normal business operations by increasing our emergency preparedness. CEM coordinates risk assessment and subsequent incident mitigation planning. Public health and employee safety are top priorities for all operations.

Anadarko’s Primary Goals During an Incident

  • Protection of people, the environment and assets
  • Response support to affected areas
  • Optimal utilization of Anadarko and third-party resources
  • Effective communication and cooperation with key regulatory agencies and other stakeholders
  • Restoration of business

“One Team”

To increase Anadarko’s preparedness and ability to respond to incidents of all magnitudes in all operational regions, the Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) “One Team” was created. By utilizing the HSE “One Team,” we can be better prepared to respond to an event.

This team is comprised of more than 800 trained personnel across all regions and disciplines. The team also includes memberships in local, national and global cooperatives, mutual aid initiatives and commercial specialty contractors. Members of the “One Team” must perform their assigned duties and functions in a safe and efficient manner to prevent endangering themselves or others when responding to the event.

Emergency Preparedness

Diagram of Identification of Potential Hazards Process

The first step in ensuring emergency preparedness is to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment to identify potential hazards that could hinder or stop operations. A few examples of the risks topics we evaluate include health and safety, environmental, security, medical and natural disasters. Other risks may be present, depending upon the regional location and operations being conducted.

Once the risks have been ascertained, proactive response actions are identified and recorded in the Facility Emergency Response Plan or the Regional Contingency Plan. These contingency plans utilize critical data and information from business partners and stakeholders sharing common goals or values. Action items and lessons learned during training exercises and/or actual incidents are tracked to closure, and Plans are updated as necessary for continuous improvement

Anadarko operates within a tiered response framework, consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Our response level is determined by the complexity of the incident, the risk to personnel and the public, the impact on the environment, and the need for mobilized resources. This tiered organization allows Anadarko to supplement extended duration incidents with personnel from other regions, extending the company’s ability to respond.

A key component to enhancing our preparedness is conducting periodic exercises. Exercises enable us to rehearse potential emergency situations, provide training to key staff, and verify the adequacy of emergency response activities and equipment.

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Emergency Response Organizational Structure

Emergency Response Team (ERT): Consists of first responders located at the facility and those emergency contractors (medical, spill response and containment, well control, etc.) who arrive shortly after an event. The number of positions/personnel required to staff the ERT is determined by the scale and complexity of the event.

Incident Management Team (IMT): Provides response operations outside the capabilities of the ERT. The Incident Commander will determine the need for activation and mobilization of the IMT. The members of the ERT will typically become members of the IMT.

Incident Support Team (IST): Oversees all actions that need to take place away from the scene and are not available locally, to support the IMT, facilitate planning and provide additional media and Human Resources coordination and additional support to address the concerns of the company, the public and government agencies.

Crisis Management Team (CMT): Manages crisis-related issues at the Anadarko Executive level. The CMT provides guidance on issues that have the potential to significantly impact the company’s reputation or operations, or pose a significant legal, regulatory or financial liability.

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