Following is a list of freeware that provides information related to emergency response and planning. Before you access any software or apps, please read our disclaimer and permissions page if you haven't already done so.

Cargo Decoder App
By Strategies in Software. Cargo Decoder is your guide to what is in the truck or tanker next to you on the highway. Enter the 4 digit number from the DOT placard to learn about a material and see details from both the 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG 2012) and 2008 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG 2008). Cargo Decoder uses no network bandwidth so information will always be available even if the cell network is not. Available through Google for free or for a small fee through other vendors. Cargo Decoder supports the Emergency Response Guidebook in English, Spanish, and French.

Chemical Facility Vulnerability Assessment Methodology
By National Institute of Justice and Sandia National Laboratories. Presents a systematic approach for assessing potential security risks at chemical facilities.

Dangerous Goods Manual App
By Knorre. The Dangerous Goods Manual Android App helps you identify hazardous materials (HazMat). Includes ERI-Cards (Emergency Response Intervention Cards) for guidance on initial actions for fire crews.

Emergency Response Guidebook
By US Department of Transportation (DOT), Transport Canada (TC), and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT). A guide to aid first responders in quickly identifying the specific or generic hazards of the material(s) involved in the incident, and protecting themselves and the general public during the initial response phase of the incident.

Emergency Response Guidebook Software
By Canadian Transport Emergency Centre (CANUTEC), US Department of Transportation (DOT), Transport Canada (TC), and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT). A guide to aid first responders in quickly identifying the specific or generic hazards of the material(s) involved in the incident, and protecting themselves and the general public during the initial response phase of the incident.

First Aid InteliTool
By Aetna InteliHealth, Inc.. The time to prepare for accidents and emergencies is before they happen. This first aid guide can help you learn how to handle incidents both minor and major. Includes an A to Z database of conditions (like allergic reaction or unconsciousness) and a video library of instructional clips.

HazMat Reference and Emergency Response Guide App
By ThatsMyStapler Inc.. This iPhone app serves as a quick reference and educational tool for employees that are involved with the regular handling and storage or incident response of Hazardous Materials.

Logistical and Transportation Planning Methods: Urban Operations Research
By Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Quantitative techniques of Operations Research with emphasis on applications in transportation systems analysis (urban, air, ocean, highway, pick-up and delivery systems) and in the planning and design of logistically oriented urban service systems (e.g., fire and police departments, emergency medical services, emergency repair services). Unified study of functions of random variables, geometrical probability, multi-server queueing theory, spatial location theory, network analysis and graph theory, and relevant methods of simulation. Discussion of implementation difficulties. This course has been translated by Universia and is available en Espanol and em Portugues.

MediaLab First Aid
By MediaLab, Inc.. This basic course demonstrates how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver; tells how to administer bleeding aid; tells how to treat fractures; describes degrees of thermal burns and appropriate treament; and explains how to treat chemical burns.

Medical Management Guidelines for Acute Chemical Exposures
By US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Guidelines intended to aid healthcare professionals involved in emergency response to effectively decontaminate patients, protect themselves and others from contamination, communicate with other involved personnel, efficiently transport patients to a medical facility, and provide competent medical evaluation and treatment to exposed persons.

OSHA Search Page
By US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Search the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) web site.

Public Health Preparedness and Response Series (PH 461-467)
By The School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Illinois Public Health Preparedness Center offers competency-based, completely online courses for public health workers that are offered in a self-directed, instructor-led format. This series covers public health preparedness and response and includes the courses PH 461 to PH 467: What is Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response?; Bioterrorism Preparedness & Response; Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Planning; Public Health Emergency Response Management; and Surveillance & Assessment in Public Health Emergencies.

Search the EPA Internet
By US Environmental Protection Agency. Search the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) web site.

Smallpox Preparedness: Considerations for Response Team Volunteers Webcast
By US Center for Disease Control (CDC). State public health departments are working with local public health departments and hospitals to further develop their smallpox response plans, which include identifying healthcare workers and public health first responders to serve on Smallpox Response Teams. Pre-event vaccination of these Smallpox Response Teams will allow them to better protect the American public against smallpox attack. People who volunteer to receive the smallpox vaccine need to know 1) the conditions that increase the risk of a serious complication and how to assess if they should not be immunized, 2) instructions for caring for the smallpox vaccination site to avoid transmission of the vaccine virus to themselves or others, especially family or household members. This program will provide needed information to those people who are considering participation on a Smallpox Response Team. Originally aired January 9, 2003 and December 20, 2002.

State Emergency Response Commission Contacts
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Office (CEPPO). Find the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) contacts for each state and territory in US.

The Bioterrorism Act of 2002
By US Food and Drug Administration. The events of Sept. 11, 2001, reinforced the need to enhance the security of the United States. Congress responded by passing the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (the Bioterrorism Act), which President Bush signed into law June 12, 2002.

Toxic Substance Control Act Test Submission database (TSCATS)
By Syracuse Research Corporation. The Toxic Substance Control Act Test Submission database, TSCATS, was developed by Syracuse Research Corp. for EPA starting in 1985. It is a central system for the collection, maintenance, and dissemination of information on unpublished technical reports submitted by industry to EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Studies on over 8,000 chemicals are categorized into three broad subject areas (health effects, environmental effects, and environmental fate).

Vulnerability Self Assessment Software Tool (VSAT)
By Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies. Provides a system for water and wastewater utilities seeking to analyze their vulnerability to both intentional threats and natural disasters. VSAT organizes data, supports vulnerability analyses, and documents the analyses for potential utility assets including physical plant, employees, knowledge base, information technology, and customers. Includes reference libraries of both potential threats and countermeasures, and provides a method for managing the information generated by security vulnerability assessments.

Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER)
By US National Library of Medicine. WISER is a system designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. It provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. Available for the Palm, PocketPC, and Windows.

WISER App
By US National Library of Medicine. WISER is a system designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. Available for Android, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

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