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Emergency preparedness and response

The ability to respond to emergencies promptly is critical, and we conduct extensive training and drills to prepare for such situations.

At ExxonMobil, we believe effective emergency preparedness requires competent response teams. To that end, we establish strategic emergency support groups (ESGs) to develop and practice emergency response strategies and assist field responders. We routinely train ESG members, a wide variety of our employees, on a range of possible scenarios, including simulated spills, fires, explosions, natural disasters and security incidents. 

ExxonMobil takes a disciplined and structured “command and control” approach to emergency preparedness that is based on clear communication. Regardless of the size of an event, each ExxonMobil facility and business unit has access to a wide array of trained responders, including our regional response teams (RRTs), which provide rapid tactical support when needed. Our three RRTs — North America; Europe, Africa and Middle East; and Asia Pacific — address tactical issues associated with the field response. The RRTs comprise approximately 500 ExxonMobil personnel trained in one consistent management system with common roles and responsibilities. In total, the RRTs completed four training exercises in 2015, with approximately 400 ExxonMobil participants.

  • Lisa VanderLaan 

    Safety, security, health and environment support manager
    "The quality of the exercise and high degree of professionalism by all involved is a clear demonstration of ExxonMobil's commitment to emergency preparedness and response. I was also very encouraged to see such a strong partnership with the regulatory agencies that participated."