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U.S./Mexico Border Contingency Planning and Emergency Response. NRT/RRT Co-Chairs Meeting Albuquerque, New Mexico March 2003 Dan Meer, Chief Response, Planning and Assessment Branch EPA Region 9 - San Francisco. Key Programs . U.S./Mexico Joint Response Team Border 2012 Program

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u s mexico border contingency planning and emergency response

U.S./Mexico Border Contingency Planning and Emergency Response

NRT/RRT Co-Chairs Meeting

Albuquerque, New Mexico

March 2003

Dan Meer, Chief

Response, Planning and Assessment Branch

EPA Region 9 - San Francisco

key programs
Key Programs
  • U.S./Mexico Joint Response Team
  • Border 2012 Program
  • Contingency Planning – Sister City Plans
  • Joint Exercises
  • Training
  • Hazard Assessment
  • HazMat and Emergency Response Resources
joint us mexico inland contingency plan jcp
Joint US/Mexico Inland Contingency Plan (JCP)

Key Responsibilities

  • Policies
  • Notifications
  • Prevention and Planning
  • Response Operations
  • Binational Preparedness
  • Training
  • Exercises
u s mexico joint inland contingency plan
U.S./Mexico Joint Inland Contingency Plan
  • Objectives
    • Provide a bi-national coordination mechanism
    • Assure appropriate and effective cooperative preparedness and response mechanisms between the U.S. and Mexico
    • Develop incident notification systems and protocols
u s mexico joint inland contingency plan5
U.S./Mexico Joint Inland Contingency Plan
  • Key Aspects
    • Creates organizational structure for coordinating response efforts
    • Establishes Joint Response Team (JRT) and the Issue/Incident-Specific Joint Response Team (ISJRT).
    • Establishes notification procedures, response operations, roles and responsibilities of agencies
    • Recognizes that initial responsibility for incident response rests with local authorities.
border 2012 program goals
BORDER 2012 PROGRAM GOALS

#1 Reduce water contamination

#2 Reduce air pollution

#3 Reduce land contamination

#4 Reduce exposure, particularly children’s exposure, to pesticides

#5 Reduce exposure to chemicals as a result of accidental chemical releases and/or acts of terrorism

border 2012
Border 2012

Goal #5: Reduce exposure to chemicals as a result of accidental chemical release and/or deliberate acts of terrorism

  • Objective 1: By 2004, have chemical emergency advisory/notification mechanisms in place
  • Objective 2: By 2008, have all 14 sister cities joint contingency plans in place and operating (including exercises), including bi-national committees for chemical emergency prevention (or similar border forums).
  • Objective 3: By 2012, 50 percent of sister city joint contingency plans supplemented with preparedness and prevention related efforts, such as risk and consequence analysis, risk reduction, ct, etc.
status of sister city plans
Status of Sister City Plans
  • To date, ten (10) sister city plans have been developed.
    • Brownsville/Matamoros; Eagle Pass/Piedras Negras; Laredo/Nuevo Laredo; McAllen/Reynosa; Nogales/Nogales; San Luis/San Luis; Del Rio/Ciudad Acuna; Cochise County/Naco; Columbus/Ascension-Puerto Las Palomas; and Douglas/Agua Prieta.
sister city plans in progress
Sister City Plans in Progress
  • Sister cities working to develop their contingency plans, include:
    • City/County of San Diego/Tijuana
    • El Paso/Ciudad Juarez
    • Weslaco/Rio Bravo-Progresso Norte
    • Presidio/Ojinaga
border exercises
Border Exercises
  • Two terrorism-related field exercises were held in Eagle Pass/Piedras Negras (Sept 02) and Mexicali/ Calexico (Dec 02).
  • Table-top exercise held in Santa Cruz County, CA and Nogales, Sonora.
  • In 2003/2004,bio-terrorism exercises scheduled for McAllen, Laredo, and El Paso, Texas and Cochise County/Naco, Sonora.
contingency planning and emergency response training
Contingency Planning and Emergency Response Training
  • ICS/UC training held in Mexicali, Baja CA and Brownsille, TX.
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness and Response course in Mexicali, Baja CA.
  • Hazardous materials workshop for first responders for 250 participants in Eagle Pass/Piedras Negras and Del Rio/Ciudad Acuna.
  • Field Operations Guide (FOG) course in Spanish for 150 participants in Brownsville/ Matamoros and Eagle Pass/Piedras Negras.
conducting hazards assessment
Conducting Hazards Assessment
  • Hazardous Materials commodity flow studies completed in the following sister cities:
    • Calexico, CA (February 2001);
    • Eagle Pass, TX/Piedras Negras, Coahuila (March 2002);
    • San Diego, CA (June 2001); and
    • Brownsville, TX/Matamoros, Tamaulipas (April 2002).
    • Commodity flow study for El Paso, TX/Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua should be completed in 2003.
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Border Waste Tire Pile Project

  • ID Pile Locations
  • Characterize Piles
  • Recommendations
  • - Fire Prevention
  • - Response Planning
  • 4. Share Findings

Binational commitment and actions to prevent tire fires

gaining emergency response resources
Gaining emergency response resources
  • EPA assistance to sister cities in obtaining emergency response resources includes:
    • Hazmat Trailer stocked with decontamination equipment for the City of Calexico (used in recent Imperial County/Mexicali cross border exercise) and
    • Specialized hazardous material emergency response and environmental sampling van.
annual border wide activities of the u s mexico border program
Annual border-wide activities of the U.S./Mexico border program
  • Call-down notification exercises of the JCP notification procedures
  • Joint Response Team meetings
  • National Coordinators meeting as part of the requirements of the La Paz Agreement.
additional resources information
Additional Resources & Information
  • USEPA HQ Kim Jennings 202.564.7998
  • USEPA Region 6 Fendol Chiles 214.665.2283
  • USEPA Region 9 Lauren Volpini 415.972.3076

Updated information on the U.S./Mexico border program can be found on the CEPPO website at:

    • http://yosemite.epa.gov/oswer/ceppoweb.nsf/content/ip-bilateral.htm#mexicoborder