School Pipeline Safety Toolkit
5.0 Advance Preparedness
Pipeline Safety Plan Checklist
Pipeline emergencies are different than gas leaks and require preplanning that is tailored to the specific location of your school and nearby pipeline(s).
This "Pipeline Safety Plan Checklist" can be used to ensure that your school's pipeline emergency plan includes important facts and information required to ensure that you are prepared to quickly respond to protect students, staff and facilities. Safety plan resources are also provided at the bottom of the checklist to guide you to information sources.
Finding Pipelines Near Your School
Recognizing the presence of nearby pipeline markers and obtaining critical contact information from them is one step towards preplanning. In addition to an emergency number, pipeline markers will list the product that is being transported in the pipeline.
Leak, Hazard and Emergency Response
Once you have determined what pipeline products are being transported in the pipeline(s) near your school, you can reference this “Leak Recognition and Response Guidance” summary to efficiently see the following:
- Indications of a Leak
- Hazards of a Release
- Emergency Response
Remember, each pipeline product has its own characteristics (smell, sight, sound), hazards, and proper response. It is recommended that you print and highlight the product(s) that are transported near your school and include this information in your pipeline emergency information and plan.
The sample “Hazard Specific Annex for a Pipeline Emergency” describes the courses of action unique to a pipeline emergency. This detailed operation plan gives simple and concise guidance to both district and campus emergency response leaders on implementation of protective measures for a pipeline emergency. Note that this annex is a SAMPLE. All emergency planning documents should meet the specific hazards and needs of your school district. This example is only intended to demonstrate the language, structure, and content of a hazard annex for reference purposes and as a job aid. With the pipeline infrastructure continually growing and changing in Texas, it is recommended that this hazard is re-evaluated annually to ensure up-to-date information and assessment of risk. Check with the TxSSC Readiness Division for updated Annex formatting and information.