Following is a list of freeware that provides tools and information for emergency response planning. To learn more about a particular item, click on the item name. To download a software product or visit an interactive web site, click on "download" or "view," respectively. But first, please read our disclaimer and permissions page if you haven't already done so.

Anthrax eTool
By US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. An illustrated, interactive web-based training tool on anthrax, an acute infectious disease caused by a spore-forming bacterium called Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax has received heightened attention recently because of its use as a biological warfare agent.
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CAMEO
By US Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. CAMEO (Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations) is a software suite of applications that includes: CAMEO, ALOHA, and MARPLOT. It supports government and industry chemical emergency management with chemical safety and emergency response data, digitized mapping, and air dispersion modeling.
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CAMEO Chemicals
By US Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. An online, easy-to-use version of the most popular components of the CAMEO program: the chemical database and the reactivity prediction tool. It contains response recommendations for over 6,000 chemicals. The database also contains over 100,000 chemical synonyms and identification numbers, which aid emergency responders in identifying unknown substances during an incident.
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ChemAlert App
By Risk Management Technologies (RMT). ChemAlert for iPhone and iPad now brings ChemAlert to the world of mobiles. Key chemical safety management information including Hazards and GHS Classifications, Risk and Safety Phrases, First Aid information and recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is now be available at your fingertips. 100 products available in free version.
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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.
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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.
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Evacuation Plans and Procedures eTool
By US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Help you create an emergency action plan (EAP), a written document required by particular US OSHA standards. The purpose of an EAP is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies.
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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.
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Hazmat for Healthcare Training Modules
By enMagine, Inc. These PowerPoint presentations are broken into four modules: Awareness, Operations Foundation, Personal Protective Equipment, Decontamination/Spill Response. The Awareness module is designed for hospital personnel who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release. The Operations Foundation module discusses terminology, relevant standard operating procedures, and termination of an event procedures. The Personal Protective Equipment module describes how to select, don, and doff the proper personal protective equipment and the hazards and limitations of personal protective equipment. The Decontamination objectives are to explain decontamination procedures for victims, personnel, and equipment and relevant Standard Operating Procedures. Registration required.
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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.
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Life-Cycle Cost Analysis Tool for Chem/Bio Protection of Buildings
By National Institute of Standards and Technology. The life-cycle cost analysis tool helps users make consistent comparisons of Chem/Bio protection strategies based on established economic evaluation practices. The wide range of Chem/Bio protection strategies, the permanence of investment-based solutions, and the expense of their installation, operation, and maintenance necessitate an evaluation tool that allows one to systematically and consistently evaluate competing alternatives.
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MediaLab OSHA Fire Safety
By MediaLab, Inc.. This basic course describes the three common classes of fire; tells how to guard against fires in the workplace; and describes the correct procedure for handling a fire emergency.
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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.
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OSHA Fire Safety Advisor
By US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Addresses OSHA's general industry standards for fire safety and emergency evacuation (Subpart E, 29CFR 1910.36, 37, and 38), and for firefighting, fire suppression, and fire detection systems and equipment (Subpart L, 29CFR1910.156 through 165). It asks you about a building and business policies and practices to prepare the guidance you need.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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SUMA
By Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO). SUMA (relief SUpply MAnagement system) is a tool for the management of humanitarian relief supplies, from the time pledges are made by donors, to their entry into the disaster area and their storage and distribution.
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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.
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TOXMAP
By US National Library of Medicine. An interactive Web site that shows on maps the amount and location of certain toxic chemicals released into the environment in the United States. TOXMAP focuses on the geographic distribution of chemical releases, their relative amounts, and their trends over time. TOXMAP also links to NLM's extensive collection of toxicology and environmental health references, as well as to a rich resource of data on hazardous chemical substances in its TOXNET databases. There are also fact sheets and summaries about the various chemicals, written by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
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Vulnerable Zone Indicator System (VZIS)
By US Environmental Protection Agency. Use this site to access the Vulnerable Zone Indicator System (VZIS), and quickly find out if an address in your community could be affected by a chemical accident. Results will be emailed.
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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.
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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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COMMERCIAL SOFTWARE

3E Spill, Poison & Exposure Hotlines
By 3E Company. Provides immediate, 24-7-365, toll free access to 3E's HazMat Mission Control Center for chemical spill assistance and access to physicians, toxicologists and Poison Control specialists for medical concerns. Backed by round-the-clock access to MSDSs, 3E Company provides a single source for EH&S information, emergency response oversight, and compliance reporting associated with chemical spill management and incidents related to chemical exposure, inhalation or ingestion.
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