Information for Emergency Officials
Take whatever steps necessary to protect the public during a pipeline emergency. The following suggestions are offered only as a guide.
1. Secure the area around the leak. This could include:
- Evacuating people from homes, businesses, schools and other locations.
- Erecting a barricade to prevent access to the emergency site.
2. Take steps to prevent ignition of a pipeline leak. This could include:
- Rerouting traffic and turning off electricity and residential gas supply by qualified individuals.
- Preventing ignition sources from entering the emergency site.
3. Contact Alagasco as soon as possible.
- Alagasco will dispatch personnel to help and aid the response to the emergency.
- Alagasco’s personnel will take the necessary actions, such as opening or closing valves and similar steps to minimize the impact of the situation.
- Do not attempt to operate any valves; this action could escalate the emergency.
High Consequence Areas
In accordance with federal regulations, some areas near pipelines have been designated as High Consequence Areas. For these areas, supplemental hazard assessment and prevention programs known as Integrity Management Programs have been developed. If a pipeline operator has High Consequence Areas, information about these plans is available by contacting the operator’s corporate offices.