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Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Guidebook

About the ERG

The 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook provides first responders with a go-to manual to help deal with hazmat transportation accidents during the critical first 30 minutes.


DOT's goal is to place an ERG in every public emergency service vehicle nationwide. To date, nearly 14.5 million free copies have been distributed to the emergency response community through state emergency management coordinators. Members of the public may purchase a copy of the ERG through the GPO Bookstore and other commercial suppliers.

Get a Free Copy

Copies are available free of charge to emergency departments through each state's emergency coordinator. The guidebook can also be downloaded from Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG).

The Department of Homeland Security Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection (IAIP) Directorate is the central point for notifications regarding infrastructure disruptions and intrusions. Members of the emergency response community are requested to report any incidents or attacks involving their infrastructures using one of the following points of contact:

  • IAIP - Voice: 202-282-9201, Fax: 703-607-4998, E-mail:
  • Your local FBI office
  • U.S. Fire Administration - Voice: 301-447-1325, E-mail:, Fax: 301-447-1034, Mail: Room J-247, 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727