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CAMEO Team Releases Two Software Updates for the Emergency Planning Community

DECEMBER 14, 2018 — This week, NOAA and the EPA jointly released updates to CAMEOfm and Tier2 Submit™, two programs that aid state and local emergency planners in preparing for and responding to chemical emergencies. 

These programs--available for free to the public--are updated on a yearly basis to provide up-to-date digital tools to help industry comply with federal regulations and help emergency planners manage their hazmat data. Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), chemical facilities with certain quantities of Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHSs) must annually submit facility information to the local authorities for emergency planning and response purposes. Tier2 Submit provides a way for facilities to complete the EPCRA Tier II form electronically, and then submit files or paper copies according to their state's requirements. Tier2 Submit files can be imported into CAMEOfm, where users can manage the facility, chemical, and contact data, in addition to data on past incidents or sensitive locations (such as hospitals and schools). These software products can interact with the other programs in the CAMEO® software suite to model chemical releases, generate custom maps, and more.

Tier2 Submit and CAMEOfm are the only free, publicly available tools to submit and manage Tier II forms. The latest versions, Tier2 Submit 2018 and CAMEOfm 3.5, were released on December 11, 2018. These versions contain updates that help maintain data integrity, provide more flexibility in attaching files to records, provide clearer messages to users during data import, offer the latest FEMA resource categories, and more. The programs adhere to the National Tier II Data Standard, released in October 2016. 

For more information, contact Brianne.Connolly@noaa.gov.

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