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Disaster Response Center Hosts Science of Chemical Releases Class for Spill Responders

MARCH 18, 2024 — OR&R’s Science of Chemical Releases (SOCR) classes are back at the NOAA Disaster Response Center (DRC) in Mobile, Alabama. After being held virtually for several years after the COVID-19 pandemic, SOCR classes returned to in-person in 2023 with a class at USCG Sector Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida. The OR&R training team, comprised of Brita Berry, Adam Davis, Charlie Henry, Dalina Thrift-Viveros, Savannah Turner, Bob Bradley, and Al Valeriotti, facilitated the most recent SOCR in-person class from March 12-15, 2024.

A view of a presenter and students studying case studies on screen during the March 2024 Science of Chemical Releases Class in Mobile, AL.
Students studying case studies during the March 2024 Science of Chemical Releases Class in Mobile, AL.

SOCR is a four-day intensive training designed to help spill responders and planners increase their understanding of chemical spill science when preparing for and analyzing chemical spills, and making risk-based decisions to protect public health, safety, and the environment.

Throughout the course students were able to observe demonstrations and use tools supported by OR&R such as the Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO®) Software Suite. This includes programs like CAMEO Chemicals, ALOHA®, and MARPLOT® as well as the Chemical Aquatic Fate and Effects (CAFE) database. Instructors from both OR&R’s Emergency Response Division and Disaster Preparedness Program used real-world experiences from previous incidents to increase students' understanding of chemical spill science. The Gulf Strike Team hosted a field trip to their hangar in Mobile to give the students a closer look into the world of response to oil and hazardous substance pollution incidents. The 20 students who attended the class were a mix of federal, state, and local responders from across the country. 

A second in-person SOCR class will be held in Seattle this year. This course will take place from May 6-10, 2024. Learn more about OR&R’s training available in 2024 on our website

Last updated Friday, March 22, 2024 10:58am PDT