On March 21-24, 2016, the Emergency Response Division and the Disaster Response Center of NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration hosted the first Science of Chemical Releases (SOCR) class in Mobile, Alabama.
Students were comprised of federal, state, and local responders, as well as industry representatives. They used a train derailment scenario with multiple chemical releases to evaluate and understand the risks and hazards associated with a release of chemicals into the environment. In addition to learning about critical chemical hazard information, students received hands-on training in the use of specific NOAA chemical response and planning software tools such as CAMEO Chemicals, ALOHA, and MARPLOT. The Office of Response and Restoration will offer this course again in 2017—watch the SOCR Web page for more information or subscribe to the Office of Response and Restoration's monthly newsletter to receive updates when dates are set.