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Updated Versions of CAMEOfm and Tier2 Submit Released

DEC. 1, 2017 — Every year, NOAA and the EPA jointly release updated versions of CAMEOfm and Tier2 Submit™, two programs to aid state and local emergency planners in preparing for and responding to chemical emergencies.

This past week, NOAA and the EPA released the latest versions of these software products, available to the public for free.

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 2017 and CAMEOfm 3.4, were released on November 28. These versions contain new physical and health hazard categories, updated resource types with the latest categories from FEMA, new 2017 North American Industry Classification (NAICS) codes, and more. The programs also adhere to the National Tier II Data Standard, released in October 2016.

For more information, contact Mark.W.Miller@noaa.gov or Brianne.Connolly@noaa.gov.

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