September is Preparedness Month
Stay connected with Shell Puget Sound Refinery
September is Preparedness Month. As we head back to school and toward the final stretch of 2020, Shell Puget Sound Refinery wants to make sure you have the information you need to contact us, are connected to Skagit County’s CodeRED emergency alert system and are ready in future emergency situations.
The health and safety of our employees, contractors, community and environment are our top priorities as we strive to proudly fuel life in the Pacific Northwest. During Preparedness Month, and every day, the Puget Sound Refinery in-house emergency response teams are ready to respond to an emergency at a moment’s notice. Each team is prepared through training conducted throughout the year which keeps their skills sharp and our equipment in top shape.
Nothing is more important than keeping our employees, contractors and our community safe. Everyone receives safety training from their first day on the job onward.
We maintain all our own in-plant fire, hazmat, medical and oil spill response teams with modern equipment and have roughly 145 employees who are trained to respond to industrial fires and other emergencies.
Regularly scheduled maintenance helps make sure equipment is in great shape in case it is needed. In this photo, crews reel out and inspect a portable boom in Guemes Channel from Curtis Wharf in June 2020.
Regularly scheduled drills allow PSR crews to learn and refresh skills they would need during an actual emergency. During this July 2020 drill off the eastern edge of Guemes Island, PSR’s oil spill response crew teamed up with Marine Spill Response Corporation to test their hypothetical response, equipment and geographic response strategies.
Since 2015, PSR has invested approximately $200 million in personal and process safety improvements across the refinery.
Our safety program includes regular training sessions and continual review of our processes to help ensure that our workers, our neighbors and the environment are safe.
National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year.
NPM 2020: "Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today."
- Week 1: Make A Plan
- Week 2: Build A Kit
- Week 3: Prepare for Disasters
- Week 4: Teach Youth About Preparedness
Learn more about each week by visiting www.Ready.gov
Consider signing up for Skagit County's emergency notification system, "CodeRed"! With CodeRed, Skagit 911 and Skagit County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) can notify you in the case of emergencies. This system is a great way to receive local, timely and critical information when it matters most. www.Skagit911.us