15. Emergency Response Guidebook

The 2020 edition of the U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Response Guidebook is now available. This is the book that explains those numbers or symbols on the sides and rear of trucks, railroad cars and shipping containers. The ERG guidebooks are intended to keep first responders safe at hazardous materials incidents, but also work well as educational tools. New editions are released roughly every four years.

Copies of the ERG are supplied to fire departments, law enforcement and emergency management agencies. They may be willing to share extra copies with ARES members. You may also download ERG .pdf files in English, Spanish or French at: Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) .