To ensure business continuity, Devon is prepared to respond to weather events, operational incidents, supply disruptions and other emergencies.
Our emergency preparedness program is designed to manage various situations that could affect our employees, communities, assets, business and the environment.
Readiness across the company
Devon’s emergency response and recovery efforts are led by a corporate emergency management function that reports to Devon’s security department. We follow the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Incident Management System (NIMS), a nationwide approach to enable the whole community to work together to manage threats and hazards. To ensure timely, effective response to emergencies, we provided in-house training on the NIMS Incident Command System (ICS) to approximately 550 employees throughout Devon in 2018. In addition, the head of our emergency management team is a certified ICS instructor. We also have more than 200 floor wardens in buildings and facilities across the company who are trained to lead occupants to safety and provide medical assistance during an emergency.
We conduct at least one functional, corporate-level training exercise and one full-scale exercise in a major field location each year with community responders and simulated business interruptions. Every other year, we rotate exercises in data security and aviation incidents. Devon's Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) group conducts site drills and those mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
In 2018, our full-scale exercises in Cuero, Texas, and Artesia, New Mexico, engaged community partners from fire, law enforcement, emergency management and emergency medical services. These exercises simulated office building fires that resulted in search and rescue operations, onsite triage and treatment and simulated transportation to local hospitals. In both locations, it was the first time Devon exercised in this capacity with community responders.
We also conducted a functional exercise in our Incident Command Center that tested our Aviation Incident Management Team. This exercise of our Aviation Emergency Response Plan engaged community partners from Oklahoma County and Will Rogers Airport Emergency Management in Oklahoma City.
To enhance the benefit for our community partners who exercise with us, we follow the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program. This allows us to provide community partners with documentation that validates their participation for federal funding and medical facility accreditation requirements.
Devon advocates for strong emergency management capabilities at the federal level. The head of our emergency management team serves as the assistant chair for the Oil and Natural Gas Subsector Coordinating Council and will rotate to the chair position in 2020. This group coordinates closely with the U.S. Departments of Energy and Homeland Security to ensure that coordination for physical and cybersecurity preparedness remains at the forefront among oil and gas industry and government partners.
After every exercise and real response, we hold briefings and write reports outlining areas for improvement, best practices and strengths. We incorporate corrective actions into Devon’s EHS incident tracking system, assign accountability and track the actions to completion. If emergencies and incidents occur, our continuous improvement efforts and our training allow us to protect our workforce, our neighbors and our assets. In turn, we’re protecting our business and our reputation.