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Emergency Preparedness

Trained and Ready to Respond
Marathon Oil maintains plans to protect communities in the event of natural disasters, security incidents, operational disruptions and other events.

We maintain detailed business continuity plans to protect our workforce and continue critical business functions during sustained events, including a public health event such as a pandemic or a natural disaster. These plans and continuity efforts helped to ensure we were prepared when COVID-19 struck in 2020.

We have comprehensive capabilities to protect personnel, facilities, neighbors and the environment in the event of an emergency. The Emergency Preparedness and Community Awareness element of our Responsible Operations Management System (ROMS) provides tailored response plans to local operating conditions.

Marathon Oil’s capabilities include:

  • Response teams at the local, regional and corporate levels, including the Centralized Emergency Response Team (CERT) and executive-level crisis management team.
  • Annual training, drills and exercises for all levels of response teams, along with government agencies and key stakeholders.
  • A network of responders and consultants that regularly interface with local and regional team members.

Our emergency preparedness strategies include Emergency Action Plans designed for office use including security threats; Emergency Response Plans designed for spills, fires and water releases; and a 24-hour call center connected from Houston to all of our business offices and emergency response teams. Our Corporate Emergency Response Process, a part of ROMS, is consistent with standard industry incident response protocols and is reviewed and updated on a prescribed frequency.

We were well prepared to address the workforce, safety, community and business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic due to our robust emergency response and business continuity plans, as well as regularly conducted drills and training on these plans. Our CERT team led these efforts and created a COVID-19 Response team. We adhered to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local guidelines as minimum expectations, consulted with our medical experts and adjusted our plans as information evolved. For more details, please refer to our Pandemic Highlight.

Niell Irvin
Corporate Security & Emergency Preparedness Manager

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