We also maintain detailed business continuity plans to protect our workforce and continue critical business functions during sustained efforts, including a public health event such as a pandemic or a natural disaster.
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 Corporate 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; and
- A network of response contractors and consultants that regularly interface with local and regional team members.
We began monitoring COVID-19 in early 2020, and activated our business continuity plans in the early phases of the pandemic to ensure that all critical aspects of our business functions, as well as the health and safety of our employees were being considered. Our goal was to meet the current and foreseeable needs of the enterprise while operating in an uncertain environment.
We were well prepared to address the business impacts of the pandemic due to our robust emergency response and business continuity plans, as well as regularly conducted drills and training on these plans. We adhered to Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and local guidelines as minimum expectations, consulted with our medical experts and adjusted our plans as information evolved. Our corporate emergency response team (CERT) and business continuity teams monitored and responded to the ever-changing situations.
Our response included:
- Adjusting operations to protect our employees and contractors,
- Shifting to a work from home model for many of our office personnel,
- Employee and contractor health screenings,
- Monitoring, allocating and overseeing critical resources such as masks, sanitizers and other cleansing agents,
- Developing COVID-19 specific health and safety procedures,
- Maintaining frequent communications with employees and our partners,
- Restricting business travel to minimize risk of exposure, and
- Benchmarking industry and other company practices.
Since the initial response, we’ve gradually implemented a voluntary return-to-office plan, with added health and safety procedures designed to minimize the transmission of COVID-19. We initiated training, safety protocols and procedures, contact tracing and attestations to verify compliance and effectiveness for anyone going onsite to a Marathon Oil location. These measures are enabling us to protect our employees and contractors while maintaining operations.
Contributing to Community First Responders
To ensure our communities are prepared for emergencies, Marathon Oil supports local volunteer fire departments, emergency medical services (EMS) and law enforcement agencies. In 2019, we made a donation to Karnes County in the South Texas Eagle Ford to support the building of a county-wide, multi-agency training facility. Firefighters from the county’s five volunteer fire departments, as well as all local EMS, will receive an elite training experience at home in Karnes County.
The facility will include a three-story training tower with an attached burn room; a non-burn room for search and rescue; training props to prepare for car fires, dumpster fires and vehicle extractions; and a unique oilfield training section, designed with the help of local oil companies. By saving on costs associated with travel to other facilities, the county can provide more frequent training. The new facility also keeps firefighters close to their districts, where they’re able to respond in a timely manner if an emergency arises.
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