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Geographic Response Plans

Site Contact:
James Carew
Contingency Planner


Site Location:
Boston, MA 02109

Geographic Response Plans (GRP), sometimes called Geographic Response Strategies (GRS), are map based planning documents intended to be used as a tool employed by first responders. The GRPs help guide local responders effectively deploy containment and recovery equipment in the event of a spill to navigable waterways.

The GRPs developed for the Inland Zone in Region 1 (the 6 New England states) were developed collaboratively by multi-agency workgroups which consisted of representatives from federal, tribal, state, and local government agencies, non-governmental organizations, industry/contractors, and private citizens. As they are developed and approved, the Inland GRPs will become integrated into the Region 1 Inland Area Contingency Plan. GRPs include:

• Image(s) of the area for which the GRP was developed
• Graphic display of recommended strategies
• List of local emergency contacts
• Estimated accounting of equipment required to deploy and maintain the
strategy (feet of boom, number of anchors, personnel etc.)
• Identifies staging areas and sensitive natural, cultural and human use features

Strategies identified in GRPs are not mandates, but rather tools meant to assist the Incident Command (IC) or Unified Command (UC) make operational decisions and facilitate the resource ordering process. The IC/UC should use their best professional judgement to determine the appropriate response strategy based on safety, current local conditions, resource availability, and personnel training/experience.

EPA Region 1 Inland GRPs are available at the Regional Response Team 1 (RRT1) website by following this link:


Additionally, several states in Region 1 have developed GRPs, primarily for the Coastal Zones. Links to various GRP/GRS projects in the Region are listed below:

• Massachusetts Coastal Zone Geographic Response Plans:

• Maine/New Hampshire Coastal Zone Geographic Response Plans:

• Rhode Island Coastal Zone Geographic Response Plans: