The MPH Emergency Plan is designed to be implemented in case of a crisis during an open test, or during a race weekend. It is imperative that we coordinate our response with the Teams and Promoters. The sport of racing will always involve a certain amount of risk. No matter how many precautions are taken, unfortunately accidents will happen. In addition, there are situations over which MPH has no control. These would include natural disasters, which could seriously disrupt or halt the accomplishment of an event. This plan is designed to coordinate all activities into one comprehensive effort that will minimize the loss of equipment and personnel. This plan is applicable to those personnel employed and registered by MPH.
A major accident is an incident involving activities or materials that are serious enough to warrant cessation of activities and concentration of available resources to preclude further injuries and/or damage. It differs from the minor on-track incidents and emergencies that MPH safety teams and medical facilities typically handle. The On-Scene Official in Charge (“OIC”) typically will be the Senior Safety Team member on the scene. Actions will include rescue, fire containment and suppression, evacuation of personnel, if required, and recovery of equipment. Possible major accidents include loss of life, equipment or facilities. A major accident may involve one or more of several circumstances including:
- Serious injury due to accident on the track
- Extensive property damage
- Grave risk of injury or death to MPH personnel, other participants or the public
This will include the possibilities of lightning, severe storm, tornado, flooding, etc. MPH management personnel will hold a pre-event meeting with the promoter and the promoter’s key staff to coordinate disaster activities. MPH personnel will assist local authorities/agencies during domestic emergencies in order to save lives, prevent human suffering or mitigate property damage. The Race Director together with the local civil authorities and the promoter will make the determination with regard to continuation of the event. This decision would be made under the threat of imminently serous conditions.
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