2024 Opal program

The OPAL Difference

OPAL doesn’t request that responders and officials meet only at our convenience – we also make it convenient for them by scheduling our meetings on a mutually agreed upon day and time.

To better serve our emergency responders and public officials, OPAL members attend industry conferences, trainings, and meetings and will meet with agencies on-site at their request. This also means that our members do not have to travel to events more than a handful of times per year, which is great news for members that prefer to travel periodically as opposed to three months every year.

We sponsor OSUFST mobile Flammable Liquids and Gas courses (with live burn exercises!) so firefighters around the state have access to pipeline safety and hazardous materials training for free.

Successfully engaging with Oklahoma emergency responders and public officials shouldn’t just happen three months out of the year, it should be ongoing and that’s why OPAL members attend events throughout the year. And, because we meet monthly, we have the flexibility to alter our outreach based on agency feedback and member needs.

2022 July Member Meeting

Member Engagement

Operator participation is the foundation of the OPAL program and as a member-driven organization, we
get to decide where to focus our efforts and how we utilize our funds.

OPAL members meet in-person with a virtual option the first Tuesday of each quarter at 10:00 a.m.

  • Meetings are open to operators, our vendors, PERI committee members, and associate members
  • Meetings are generally one hour long
  • Standing agenda items include:
    • PERI: pipeline emergency responders initiatives courses and trainings
    • OPAL sponsored events: conferences and OKIE811 safety days
    • New outreach opportunities: LEPC meetings or agencies seeking training
    • Agency grants: awarding grants to eligible agencies

compliance

Utilize the OPAL program for CFR 192.615, 192.616, 195.402, 195.403

  • Program documentation available third week of December (events can occur until December 20th)
  • Individual event documents available one week post event
  • Cumulative capabilities survey records
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Recurring Program events

There are seven emergency responder and public official annual conferences at the core of our program:

  • Oklahoma Emergency Management Conference
  • Oklahoma Fire Chief’s Association Conference
  • Inter-Tribal Management Emergency Coalition Summit
  • Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police Conference
  • Oklahoma Sheriffs & Peace Officers Association Conference
  • Oklahoma Municipal League Conference
  • Oklahoma Public Safety Conference

Additional Program Events

Sponsored Event Average # of Events Per Year
PERI: Pipeline Awareness for Emergency Responders
6
Flammable Liquids and Gas Emergencies Training
6
LEPC Meetings
6
Virtual Pipeline Safety Awareness Presentations
2
OKIE811 Safety Days
4
Agriculture Expos
2
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