Types of Environmental Chemical Emergencies
Semi Truck Accidents on the Local Highways
Building Fires which contain Chemicals
► As part of your Plan, you should be aware of what possible dangers are
in your Community. Do you live near an Airport or under a flight path?
Do you live near a Railroad? Is there an Industrial Section of your town?
► Another thing to consider is the Weather.
There may be a Chemical Emergency or HazMat situation miles away,
but the Wind may carry fumes to your area.
Rain may bring contaminate particles into your yard.
► If there is a Chemical Emergency, you will be notified by the Authorities.
Listen to your local radio station or television for information.
You may have Law Enforcement drive down your street using the public address system,
or knocking at your door.
You will be told whether to Shelter In Place, or to Evacuate.
You will be told the type of Health Hazard.
You will be told any Evacuation Routes and Shelter Locations.
► DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 for information. (see Call 9-1-1)
Try not to tie up the phone lines. Listen to your radio or television.
Shelter in Place
♦ If anyone is outside, get them in quickly!
♦ Close all door and windows.
♦ Turn off fans and heating and air conditioning units.
♦ Close fireplace dampers.
♦ Take your family and your DISASTER SUPPLIES and EMERGENCY and FIRST AID KITS
to a room with the fewest possible doors and windows.
(As you put together your Plan, you will decide in which room to gather.
Do not go to the basement. Some gases are heavier than air and will settle
in the basement.)
♦ Stay away from windows.
♦ If your windows have blinds or curtains, pull them shut.
They will help protect you from flying glass and debris in case of an explosion.
♦ For further protection from polluted air, place wet towels under the door jams.
Tape plastic (garbage bags work well or plastic sheeting) around the doors and windows,
exhaust fans, outlets and heating/air conditioning vents.
♦ Stay Quiet and Stay Calm. You will not run out of air.
If you must leave the room (for supplies, activities for the children,
food and water, stretch your legs, etc.) make as few trips as possible.
If you have pets, have newspaper so they may relieve themselves inside.
Wrap up the waste and put it in a plastic bag.
DO NOT GO OUTSIDE! unless instructed to evacuate.
♦ Listen to your radio for further updates.