Hazardous materials are substances, which, because of their chemical, physical, or biological properties, pose a potential risk to health, property or the environment.
Preparing for a hazardous materials incident:
Be aware of the methods used to warn you of a hazardous material incident. These methods include:
- Emergency alert system
- NOAA weather radio
- Announcements on radio, television, and cable television.
What to do in case of a hazardous materials incident:
- If you witness a hazardous materials release, immediately report it by calling 911.
- Do not enter the area contaminated by the hazardous material or cloud.
- Avoid any contact with the hazardous material or cloud.
- If you hear a warning signal or siren turn on your radio or television for emergency information. Follow all instructions carefully.
- If you are asked to Evacuate or Shelter in Place, do so immediately.
What to do after a hazardous materials incident:
- Do not return to the evacuated area until authorities say it is safe.
- Persons or property exposed to hazardous materials may be contaminated.
- If you have been contaminated by hazardous material, seek medical help immediately (call 911).
- Follow decontamination instructions given by authorities to clean up property or the environment.