Hazardous Materials Incident


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.