Family Protection Program: Hazardous Materials Tips and Recovery

 

Hazardous Material Incidents: The Chemical Manufacturers Association estimates that, in an average year, one of every three trains and one of every ten trucks is carrying hazardous materials.

 IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE:

  • Stay upstream, uphill, and upwind &endash; hazardous materials can be quickly transported by water and wind. Make sure the wind is not blowing into your face or back.
  • Try to get at least one-half mile from the danger area.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities.

 IF YOU ARE INSIDE:

  • Turn on your radio, television, or local cable station and be prepared to follow all instructions given by emergency authorities.
  • To reduce the possibility of toxic vapors entering your home, seal all entry routes as efficiently as possible.
    • Close all doors.
    • Seal gaps under doorways and windows with wet towels and duct tape.
    • Close all fireplace dampers.
    • Turn off all ventilation systems (furnaces, air conditioners, vents, and fans).
  • Stay inside.
  • If you are asked to evacuate, do so immediately!

AFTER A HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENT:

  • Do not return home until local authorities say it's safe.
  • Upon returning home, open windows to provide ventilation.
  • Find out from local authorities how to clean up your land and property.
  • Check food and water supplies for contamination and spoilage before using.