Hazardous Materials Incident

Preparing for a Hazardous Materials Incident

Be aware of the methods used to warn you of a hazardous material incident. These methods include:

What You Should 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 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 the instructions carefully.
  • If you are asked to Evacuate or Shelter in Place, do so immediately.

What You Should 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 a hazardous material, seek medical help immediately (call 911).
  • Follow decontamination instructions given by authorities to clean up the property or the environment.