A chemical spill has just happened! What do I do?

Shelter-in-Place

Step 1. Move inside a building (house, apartment, or church) immediately.
Step 2. Close and lock all windows and doors.
Step 3. Turn off all ventilation systems. (Extinguish heating system and fireplace fires-then shut flue.)
Step 4. Enter and seal a room to prevent air from entering by using towels and/or tape.
Step 5. Turn on the radio for further emergency instructions.
Step 6. Stay off the phone - responders will need the phone lines OTHER:
If you believe you may have been exposed to a hazardous chemical, or feel ill or unusual, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Not all medical facilities have the trained staff or equipment to deal with chemical exposure. Dial 9-1-1 to report the symptoms and ask which medical facility nearest you to go to. (Exposure to some hazardous chemicals can cause illness and symptoms to develop hours after the actual exposure. When in doubt, seek medical attention.)

Churches, Block Watches, and other community groups can be instrumental in raising awareness of Shelter-In-Place procedures, and they can also help by working with the local emergency response agencies to prepare an evacuation plan and notification procedures.

EVACUATION

  • PAY ATTENTION TO LOUDSPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS
  • TURN YOUR RADIO OR TELEVISION ON
  • TURN OFF THE VENTILATION SYSTEM
  • DO NOT TIE UP TELEPHONES
  • DO NOT BLOCK TRAFFIC
  • GO WHERE YOU ARE INSTRUCTED TO GO

Make Your Own Emergency Phone List