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HAZARDOUS MATERIALS EMERGENCIES

 

HOW WILL I BE NOTIFIED OF A HAZARDOUS MATERIALS EMERGENCY?

 

 You may be notified by:

  • Announcements on local radio and television stations via the Emergency Alert System (EAS)
  • Notifications on your mobile device via the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio Alerts
  • Social Media
  • Hamilton County 911 Center Alerts http://www.hc911.org/alerts.asp
  • Emergency Response personnel conducting door to door or loudspeaker notifications in an affected area

 

EMERGENCY ALERT LINKS

 

Ready TN = app for Androids

Ready TN = app for iPhone

Emergency Email

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

 

IF YOU ARE: THEN:
Asked to evacuate

Do so immediately.

 

Stay tuned to a radio, television, or mobile device for information on evacuation routes, temporary shelters, and procedures.


Follow the routes recommended by the authorities--shortcuts may not be safe.


If you have time, minimize indoor contamination by closing all windows and doors, shutting all vents, and turning off ventilation systems.


Take pre-assembled disaster supplies:


  • Required medications and medical supplies
  • Baby supplies
  • Personal identification (driver’s license etc…)
  • Financial access (cash, checks, credit cards)
  • Needed clothing items

Remember to help your neighbors who may require special assistance--infants, elderly, and people with access or functional needs.


If able, take pets with you.


If time permits lock all doors and windows. Turn on alarms systems and exterior lights.


You may return once cleared to do so by competent authority.


Caught outside

Stay upstream, uphill, and upwind! In general, try to go at least one-half mile (usually 8-10 city blocks) from the danger area. Move away from the accident scene and help keep others away.


DO NOT walk into or touch any spilled liquids, airborne mists, or condensed solid hazardous materials deposits. Try not to inhale gases, fumes or smoke. If possible, cover airway with a cloth while leaving the area.


DO NOT attempt to help victims. You may become a victim if you are exposed to the hazard. Calling “911” first ensures properly equipped emergency workers safely assist victims in a timely manner.


In a motor vehicle Stop and seek shelter in a permanent building. If you must remain in your car, keep car windows and vents closed and shut off the air conditioner or heater.
Asked to stay indoors

Bring pets inside.


Close and lock all exterior doors and windows. Close vents, fireplace dampers, and as many interior doors as possible.


Turn off air conditioners and ventilation systems. In large buildings, set ventilation systems to 100 percent recirculation so that no outside air is drawn into the building. If this is not possible, ventilation systems should be turned off.


Go into a shelter room. This room should be above ground and have the fewest openings to the outside.


Seal gaps under doorways and windows with wet towels or plastic sheeting and duct tape.


Seal gaps around window and air conditioning units, bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans, and stove and dryer vents with duct tape and plastic sheeting, wax paper or aluminum wrap.


Use material to fill cracks and holes in the room, such as those around pipes.


If gas or vapors could have entered the building, take shallow breaths through a cloth or a towel. Avoid eating or drinking any food or water that may be contaminated.


http://www.ready.gov/hazardous-materials-incidents



Schools, day care facilities, hospitals, and assisted living facilities have hazardous materials emergency plans and will take actions to protect your loved ones. Do not attempt to remove loved ones from protected facilities until cleared to do so by competent authority.
 
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