Hazard Material Preparedness

We use hazardous materials in our homes and businesses every day. Small spills occasionally occur, but these incidents generally cause the public little difficulty other than traffic delays. In the event of a major spill, authorities will instruct you on the best course of action.

ALWAYS CALL 911 if you are in immediate danger and need emergency help.


Get Inside

  • Move away from the potentially hazardous substance. Get inside the nearest building to avoid radiation. Brick or concrete are best.
  • Stay upwind of the material if possible.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible if needed.
  • If there's an event indoors, try to get out of the building without passing through the contaminated area. Otherwise, it may be better to move as far away from the event as possible and shelter in place.

Stay Inside

  • Stay inside for 24 hours unless local authorities provide other instructions.
  • Keep your pets inside.
  • In some circumstances, after being exposed to hazardous materials, it may be necessary to be "decontaminated." Specially trained emergency personnel will perform decontamination procedures, which may include removing personal items and cleansing exposed areas of the body. They will provide medical attention if necessary.

How to Report Spills and Environmental Violations

American Association of Poison Control Centers utilizes a single toll-free phone number to reach a poison control center anywhere in the nation. Dial 1-800-222-1222to be automatically linked to the closest poison center.

Are you concerned about an environmental situation within your community but don't know where to go for answers? Learn more: EPA - Pesticide and Environmental Violations 

Shelter in Place