The same chemicals that are used to create useful things like window cleaner and exciting things like new flat-screen televisions can, under certain conditions, have a harmful effect on your health. They may even be used as a weapon (see “Terrorism” on page Think.28). So it’s up to you to be prepared in the event of a leak, spill, explosion or other potential chemical emergency.
Preparing for a Chemical Emergency:
- Make sure your Emergency Supply Kit is ready (see page Prepare.4).
- Identify an internal room where you can shelter-in-place and protect yourself from contaminated air (see page Act.8).
Want to know more?
You can contact your local Emergency Management office for information about hazardous materials in your area. They can tell you ways the public will be notified and actions the public must take in the event of a chemical release in your community.