Hazardous Materials Incidents
Hazardous materials come in the form of explosives, flammable and combustible substances, poisons and radioactive materials. Hazards can occur during production, storage, transportation, use or disposal. You and your community are at risk if a chemical is used unsafely or released in harmful amounts into the environment where you live, work or play. The Madison County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is charged with the responsibility to ensure the community is prepared for a release of hazardous materials. Many communities have Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) whose responsibilities include collecting information about hazardous materials in the community and planning made available to the public upon request. Contact your local emergency management office for more information on LEPCs. The LEPC each year reviews the county’s hazardous materials plan and conducts training and exercises for first responders to be better prepared when these types on incidents occur. In addition to our first responders being prepared, our citizens need to be prepared as well.
Before a Hazardous Materials Incident
The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property from the effects of a hazardous materials incident:
Build an Emergency Supply Kit with the addition of plastic sheeting and duct tape
Make a Family Emergency Plan
Know how to operate your home’s ventilation system
Identify an above-ground shelter room with as few openings as possible.
During a Hazardous Materials Incident
Listen to local radio, television stations or watch official social media accounts for detailed information and follow instructions carefully. Remember that some toxic chemicals are odorless.
Preparedness Saves Lives