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Chemical Preparedness

Chemical Hazards

Chemical threat concerns are from the intentional or accidental release of a toxic gas, liquid or solid that can poison people and the environment. In certain situations, systems are in place to provide warnings to high-risk areas, however situations may arise when a chemical disaster takes place without warning. These are some of the signs for a possible chemical threat:

The Environmental Protection Agency has more information on chemicals and hazardous substances.


In the event of any chemical disaster, it's important that you plan ahead. Stay current on possible threats in your community. And always keep emergency numbers on hand for medical emergencies related to chemical exposure. To learn more visit the EPA,

In certain situations, you may be required to shelter-in-place. If so, you should have a "Safe Area" designated in your home or business and it should be stocked with the following items:


Always be prepared to take action in the case of chemical exposure, following these important guidelines.


If you see signs of chemical attack or chemical exposure, react promptly following these general rules.


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