The good things that chemicals bring into our lives have become indispensable to us. Although extremely rare, there always remains a slim chance a chemical emergency will occur in our community despite the extraordinary precautions that have been taken. With public safety in mind, the Local Emergency Planning Committees for Bossier Parish, established under Federal and State laws, are addressing the potential for a chemical release. This brochure will inform you of some precautions you can take to lessen the chance of serious injury should a chemical release occur.
In case of a hazardous materials emergency, you may be asked by local emergency services or called by Bossier OHSEP’s 24-hour telephone warning system, OHSEP FirstCall, to take one of three actions:
Be sure you are clear about each. If you have neighbors who are hard of hearing, do not see well, or need additional assistance, please help them. Be sure they know what to do in an emergency.
The goal with sheltering-in-place is to protect yourself inside your house or any other building. This is a good action to take if there is a short release or small amount of hazardous materials in the air. If your children are in school, school officials will protect them. Take these steps to protect yourself:
If told to evacuate, you should move to the place designated by public officials. Follow these steps to get ready for the trip:
Be prepared to get you and your family out of the area if directed to do so by the local authorities (police or fire departments). You should also be prepared to protect yourself wherever you are if evacuation is not possible or necessary.
Studies have shown that even poorly sealed buildings give some protection from a serious amount of gas entering the building. Those results would indicate that if you are outside, you should go in your home or nearby public building, or get in you automobile. Once inside, close off all outside ventilation, such as windows, or the air conditioner. Stay inside and wait for the cloud to pass.
If you do feel the gas entering the building and you are in danger, a wet cloth or towel over you nose and mouth will act as a filter and offer some protection.
In any event, staying inside is safer than trying to outrun a release.
If you are outside and can not possibly get inside, move crosswind (in a direction as the wind is blowing from you left to right or vice versa, but not into your face or from behind.) This offers the best advantage for getting out of the path of the release.
In either case, remain calm and wait until you receive additional instructions before taking any further actions.
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