The following sections provide information on what to do during an emergency. Being prepared may make all the difference when seconds count.
Biological agents are bacteria and toxins that can cause disease in people. Depending on the biological event, you may need to be immunized, evacuated or "sheltered-in-place." Listen to the radio and wait for authorities to provide further instructions.
If you become aware of a suspicious substance, follow these steps:
If you are exposed to a biological agent:
In most cases, you will receive notice of a bomb threat from the Emergency Operating Center or Incident Commander, however, you could receive a phone call or piece of mail containing a threat. Take all bomb threats seriously and respond immediately.
Notification from the Emergency Operating Center/ Incident Commander
Chemical spills may result from tank truck or railroad car accidents. In rare cases they may originate inside the building. If you discover a chemical spill, call 911 and inform the Emergency Operating Center Director/Incident Commander.
A chemical attack is the deliberate release of a toxic gas, liquid or solid into the environment.
Signs of chemical attack
If you see signs of a chemical attack, follow these steps.
Using a facemask for protection during a chemical attack
A facemask or barrier can help protect from air contaminants. Here are a few ideas for creating a facemask or barrier.
If you are exposed to a chemical agent, you will be given orders by the local authorities to evacuate or shelter-in-place.
If exposed, here are the steps for decontamination:
Earthquakes occur without warning. The initial tremor is usually the most severe, however aftershocks may also be severe.
DROP - COVER - HOLD
In a vehicle