7.11.12 Johnstown – Chemical Spills and Emergency Response
A major chemical emergency is an accident that releases a hazardous amount of chemicals into the environment. Accidents can happen underground, on railroad tracks or highways, and at manufacturing plants. These accidents sometimes result in a fire or explosion, but many times you cannot see or smell anything unusual.
- In the event of a major chemical emergency, the local fire department and/or police department will notify us.
- Listen carefully to the radio or television and strictly follow instructions.
- You will be told:
- The type of health hazard
- The area affected
- How to protect yourself
- Evacuation routes (if necessary)
- Type and location of medical facilities
- The phone numbers to call if you need extra help
- Do not call the telephone company, and do not call 911 or the operator for information. Dial these numbers only for a possible life-threatening emergency.
- One of the basic instructions that may be given in a chemical emergency is to “shelter in place”. This is a precaution aimed at keeping everyone safe. If we are told to shelter in place, ensure that all individuals are located and are indoors.
- If it is necessary to evacuate the facility, follow the directions of the local authorities and evacuate as per our policy 7.15.12 Whole Facility Evacuation and/or 7.16.12 Emergency Preparedness.
Rebecca Sharp Porter
Chief Executive Director
Last Revised: 10/9/23