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Chemical Spill or Cloud

The accidental spill of hazardous material can threaten peoples’ lives within the spill area since many deadly chemicals cannot be seen or smelled.

Prepare for a chemical spill or cloud

  • Prepare your survival kit and emergency food and water kit.
  • Talk to your family about what everyone should do if a chemical spill occurs.
  • Know how to turn off all sources that move air inside your home (e.g., air conditioner, dryer vents, furnace)

Stay safe during a chemical spill or cloud

If you are at home:

  • Turn on your radio or television and listen for updates and instructions.
  • Do not go outside where you may come into contact with the spill/cloud.
  • Follow these tips if you are asked to Shelter in Place.
  • If you are told to evacuate, leave your home at once.

If you are at work or in a public building:

  • Follow these tips if you are asked to Shelter in Place.
  • Listen to your battery-operated radio for updates and instructions.
  • If you are told to evacuate, leave the building at once.

If you are outside:

  • Seek shelter in a large, public building as soon as possible.
  • If you cannot get inside, move upwind of the spill or cloud.
  • Do not go near the accident area and keep others away from the area until emergency crews arrive.

If you are driving:

  • Drive upwind of the spill or cloud.
  • Do not go near the accident area.
  • Avoid driving on roads that emergency crews will use to approach the spill site.

After a chemical spill or cloud

  • Listen to local radio and television stations for updates and instructions.
  • Return to (or leave) your home only when officials tell you it is safe to do so.
  • Only use the telephone if necessary. Emergency crews may need all available lines.
  • If you or someone else is injured, seek medical help.