What to do in the event of a HazMat release.
If requested to evacuate:
- Do so immediately
- Stay tuned to a radio or television for information on evacuation routes, temporary shelters, and procedures.
- Follow the routes recommended by the authorities-shortcuts may not be safe.
- Take pre-assembled disaster supplies.
- Remember to help your neighbors who may require special assistance-infants, elderly people, and people with disabilities.
If requested to stay indoors:
- Bring pets inside.
- Close and lock all exterior doors and windows. Close vents, fireplace dampers, and as many interior doors as possible.
- Turn off air conditioners and ventilation systems.
- Go into the pre-selected shelter room. This room should be above ground and have the fewest openings to the outside.
- Seal gaps under doorways and windows with wet towels or plastic sheeting and duct tape.
- Seal gaps around window and air conditioning units, bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans, and stove and dryer vents with duct tape and plastic sheeting, wax paper or aluminum wrap.
- Use material to fill cracks and holes in the room, such as those around pipes.
- If gas or vapors could have entered the building, take shallow breaths through a cloth or a towel. Avoid eating and drinking any food or water that may be contaminated.
Additional Information from FEMA on HazMat Release