Shelter-In-Place - Emergency Preparedness
This is a chemical emergency! Shelter-in-place!
Has your industrial complex helped to prepare the community for what to do if a chemical emergency occurs? STEP has been pro-actively involved in chemical community outreach for over 10 years. Community outreach has several components which include:
1) Managing the community outreach education program
The goal of the program is to inform the community of emergency response procedures they should take, if a chemical release occur. Outreach is comprised of industry volunteers, emergency services personnel, concerned citizens, and chemical manufacturing groups. The program is taken into elementary schools to teach the concept of shelter-in-place. The “kids program” is linked to adults in the community—who learn from the little folks. What a great way to inform the community—through the enthusiasm of our children. The shelter-in-place program uses a Wally Wise Guy turtle to bring home the message.
2) Shelter-in-place concepts
The basic concepts are presented in a fun-to-learn format, using Wally volunteers and Wally friends. The major concepts: stay off the phone, close all windows and doors, and listen to the radio for further information are reinforced through take-home games and puzzles.
3) Training for volunteers
Emergency management, key civic personnel, city/county officials must all understand the concepts of the shelter-in-place community outreach program. Trained volunteers present the program with the assistance of our management team. This puts the outreach in the hands of the folks that live in the community and have children in the schools.
4) Education and information
The key to a safe community is discussing potential hazards and then explaining what to do to remain safe. Development of shelter-in-place plans in the schools and at home, help ensure that if a chemical emergency occurs, your community is ready to shelter into action!
Locally, the shelter-in-place outreach program in Marshall and Livingston counties is sponsored by the Calvert City industrial plants and facility volunteers have been making visits to local schools for over 10 years.
2011-2012 SIP Volunteers
Volunteers for the 2011-2012 shelter in place program are from Air Products, Arkema, Ashland, Cymetech, Evonik, Lubrizol, Sekisui, Wacker and Westlake plants in Calvert City.
Have fun with our shelter-in-place word puzzle: Word Search Puzzle _Seardh-A-Word_.pdf