Emergency Response

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency preparedness includes:

More than 500,000 products can pose physical or health hazards and are defined as hazardous materials. A hazardous material incident may occur in your county.  On the average, the Division of Emergency Management is involved in hundreds of hazardous-material related incidents annually. Accidents involving chemical substances have occurred in communities across the country.

Industry must be involved with their community to help them prepare for a transportation emergency or fixed facility release.  

STEP can help coordinate your emergency preparedness requirements.   


  • Ask your local fire department about emergency warning procedures.
  • Find out precise information about where reportable quantities of extremely hazardous substances are stored and where they are used.
  • Attend  your Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meetings.
  • Find out about community plans for responding to hazardous materials accidents.
  • Be prepared to evacuate or shelter in place.
  • Have materials available to seal off your residence/building from airborne contamination.


  • If you are a witness, call 911 or your local fire department.
  • If you hear a warning signal, listen to local radio or television stations for further information. Follow all instructions.
  • Stay away from the incident site to minimize the risk of contamination.
  • If caught outside - stay upstream, uphill or upwind.
  • If you are in a car - close windows and shut off ventilation. Evacuate if told to do so.
  • If local officials say there is time, close all windows, shut vents, and turn off attic fans and other ventilation systems to minimize contamination.
  • To reduce the possibility of toxic vapors entering your home, seal all entry routes as efficiently as possible.
  • If an explosion is imminent, close drapes, curtains and shades.

What to do

Fact Sheet on SIP.pdf



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