It is highly unlikely that this area would be prime target for such an event. However, here are some things you should know or consider:
- Stay Calm.
- Realize that the public health and medical communities have already initiated a state of enhanced alert to quickly identify and confirm unusual outbreaks of illness or disease.
- Report any unusual medical symptoms to your physician.
- Remain patient - the plan is to investigate, not speculate. The nature of the problem will dictate response.
- Remain confident - the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a stockpile of pharmaceuticals and can respond within 12 hours anywhere in the country.
Shelter in Place
One of the basic instructions you may be given in a chemical incident is to shelter in place. This is a precaution to keep you and your family safe while remaining indoors. If this should occur, you should be prepared to do the following:
- Close all windows in your home.
- Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems.
- Close the fireplace damper.
- Go to an above ground room (not the basement) with the fewest windows and doors.
- Take your family emergency kit with you.
- Wet some towels and jam them in the crack under the doors.
- Apply duct tape around doors and windows, exhaust fans or vents. Use plastic bags to cover windows, outlets and heat registers.
- Plastic bags can also be used for sanitation.
- Stay in the selected room and listen to the radio until you are instructed that all is safe.
- Do not use the telephone to call officials or 9-1-1 centers unless you have a emergency.