Hazardous Materials Come in Three Forms
During a Hazardous Materials Emergency
- If possible, leave the affected area immediately in the direction upwind from the source.
- If leaving safely is not possible, get indoors immediately and shelter-in-place. Do not leave the safety of shelter to assist others outdoors.
- Follow the instructions given by University officials.
If Instructed to Evacuate
- Do so immediately
- If available, monitor local broadcast media for emergency information on:
- Evacuation routes
- Temporary shelters
- Procedures to follow
- Follow the routes given by the University, and other authorities - shortcuts and other routes may not be safe
- Carpool with others to minimize traffic congestion
- Assist those in need (children, elderly, disabled, persons without transportation)
- Stay upwind, upstream, and uphill
- Try to go at least one-half mile from the source
- Avoid contact with spilled liquids, airborne mists, or condensed solid chemical deposits
- Avoid inhaling gases, fumes, and smoke covering the nose and mouth with cloth if possible
- Avoid contact with exposed individuals until the hazardous material has been identified and interpersonal contact is determined safe.
If in a Motor Vehicle
- Stop and seek shelter indoors
- If leaving the vehicle safely is not possible, close the windows and vents and keep the air conditioning and heater fan off.
If Indoors, Shelter-In-Place
- Close and lock all exterior doors and windows
- Turn off air conditioners and ventilation systems
- Seal off air conditioners
- Seal the gap between the doors and the door frames with plastic sheeting and duct tape or a wet towel
- Seal the gap between the windows and window frames similarly
- If gas or vapors enter the building, take shallow breaths through a towel or cloth
- Avoid eating or drinking potentially contaminated substances
- When the emergency conditions have ended, ventilate the shelter with fresh air
If Exposed to Hazardous Chemicals
- Follow decontamination instructions from local authorities
- Authorities may advise to shower thoroughly or to avoid contact with water and follow another procedure
- If experiencing symptoms of exposure, seek immediate medical attention
- Place contaminated clothing and shoes in tightly sealed containers avoiding contact with other items
- Advise others with whom personal contact was made of the exposure so that they can also take precautions or seek medical treatment