Hazardous materials are everywhere, in our homes, where we shop, at our work, and on the streets, highways, railways and waterways. They are a routine part of our lives and many have good uses. Simple cleaning chemicals can become hazardous material if not used properly or if they're mixed with other chemicals. Hazardous materials become a problem when they are released from their appropriate containers and released into the air or water, or if we come in physical contact with them.
Be prepared to evacuate, but do not take short-cuts. Follow the evacuation routes given. a short-cut may put you in the path of danger. Be sure to closed your car windows and vents while driving.
This is a method to help keep contaminated air out of your home. If you are told to "shelter-in-place" follow this procedure:
The Stockton Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team and the Stockton Police Department will respond to stop the spread of the hazardous materials and provide first aid to any victims.
Disaster preparedness is essential for everyone. Please take the time to develop a plan with your family. Visit the City of Stockton Emergency Preparedness Personal Readiness webpage or the links below for helpful personal safety planning tips.
F.E.M.A.- Federal Emergency Management Agency
Ready.Gov - Provides disaster preparedness tips
This City of Stockton webpage last reviewed on --- 3/21/2011