|FOR YOUR PROTECTION |
Because we CAER
The Ascension Parish Chemical Industry’s CAER Committee has installed a community siren alerting system, designed to be heard within an approximate radius of 2.5 miles of each plant, in the area in which the plants are located. The system will provide effective early warning for the community.
IF THERE IS A CHEMICAL
EMERGENCY that could pose a threat to people who are near the chemical plants, the sirens will be activated, emitting a loud pulsing signal only in areas where immediate action is necessary.
The community Siren Emergency Alerting System is tested each Monday at noon. IF YOU HEAR THE SIREN at any other time, you should stay calm, but assume that a real emergency exists.
Then follow these steps:
Step 1: Go Inside
Immediately go inside a building such as your house, school, or business. An interior room without windows is preferred. Even a vehicle can provide some protection if there is no building near you.
If your children are at school or a day care center, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PICK UP YOUR CHILDREN.
The teachers are trained to protect your children and will follow the Shelter-In-Place procedures.
|Step 2: Close All |
Doors and Windows
Make sure you close and lock all doors and windows.
Locking makes a better seal.
Place damp towels or sheets at the bottom of doors and windows to help seal them off. You may also cover windows with plastic sheeting and seal cracks around the doors and windows with duct tape.
Step 3: Turn Off Fans, Air Conditioners and Heaters
Turn off attic and ceiling fans, heaters, and air conditioners. Close all air vents and ventilations systems to prevent outside air from coming in. If you have a fireplace, check the damper and close it ONLY IF there is no fire in the fireplace.
Step 4: Turn on a Radio and Television
Turn on a radio to 1590 AM and any TV station for further information or instructions regarding the chemical emergency.
|Step 5: Stay Off the Phone |
Do not use the phone unless absolutely necessary because emergency personnel may call to give specific instructions on what to do.
DO NOT CALL 911 unless you are reporting an immediate life-threatening situation.
Step 6 Stay Inside Until Given the All Clear
You need to stay inside until the “ALL CLEAR” siren is sounded. And, stay tuned to the radio and television until the “ALL CLEAR” message is broadcast. When the “ALL CLEAR” message is given, you may resume your normal activities.
You may want to open all doors and windows, and turn on ventilation systems to air out the house, school, or business.
Now that you know what to do in case of a chemical emergency, you should review and practice these steps at your house, school or business.
Being prepared is the key to protecting yourself, your children, and co-workers.
For more information on Shelter-In-Place, the Community Siren Emergency Alerting System, the CAER Committee, and other related information, go to www.ascension-caer.org or contact one of the CAER member companies.