In Case of Chemical Release ...

Posted: Saturday, March 04, 2000

In case of chemical or industrial accident, emergency officials recommend people "shelter in place."

In Nikiski, if plant alarms continue for more than three minutes, listen to radio stations 920 or 750 AM. Once an emergency is confirmed, or you start to smell a strong, strange odor, initiate the shelter in place procedures outlined below.

In other peninsula communities, listen for a Community Alert Network phone call, or tune in to radio stations 920 or 750 AM and await further instructions.

Use a wet cloth to protect breathing while gathering pets and family members into the home.

Close all doors and windows.

Turn off all fans, vents, heaters and air conditioning units.

Close fireplace and wood stove dampers.

Go to an above-ground room with as few doors and windows as possible.

Take your disaster supplies kit and portable phone into the shelter room.

Use wet towels and tape to seal all windows and doors in the selected room.

Use plastic bags and tape to cover electrical outlets, windows, heat and exhaust vents.

Stay away from windows and cover them with blinds or curtains if warned of a possible explosion.

Stay in the room until a radio announcement informs you to come out.

The afternoon after an explosion at the Alaska Nitrogen Products plant, the Community Alert Network was used to update nearby residents on the incident, which occurred at 1:31 a.m. Aug. 20, 1999:

"The following message is a follow-up to the explosion which occurred this morning at the Alaska Nitrogen Products plant.

"Plant condition -- all the plants have been shut down. Utility plant is in operation to maintain electrical power and steam for the process plants.

"Current actions -- a damage assessment has been done. Clean-up operations have begun. As a result of the explosion, there were no airborne contaminants emitted to the community.

"Updates will be given on KSRM 920 AM."

-- Text of actual Community Alert Network message

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