Know What To Do In Case Of An Emergency
Make a Preparedness Plan /
Make A Basic Emergency Supply Kit
This information was prepared by the
Wood/Wirt County Local Emergency Planning Committee (WWLEPC) and the
National Institute for Chemical Studies (NICS) and is supplied as a
public service. WWCLEPC, and/or NICS assumes no liability and will not
be responsible for any injury which is the consequence of any action
(or inaction) undertaken by any person which is in any way related to
the information in the ”Know What To Do In Case of An Emergency”
Keep posted on Weather Conditions. Use
your radio and television to keep informed of current weather
conditions and forecasts in your area. Even a few hours warning of a
storm may enable you to avoid being caught in it, or at least be
better prepared to cope with it. You should also understand the terms
commonly used in weather forecasts:
Watch Means a weather condition that is favorable for the
development of a strong or severe storm.
Warning Means a severe storm is already occurring and headed
in a predetermined direction. TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY TO PROTECT
LIFE AND PROPERTY.
In the event of any tornadoes,
flooding, strong damaging winds or hail that is dime-sized or larger,
call your local Law Enforcement agency or 911.
Fire – Smoke Detectors Save Lives
Most fire deaths occur in the home.
There is one low-cost, easily obtainable device which has proven
itself in saving lives; a smoke detector. Deaths from fire in the home
have been substantially reduced in the communities where smoke
detectors are required.
Each member of your family should know
what to do if the smoke detector goes off. A little time spent
selecting escape routes and practicing what to do may save lives if a
fire occurs in your home. Agree on a place to meet outside so you can
be sure everyone gets out of the house safely.
For specific information on your
community’s disaster plans, contact your local fire department or
Emergency Services. Or
click here for the current Wood County Emergency Operations Plan.
Remember Your Pets
Your family emergency plan should
include your pets. Different emergencies require different responses.
But whether the emergency is a chemical leak or a winter storm, you
may have to evacuate your home. The best way to protect your’ pets is
to evacuate them too.
1. Plan to
take your pets to a friend’s or relative’s home or to a hotel that
accepts pets during an emergency. Pets are not permitted in Red Cross
emergency shelters because of health regulations.
pets in sturdy containers.
identification, collar, leash, and proof of vaccinations for all pets.
4. Have food
and water for your pets.
5. Have a
current photo of your pets in case they get lost.
Notification of An Emergency
If there is an emergency, your
community’s alert system will warn you. Each area has its own warning
system. If you are not sure what your community’s warning device is,
call your local fire department. Many communities have sirens that
will be sounded in a high continuous tone for a community alert as
opposed to a normal mode for fire alarms.
An industry-sponsored siren system
exists in Southern Wood and Washington Counties. The area covered is
along both sides of the Ohio River and includes: communities in West
Virginia from Sandy Creek in Washington Bottom to Larkmead, and in
Ohio from the Athens/Washington County line to Belpre. This siren will
be activated only when an accidental chemical release or similar
emergency at DuPont, GE Plastics, or Shell Chemical poses a safety or
health concern to the population within the siren system coverage.
This warning siren can be distinguished
from the sirens used by the area volunteer fire department sirens.
This siren is a single, long sound that does not go up and down in
pitch. It is tested on at noon on the first Saturday of each month.
If you should hear an alert siren,
immediately turn on a radio or television for instructions over an
Emergency Broadcast System station. Instructions will be given as soon
as information is received, and the message will be repeated at
prescribed intervals as necessary. In other areas, official cars with
loudspeaker systems will travel through affected neighborhoods
Again, if you hear a warning through
this method, turn on your radio or television for instructions.
Please stay tuned to one of the
Emergency Alert System stations as long as the emergency lasts. The
official Emergency Alert Station Is WXIL-Radio (95.1 FM). Other
participating stations include:
|WVVV (FM 96.9)
||WGGE (FM 99.1)
||WCHS (ABC affiliate, Channel 5)
|WDMX (FM 100.1)
||WRVB (FM 102.1)
||WOWK (CBS affiliate, Channel 13)
|WHBR (FM 103.1)
||WNRJ (FM 103.9)
||WSAZ (NBC affiliate, Channel 3)
|WRZZ (FM 106.1)
||WNUS (FM 107.1)
||WTAP (NBC affiliate, Channel 15)
|WJAW (AM 630)
||WLTP (AM 910)
||WVAH (Independent, Channel 11)
|WADC (AM 1050)
||WVNT (AM 1230)
|WHNK (AM 1450)
||WMOA (AM 1490)
NOAA Weather Frequencies
What to do if you are notified of an emergency
• Stay calm.
Do not use the telephone. The lines are needed for official business
and your call could delay emergency response organization action.
indoors, close all windows, doors, vents and turn off air conditioners
or heating systems.
• Turn on
your radio or television to an emergency broadcast station for
instructions. The official emergency broadcast station is WXIL-Radlo
Protect your breathing
• Cover your
nose and mouth with a handkerchief or cloth.
• Close the
windows and doors if you are in a building or car.
• Turn off
heating or cooling systems. Turn off window and attic fans.
WARNING ALERT indicates there is a problem which poses no present
danger to the community. However, there is a potential for escalation
to a more serious situation. The WARNING ALERT informs residents to
2. At the
first signal of the community alert siren or other waning alert, go
indoors, close all windows, doors and vents, and turn off air
conditioners or heating systems. A steady tone for three minutes,
repeated several times, is the alert sound.
3. TUNE your
radio to one of the participating emergency broadcast stations listed.
The following is an example of the type of announcement you will hear:
“At (time) today, local
officials reported an industrial accident involving (description of
situation). The incident occurred at (location). As a precautionary
measure, all persons near this location should stay indoors, close
all windows, doors and vents, and turn off all air
conditioning or heating systems. Stay tuned for further instructions.
The next report will be given at prescribed intervals as necessary.
This message will be repeated until conditions change.”
EAS (Emergency Alert System)
instructions will tell you the protective action(s) to be taken. The
protective action could be Shelter-in-Place, Prepare-to-Evacuate, or
Evacuate. Depending on the particular circumstances of the emergency,
any of the three protective actions, or a combination, may be
Shelter in Place
IN PLACE is a proven, effective emergency – protective action which is
used when there is insufficient time evacuate in the event of an
airborne hazardous material release. In the event of such a release,
you may be told to SHELTER IN PLACE rather than to evacuate.
2. Go inside
your home or some other building preferably in a room with no or few
inside until your radio or television says you can leave safely.
4. Turn off
heating or cooling systems, turn off window and fans, shut windows and
doors, and cover cracks with tape or wet rags.
5. If you
are told to protect your breathing, cover your nose and mouth with a
handkerchief or other cloth, wet if possible.
6. Keep your
7. Listen to
the radio or television for further advice.
following is an example of the type at announcement you might hear:
“At (time) today local
authorities reported an accident involving hazardous materials. The
accident occurred at (location and time) today. All persons in (names
of areas) should remain inside their houses or some other closed
building until their radio or television says they can leave safely.
If you are in this area, Turn off heating and cooling systems and
window or attic fans. Close all windows, door and vents and cover
cracks with tape or wet rags. Keep your pets inside. Until you can
reach a building cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief or
other cloth. Listen to the radio or television for further advice.”
9. As soon
as it can be determined that the hazardous condition has passed, local
authorities will announce the emergency is over. If the emergency
involved a hazardous material cloud, atthe “all clear” you will be
instructed to open windows and doors, ventilate the building and
Prepare to Evacuate
1. You may
be asked to PREPARE TO EVACUATE if a situation has the potential of
escalating to the point where an evacuation is required. During this
time, authorities will take actions to alleviate the emergency and
also will prepare for an orderly evacuation should it become
tuned to your radio and/or television for further instructions. They
will give you instructions on how to prepare for evacuation. If you
are in your home, you should gather any clothing and medication you
will need for a few days stay away from home. You need not leave your
home at this stage. The following is an example of the type of
announcement you will hear:
“At (time) today, local
officials reported a potentially serious condition involving
(description of situation). The incident is occurring at (location).
All persons in (names of areas) should stay indoors and prepare to
evacuate. If you are in your home, gather all necessary medications
and clothing. You do not need to evacuate at this time, but you should
locate and review your community evacuation plan. Stay tuned for
further instructions. The next report will be given at prescribed
intervals as necessary. This message will be repeated until conditions
3. Pack only what you
need most. Take clothes, medicine, baby supplies, portable radio,
flashlight, checkbook and credit cards.