Lexington Kentucky Chemical Emergency Preparedness, Fayette County Chemical Emergency Preparedness, L
Many companies in and around Fayette County manufacture, use, or store chemicals. As the presence of hazardous chemicals increases, the potential for exposure to these hazards also increases.This brochure provides you with important information about what you should do in the event of a chemicals release emergency.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY...
- Remain calm and follow the instructions of public safety officials
- Tune to the Emergency Alert System
The Emergency Alert System (formerly the Emergency Broadcast System) is a voluntary effort of the broadcast industry and federal, state, and local governments. It alerts the public in the event of an impending natural or industrial disaster and also provides appropriate instructions and updates on the status of the disaster.
The designated official Emergency Alert System station in Fayette County is WVLK-AM 590. Other local radio stations monitor the Emergency Alert System and immediately re-broadcast announcements.
Outdoor warning systems located in some parks will sound sirens and broadcast messages for public safety.
In Lexington, television Cable Channel 11 will broadcast special programming during emergency situations, when possible.
IF YOU ARE INSTRUCTED TO EVACUATE:
- Take only the items you will need the most, such as:
- Medicines and personal items
- Supplies for infants and children
- Sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets
- Turn off lights, appliances, and utilities.
- Lock your doors and windows.
- Offer a ride to a neighbor, if needed.
- Continue to listen to your battery-operated radio for further instructions.
- Proceed to a public shelter.
IF YOU ARE INSTRUCTED TO SHELTER IN PLACE:
- Extinguish all fireplace fires.
- Take shelter in the innermost room after closing all doors and windows and ventilation systems (furnaces, fireplace flues, air conditioners, and fans).
- Stay indoors until public safety officials announce that you may resume outside activities or that it is necessary and safe to evacuate
WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN IN SCHOOL?Public safety officials will advise school authorities when to take protective actions. The Emergency Alert System will be used to advise the public of actions being taken to protect school children.
School authorities will take necessary steps to safely shelter children until informed by public safety officials that the danger has passed or that evacuation is necessary and safe.
Who we are...
Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) help local communities protect their health, safety, and environment from chemical hazards. The LEPC for Fayette County was created as a direct result of the United States Congress passing Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986.
Local Emergency Planning Committee Membership
The LEPC represents all geographical areas and occupational disciplines throughout the community such as;
- Local elected officials
- Emergency medical, health, and hospital personnel
- Police officers and firefighters
- Environmental management and transportation personnel
- Broadcast and print media
- Community and service oriented organizations
- Owners and operators of facilities subject to SARA Title III
WHAT WE DOThe Mission of the Fayette County LEPC is to:
- Assist in the development of plans intended to minimize emergency situations.
- Ensure appropriate response in the event of a hazardous material release.
- Provide a forum for the dissemination of information relating to chemical hazards and available protective measures.
- Identifying chemicals manufactured, stored, and/or used within the community and assessing their potential public health and environmental risks.
- Assisting in the development and updating of emergency response plans for each hazardous chemical facility.
- Providing public education about hazardous chemical risks, and responses to accidental releases in Fayette County.
- Providing training opportunities for emergency response capabilities.
WANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION?Contact the Division of Environmental and Emergency Management 258-3784 for:
- additional brochures,
- a presentation on emergency preparedness, or
- a school visit from the sheltering-in-place turtle mascot, "Wally Wise Guy."