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Chemical / Hazardous Material Emergency

If you are involved with or observe a hazardous material (biological, chemical, radiological, fuel or oil) spill, incident or release for which assistance is needed:
  • Immediately call 911 or SUNOPD at (504) 286-3355.
  • Be prepared to provide the following information:
    • Building name and street address
    • Location of the incident
    • Type of material/chemical involved
    • Estimated quantity of material/chemical involved
    • If anyone is injured or exposed
    • Your name, phone number, and location
  • Follow instructions provided by emergency responders.
  • Turn off all ignitions and heat sources.
  • Try not to inhale gases, fumes, or smoke
  • Cover mouth with a clean cloth while leaving the area
  • If you come in contact with spilled material, immediately remove clothing and flush area with large amounts of water for at least 15 minutes. Use a safety shower if possible.
Do not attempt to clean up a spill or release unless you are trained to do so and have the proper equipment.


If you are notified of a hazardous materials release:

If an evacuation is ordered:
  • Leave the area immediately and move approximately 1/2 mile away (8 to 10 blocks).
  • Keep others away from the affected areas and help any special needs individuals.
  • Stay upstream, uphill, and upwind of the incident location.
If a "shelter in place" is ordered:
  • Close all outside windows and doors.
  • Turn off the heating/cooling system (HVAC), if possible.
  • If possible, fill gaps under doors and/or windows with wet towels.