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by Elizabeth Hall, Emergency Services Specialist - Kings County Office of Emergency Management

Part 8 of a 12 part emergency preparedness series
Threats & Hazards in CA - Hazardous Materials
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Foreward By Elizabeth Hall
In my efforts to bring to you preparedness information that is both informative, helpful to the area in which we live and yet interesting without being repeated and overdone to death can be difficult at times. In my search to bring you something different, I came across preparedness information just for Californians. It comes from the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) website. In the next 12 weeks, I’d like to touch on 12 topics we as Californians face. The information is basic and will have added informational links and downloadable materials for your convenience. With so much information packed in each subject, you may want to save or add to your “Favorites”.
  Preparedness Tips: Hazardous Materials

California has approximately 140,000 businesses that are regulated for storing, transporting, or handling hazardous materials. There are also four nuclear power plant sites in the state, two of which are operational and the other two are being decommissioned.

For more information on California’s plants visit: http://www.energy.ca.gov/nuclear/california.html. .
General categories of hazardous materials include chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive, oil spills and any incident that results in the release of agents into the environment.

Depending on the severity of release and type of material, a hazardous materials emergency may cause injury, death, property damage, environmental damage, or may result in orders to evacuate or shelter in place.

How can I protect myself from a hazardous materials incident?


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Managment Agency

CalEMA - Haz Mat

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Do your part for safety awareness by passing this information along to anyone you can think of who would benefit.

Have a great week, and remember…… Be Responsible - Be Ready - Be Prepared!

Teaming Up for Emergency Preparedness
Elizabeth Hall

Office of Emergency Management

280 Campus Drive Hanford, CA 93230
(559) 582-3211, Ext. 2634


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