Hazardous Materials are substances which, because of their properties, pose a potential risk to health, property or the environment.
Preparing for a Hazardous Materials Incident
Learn about the Emergency Warning Systems which may be used to warn you of a hazardous materials incident.
Understand the what to do if Evacuation or Shelter-In-Place is ordered.
What to do in the Event of a Hazardous Materials Incident
If you witness a hazardous materials release report it immediately by calling 911.
DO NOT enter the area contaminated by the hazardous material.
If you receive a warning of a hazardous materials incident stay tuned to local radio or television for emergency information. Follow all instructions carefully. If you are asked to evacuate or shelter-in-place do so immediately.
What to do after a hazardous materials incident
DO NOT return to any evacuated area or leave your shelter until authorities say it is safe to do so.
Persons exposed to the hazardous material may be contaminated. If you have been contaminated by the hazardous material seek medical help immediately by calling 911.
Property exposed to the hazardous material may be contaminated. Follow decontamination instructions given by local authorities to clean up the property or the environment.
Hazardous Materials Reporting and Enforcement
Companies that manufacture, use, transport, or store hazardous materials in Boone County are required by law to report the quantity and location of these materials to Boone County Emergency Management, and have contingency plans in place in case of unexpected release. Boone County Code of Ordinances Chapter 95 addresses hazardous material enforcement in Boone County and designates the Emergency Management office as the primary enforcement agency.
Hazardous Materials Emergency Response
Response to hazardous materials incidents is coordinated by Boone County Emergency Management and local fire departments based on standard operating guidelines and emergency plans developed by Emergency Management and other local and regional emergency response agencies. Boone County participates in and utilizes the services of the Northern Kentucky Regional WMD/Hazardous Materials Response Unit. For Boone County hazardous materials regulations, requirements, and penalties see Boone County Code of Ordinances Chapter 95.
For emergency evacuation and shelter in place instructions click [here].