A Chemical Emergency can happen anywhere – in the Chemical Valley,

on the highway or railroad, or at some other location in our community.




q      You may be asked to evacuate. Listen for instructions from your local emergency response officials.

q      You may be asked to “Shelter in Place” “Shelter in Place” is the practice of going or remaining indoors during the release of an airborne hazardous material, as opposed to evacuating the area.





  • Move out of the path of smoke or fumes to seek shelter indoors. DO NOT attempt to go through smoke or fumes.
  • Seek shelter in a house or building and remain indoors. If an automobile is your only shelter than use it. Sheltering in place can reduce your exposure to that of outdoors.




 IF YOU ARE INDOORS (Sheltering-in-Place) 


  • Close all doors and windows.
  • Stay calm and assemble all people and pets at the agreed upon meeting place in your home. Avoid going to the basement in a chemical incident.
  • Do not jump in your car and attempt to evacuate unless instructed to do so by the municipal authority! In the short term, staying indoors with the house closed up is the most effective action you can take.
  • Turn your radio on to one of the local Sarnia-Lambton radio stations and monitor it.
  • CHOK 1070 AM & 103.9 FM  or  The FOX 99.9 FM   or   K106.3 FM
  • Set thermostats so air conditioners, furnaces and hot water heaters will not come on.
  • Wet several towels and place them at the base of doors leading to the outside.
  • Moisten more towels and use them over your nose and mouth to help filter some of the air you breathe.
  • Close fireplace dampers.
  • If your children are in school or daycare, do not attempt to bring them home. School children & School officials should shelter-in-place unless told to do otherwise.
  • Stay away from the emergency area. If you see or hear of a chemical accident avoid the area as you may hinder emergency rescue and recovery efforts at the same time put yourself into harms way.
  • Avoid calling 9-1-1 unless it is to report an emergency. To get information about the incident tune to your local Sarnia-Lambton radio stations.