In part, modern life is made possible by the carefully controlled use
of many different types of hazardous materials. Hazardous materials are
chemicals that can become hazardous to people and the environment under
Everyday, hazardous materials are made, stored, transported and used
safely throughout the community. However, there is always the potential
for a chemical release to occur, either on the highway or at a fixed
location. So it makes good sense for the community to have an emergency
plan for chemical releases ... and it makes good sense for you to have a
family emergency plan as well.
A helpful video on how to Shelter-in-Place during emergencies is below.
How Will I Know When A Chemical Emergency Occurs?
When a chemical release occurs that has the potential to harmfully
effect part of the community, the outdoor siren system is activated. This
warning system covers Midland, Midland Township, northern sections of
Ingersoll Township, and areas near Midland in Williams and Tittabawassee
These sirens are your signal to move indoors and seek emergency
information and instructions through the following means:
local radio or television stations
Charter Cable Channel MGTV-96
1-888-TELL-MORE (Note: The sirens are tested on the first
Saturday of each month at 12:45 p.m.)
In areas of Midland County where outdoor sirens do not exist,
notification is made through local radio and television, and by
door-to-door contact from sheriff's deputies, fire department personnel
and emergency services volunteers. In some cases, public address systems
on emergency response vehicles may be utilized for notification.
Emergency broadcasts on radio and television will describe the type of
emergency and remind you of the appropriate action to take.
What Should I Do In Case of A Chemical Emergency
Shelter-in-place. Studies have shown that even poorly sealed
buildings provide protection. If you are outside, gather your family and
pets together and go indoors, or get into your automobile. Once inside,
close all windows and doors; turn off pilot lights; shut down all
ventilation equipment such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning
units; and put out fireplace fires and close dampers.
In planning for an emergency, locate and identify shut-off switches
for heating and ventilating equipment. Stay inside unless asked by local
authorities to do otherwise. Remain tuned to local radio or television
and wait for the "ALL CLEAR" announcement.
If fumes appear to be entering the building and you feel you are in
danger, a wet cloth or towel over your nose and mouth will act as a
filter and offer some protection.
If you are outside and can't possibly get indoors, move cross-wind
(so the wind is blowing on the side of your face). This offers the best
advantage for getting out of the path of the chemical release and into a
Children in school are safer staying in the school building. They
will be kept indoors until the emergency has passed. Parents will be
informed by listening to local radio.
Hospitals and nursing homes will be advised to activate their
The "ALL CLEAR" will be issued via radio and television. When the
all clear message is given, move outdoors for 15 to 20 minutes. In
addition, open all windows and doors, and start up heating and
ventilating systems to aid in removing any contaminated air that may
have entered during the emergency.
Remember, when you are alerted of a chemical emergency, the first
step is always to go indoors. If local authorities determine that an
evacuation is necessary, they will provide you with instructions via
radio and television... but until you receive those instructions stay
indoors. Do not go outside or open doors and windows until you are told
it is safe to do so.
Do not call 9-1-1 to get information. 9-1-1 lines must be kept open
for citizens to report police, fire or medical emergencies.
You can call 1-888-TELL-MORE throughout the duration of the
emergency to receive updated information.
Shelter-In-Place Video Available
Learn more about warning systems
and sheltering-in-place for chemical emergencies in the Midland area
through the 8-minute video at right, created by the Department of
This information gives you helpful tips for protecting yourself and your family in case of a
chemical emergency. This locally-produced video is also a great
safety-training tool for employees of any group.
To obtain a copy of the
video, contact Roger Garner at 989-832-6750.
To view video at right, you must
have a copy of
Windows Media Player on your computer. Click here to download a free
copy of Media Player.