Any of the following natural disasters & severe weather can happen in Mercer County. The likelihood of some of them is low, but possible. Preparation is very similar for all and is very important.
A bio-terrorism attack is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants. Click here for general information.
Sheltering in place – For CHEMICAL emergencies, choose a room in your house or apartment that has the fewest windows and is as high in the building as possible. This is to avoid chemical gases that sink. Choose a room with a water supply, if possible. NOTE: This is different from emergencies like tornadoes and other severe weather and nuclear events. Be sure to bring along your emergency supply kit. You should only have to shelter for a few hours, but prepare to shelter longer. For a more complete guide and to see what should be in a chemical shelter-in-place kit, click here.
Evacuation – Follow the directions of local law enforcement or local emergency coordinators. Every situation is different, so it is important to follow directions. It is usually a good idea to bring along a small water supply. Remember any critical medications. If time, allow family that is some distance away to know where you are going (if they are nearby, they will probably be evacuating also). For a more complete guide, click here.
Personal cleaning & disposal of contaminated clothing – In a chemical emergency, you will likely come into contact with some amount of chemical contaminant(s). It is important to clean yourself and clean or dispose of clothing that was exposed. Click here to learn more.
Poison Control Center phone number – 1-800-222-1222
Radiological – Click here to visit the CDC Radiation Emergency web page.
FAQs – Click here to read frequently asked questions on radiological emergencies.
Dirty bombs – A dirty bomb is an explosive mixed with some type of radioactive material. When the bomb detonates, it spreads radioactive material to the surrounding area. Click here to learn more.
Sheltering in place – During a radiation emergency, the safest place is in a central room or a basement, as far from windows as possible. Bring your emergency supplies. Normally this is the area they will be stored in preparation. You and your family may be here awhile, so have a long term plan. Click here to learn more.
Nuclear reactor – A nuclear accident has potential for major problems. Potential problems vary in scale, so in the event of a problem with this reactor, follow the instructions of local law enforcement and/or local emergency coordinators.
When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it’s best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.
Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit: