Preparation and Planning for Chemical Emergencies
NOTE: the following is a list of preparation and planning resources related specifically to chemical emergencies. For other resources, please see the Emergency Preparedness and Response: Preparation and Planning page.
Facts About Sheltering in Place
How to find temporary shelter in a chemical emergency
Facts About Evacuation
Knowing when & how to evacuate an area in a chemical emergency
- Facts About Personal Cleaning & Disposal of Contaminated Clothing
What to do if you come in physical contact with dangerous chemicals
Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, & Tribal Public Health Directors
All-hazards reference tool for health professionals who are responsible for initiating the public health response during the first 24 hours (i.e., the acute phase) of an emergency or disaster.
Guidance on Initial Responses to a Suspicious Letter/Container With a Potential Biological Threat (241 KB/6 pages)
Guidelines for local responders, based on existing procedures, on the initial response to letters, packages, or containers containing suspicious powders, liquids, or other materials. Developed by HHS/CDC, FBI, & DHS.
Guidance for Protecting Building Environments from Airborne Chemical, Biological, or Radiological Attacks
May 2002. From the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, CDC
PDF (841 KB/30 pages)
Public Health Response to Biological & Chemical Terrorism: Interim Planning Guidance for State Public Health Officials (1.12 MB/106 pages)
MMWR: Biological & Chemical Terrorism: Strategic Plan for Preparedness & Response
Recommendations of the CDC Strategic Planning Workgroup.
MMWR Recommendations & Reports 2000 Apr 21;49(RR-4);1-14.
PDF (204 KB/26 pages)