Immediately contact the closest police, fire and ambulance services.
Keep track of any symptoms you may have (e.g. breathing, heart rate, dizziness, perspiration, skin tone, etc). Exposure to a chemical substance may require quarantine and the attention of medical authorities.
If you are in your vehicle:
Keep vehicle vents and windows closed.
Do not use vehicle heating or air conditioning.
In all situations:
Monitor radio, television or online for information from authorities. They will tell you whether you need to shelter in place or evacuate.
If you are told to shelter-in-place:
Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.
Turn off all fans, heating and A/C systems to avoid drawing in outside air.
Take your emergency kit, plan, medications, wallet, identification, and cell phone.
Shut off water, electricity and gas if instructed to do so.
Notify your out-of-town contact and leave a note inside indicating when you left and where you are going (if time permits).
Try to take your pets with you (plan an alternate shelter for pets in advance). If you cannot do so, leave a highly-visible sign in the window, a lot of water in a tip-proof container and dry food in timed feeders. Do not tie or cage your pet, as being able to move about will increase its chance of survival.
Lock your home.
Use specified routes and pay attention to information on road closures. Do not take shortcuts. Stay off any identified "disaster response routes" which are for emergency responders only.
Do not cross a flooded area by foot or in a vehicle. If your vehicle stalls in fast-rising waters, abandon it.
Register with a local reception centre in person or by phone.
Do not return home until authorities advise it is safe.
This mobile website provides basic information to help face a variety of emergency situations.
Information on this website is believed to be accurate, but is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind.
Every emergency is different, and the best course of action may differ from one situation to another.
Always follow instructions from local authorities and be prepared to adapt your response as the situation develops.
Visit the full Get Prepared website for more information on emergency preparedness and terms and conditions.