To residents and business owners: Take inventory of hazardous chemicals so they don’t spill during a flood event.
A message from Oregon State Fire Marshal and Department of Environmental Quality
Several severe storm fronts are predicted to pass through Oregon in the week ahead. These fronts are expected to create flooding and/or freezing conditions, some with accompanying high winds. Before the onset of these storms, the State of Oregon urges businesses and citizens to secure containers of chemicals and hazardous materials, other loose items, and any waste materials that could become storm-driven debris.
The release of toxic materials and hazardous wastes into the environment makes flood and storm recovery more difficult, in addition to adversely impacting the environment and public health. Workers and crews responding to the storms, residents, and wildlife can come into contact with these materials. Even a small amount released into the environment can cause widespread damage and harm.
Containers of chemicals and other products should be securely sealed and, where possible, stored in areas unlikely to be affected by high winds or flooding. Move items to higher ground if possible and use shelving that will likely remain above the flood line. Loose items (firewood, lawn chairs, garbage cans, etc.) should be secured to prevent property loss and minimize adding to flood debris.
For more information visit DEQ’s website at www.oregon.gov/DEQ or OSFM’s website at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/index.shtml