FOLLOWING THE RELEASE OF NON-TOXIC VAPOUR from the INEOS plant at Saltend on Monday (26th Sept 2011) and concerns about the non-sounding of the toxic alarm, the Hedon Blog is republishing an article from May 2010 about the Major Emergency Advice booklet distributed that month.
Also on HU12 we ask the question: What would happen if a toxic gas alarm sounded now…?
In a stark reminder of some of the unique risks of living so close to Saltend, the MAJOR EMERGENCY ADVICE booklet explains the actions that local people should take in the event of a major incident taking place involving dangerous substances.
In short the advice from all the companies is that in the event of hearing the emergency sirens from any one of the five companies listed, at any time other than the nominated weekly test times, then residents should consider it:
…to be prudent to go indoors and listen to local radio stations for information updates”
GO IN doors. Do not collect your children from school, they will be properly cared for;
STAY IN and switch off ventilation fans, air conditioning units and all sources of ignition including gas and electrical heating appliances. Block incoming draughts and close windows. Do not light matches or naked flames. Do not smoke. Stay calm and rest;
TUNE IN to a local radio station; BBC Radio Humberside on 95.9 FM or 1485 AM, KCFM on 99.8 FM, Viking FM on 96.9 FM, MAGIC 1161 AM or GALAXY on 105.8 AM and follow the instructions given. Do not use the phone to contact the companies, keep their lines free for emergency use;
ALL CLEAR. Wait inside until the all clear is given or you are given other advice. Messages giving the all clear will be issued by the Emergency Services, Company Representatives or local radio.
So – Do you feel re-assured by this booklet? Can you hear the test alarms? Would you know what to do if an alarm sounded now?
The companies featured in the booklet are: