Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Material spills, regardless in size, can impact Sumter County.

If a hazardous material spill occurs, a Shelter In Place order maybe given. When this occurs you should:

  • Always listen to the instructions of authorities including evacuation orders.
  • Bring your family and pets inside
  • Lock doors, close windows, air vents and fireplace dampers
  • Turn off fans, air conditioning and forced air heating systems
  • Take your emergency supply kit unless you have reason to believe it has been contaminated
  • Go into an interior room with few windows, if possible
  • Seal all windows, doors and air vents with 2-4 mil. thick plastic sheeting and duct tape. Consider measuring and cutting the sheeting in advance to save time
  • Cut the plastic sheeting several inches wider than the openings and label each sheet
  • Duct tape plastic at corners first and then tape down all edges
  • Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to seal gaps so that you create a barrier between yourself and any contamination