1. Read Noll Chapters 9 to 11
2. Read Stilp, R. and Bevelacqua, A.; Emergency Medical Response to Hazardous Material Incidents, Chapter 5, 12, App A
3. Read Henry, T.; Decontamination for Hazardous Materials Emergencies
4. Consider browsing Medical Management of Radiological Casualties, from the Resources/Library
5. Work the PowerPoint problems as INDIVIDUALS, and COMMENT/DISCUSS each others submission.
6. Extend last week’s data in your portfolio: Identify your community’s local (municipality), regional (county), state/province Emergency Management Agency and locate the EOC contact for each division. Submit address, phone, website, email (as part of your portfolio) Identify the Chief Emergency Manager, the designated Hazardous Materials agency and lead officer and lead technical specialist for each level.
7. Research and review the “Whole Community” Planning principles. Extend your research into week 6 describing the purpose and goal of this planning method. List 3 considerations that you would now include in your preparation for response (think globally as an expanding event).
View this week’s powerpoint case study, (weekly topics) and provide your answers to all the questions. You may do this individually, or as a group, as long as we can identify your active participation. REMEMBER to discuss each other’s contribution.
2. INDIVIDUALLY, identify your local and/or regional HazMat resource facilities or “key personnel” (toxicologist, poison control center, industrial/transportation mitigation expert teams, etc). Provide the contact, agency, address and phone contact as a resource list. Which ICS form would this best be placed on?
3. Prepare your “Master” Incident Action Plan “Template” for your portfolio, specifically (including) related to all government and private resources, including specialized medical care facilities, that you would use for an event in your jurisdiction.
4. Locate, identify, and provide your cohort with two “unique” (not class materials cited) on-line or off-line resources for the identification of hazardous materials or the protection/mitigation/emergency care of same. (In other words, resources that would be useful to you if you were in the role of the HazMat IC or Tech Specialist).
5. Research and review the CDC’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). List the purpose and goal of the SNS for local response and governmental response organizations.
last week data
According to, (Wagner, 2018), hazards are substances which can cause harm to individuals. Hazards can either be natural, environmental or industrious. My workplace is located near the Southwest Houston 6868 freeway. The region has over 40 wastewater plants which affect humans within a 5mile radius due to the chemicals emitted during the water treatment process.
List of Hazardous material in the Southwest Houston wastewater plant region.
Hydrogen Sulphide, Chlorine gas, carbon dioxide, Ozone, and Sodium hypochlorite.
(O’Neil et al., 2004), in his article clearly states that among the chemicals listed above, the most likely hazard material is Chlorine gas. The hazard that is Toxic to humans is Hydrogen Sulphide. The hazards requiring a unique response are sodium hypochlorite and hydrogen sulfide. The most Persistent to the environment is Carbon dioxide and Ozone.
Some steps should be taken to deal with the emission of hazardous wastewater chemicals. Training workers on the proper first aid procedure for each compound. Additionally, the wastewater plant can put in place gas detection equipment’s to monitor and detect gas leakages.
Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for Hazardous chemicals.
Chlorine solution: http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9925755
Hydrogen Sulphide: http://www.labchem.com/tools/msds/msds/LC15470.pdf
Carbon dioxide: https://www.boconline.co.uk/en/images/10021714_tcm410-39607.pdf
Sodium hypochlorite: https://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9925000
Agency: U.S Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
Contact Info: 053-916 0600
Area of responsibility: Air pollution
USEPA is the government body responsible for protecting the Houston region against the emission of hazardous chemicals, (Ampleman et al., 2011). The agency is registered under the clean air act. The resources it has put in place for mitigation include a vulnerability assessment tool, The Table Top exercise tool for a risk assessment tool and the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT). The climate ready Water utilities initiative uses the tools mentioned above to provide individuals with the required training and tool to mitigate the occurrence of a climate disaster.
Wagner, D. (2018). The unseen Hazards of Wastewater Treatment Plants-The monitor.
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). List (2018).
Retrieved from: http://www.sciencelab.com/msdsList.php
O’Neill, E. J., Hais, A., & E, P. (2004). Wastewater Security. Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education, 129(1), 41-46.
Ampleman, M., Baranowski, C., Posner, A., & Whitler, J. (2011). USEPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative. Journal‐American Water Works Association, 103(9), 28-31.