8. What to do in response to a warning

Immediately on receipt of warning of an imminent threat (e.g. a toxic release/ chemical spill, fire or explosion) the local government should take action on the following points:

  1. Contact the industry site co-ordinator and other principal partner organisations to:
  • confirm the threat
  • obtain additional information and coordinate preparatory actions
  • activate any existing contingency plans
  1. Contact regulatory agencies like State Pollution Control Board, Chief Inspectorate of Factories of the areas concerned to:
  • exchange information
  • arrange for them to take appropriate precautions for their own safety
  • and the protection of communications, vehicles, stocks and other property.
  • agree on arrangements for initial on-the-spot investigations
  • assessments and reporting if/when a disaster does occur
  • ask for on-site emergency plan of the concerned industry from occupier to get authentic information
  • start reviewing the off-site emergency plan prepared by district administration
  1. Put all the first responders (fire, police, medical) staff on alert to take appropriate action on demand. Be ready with ambulances and fire fighters.
  2. Check the readiness of telecommunication and information management systems.
  3. Assemble basic information on the threatened areas, maps showing impacts zones affected by toxic releases, explosion, fire, etc. and information should be to the scale and should look like as:
  • up-to-date information on transport and stocks of drinking water, sanitation, medicines and health care, shelters, relief distribution like food, clothing, etc.
  • inform higher offices like district collector of the district and or divisional commissioner with the present and future situation likely to be escalated where state level or national level support may be required.
  • include information on which action is required immediately by the government and others, to minimise the losses.
  • in case of interstate implications, take immediate steps and arrange to pass information to neighbouring state (s) through Chief Secretary without delay and if required ready to mobilise resources from neighbouring state and also set ready to deploy the resources to the neighbouring state.


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