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Shelter-In-Place for Chemical Release

May 28, 2013

An accident on I-94 involving an anhydrous tank or a train derailment involving rail cars carrying dangerous chemicals could cause the need for sheltering-in-place.

Living in the midwest, emergency preparedness tends to focus on natural disasters like floods or tornadoes, but Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson wants area residents to be prepared for another type of disaster; chemical, biologic or radiologic releases into the environment which could result in a recommendation for residents to shelter-in-place.
In and around Barnes County, the most likely reason for the need to shelter-in-place would be an anhydrous ammonia leak due to accidental damage to a storage tank. But, given the proximity to I-94 and railroad tracks, Thompson would like residents to be prepared for environmental hazards resulting from train or vehicle accidents, either of which could release a variety of chemicals into the environment.
Read more in Tuesday's Times-Record.

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