Other Hazards

Public Health Emergencies

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick.
• If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
• Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
• Washing your hands will help protect you from germs.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
• Practice healthy habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

Hazardous Chemical or Radiological Emergency

You may be exposed to dangerous chemicals or radiation during a:

  • Hazardous chemical accident or fire
  • Nuclear power plant accident

During a chemical or radiological emergency:

  • Listen to local radio and TV broadcasts and do as they recommend.
  • Stay inside unless you are told to evacuate.

The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) helps communities plan for emergencies involving hazardous substances. For Durham County’s latest EPCRA information, visit http://www.dconc.gov/LEPC or call 919-560-0660.

See Something, Say Something

To report suspicious activity, contact your local law enforcement agency. Describe specifically what you observed, including:

  • Who or what you saw
  • When you saw it
  • Where it occurred
  • Why it’s suspicious