What to Do
If you are asked to evacuate:
- Evacuate immediately.
- Monitor Rice Alert updates closely through your phone and follow emergency guidance.
- If you have time, minimize contamination to your living area by closing windows and shutting vents.
- Bring essential items (medications, chargers, etc.) and an emergency kit with you.
If you are caught outside:
- Stay UP (upstream, uphill, and upwind). Try to go at least one half-mile (8-10 city blocks) from the danger area.
- Do not walk into or touch any spilled liquids, airborne mists, or condensed solid chemical deposits.
- Try not to inhale gases, fumes, and smoke. If possible, cover mouth with a cloth or mask while leaving the area.
- Stay away from accident victims. Allow emergency personnel to manage the situation.
If you are in a motor vehicle:
- Stop and seek shelter in a building.
- If you must remain in your car, close car windows and vents and shut off the A/C and heater.
If asked to stay indoors:
- Bring pets inside.
- Close and lock all exterior doors and windows. Close vents and as many interior doors as possible.
- Turn off air conditioners and ventilation systems, or set ventilation systems to 100% recirculation.
- If gas or vapors could have entered the building, take shallow breaths through a cloth or towel.
- Avoid eating or drinking food or water that may be contaminated.
- Seal gaps under and around the following areas with wet towels, plastic sheeting, duct tape, wax paper, or aluminum foil:
- Doorways and windows
- A/C units
- Bathroom and kitchen exghaust fans
- Stove and dryer vents
How to Prepare
- Make sure you have signed up for Rice Alert.
How to Recover
- Monitor Rice Alert and other communication channels for continued emergency information and guidance.
- Follow decontamination instructions from local authorities.
- Call REMS at 713-348-6000 to seek medical treatment for unusual symptoms as soon as possible.
- Place exposed clothing and shoes in tightly sealed containers.
- Advise everyone who comes in contact with you that you may have been exposed to a toxic substance.
- Return home only when authorities say it is safe. Open windows and vents and turn on fans to provide ventilation.
- Following a laboratory accident at Rice, file an Incident Report with EH&S.