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West 1 (W1):

The United States has maintained a stockpile of chemical munitions since the 1950’s The U.S Army Pueblo Chemical Depot (PCD), located east of Pueblo is one of seven nationwide chemical stockpile storage locations. PCD stores 2.611 tons of mustard agent. Mustard agent is a blister-causing chemical. It is similar in color and consistency to molasses. Symptoms of mustard exposure may not appear for 2-24 hours after the exposure. The symptoms may include redness and stinging of the eyes or skin, followed by skin blisters, and hoarseness or cough.

The mustard agent is stored in several hundred thousand projectiles and mortar rounds. These steel munitions are stored in earth-covered structures in the chemical storage section of the depot. The stockpile is secures and the area is patrolled 24 hours a day.

Until the entire stockpile is destroyed, protection must be provided to the public and the environment that surround each stockpile site. The Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) is a federally funded program of the local, state, Army, and federal agencies to enhance emergency preparedness in areas near stockpile sites including the Pueblo Chemical Depot.

Agencies in CSEPP communities continuously work together to improve their plans to protect you. A function of emergency planning is the identification of areas that could be affected by and emergency. The areas that surround PCD are divided into Emergency Planning Zones call the Immediate Response Zone (IRZ) and Protective Action Zone (PRZ).

West 1 (W1): is and Immediate Response Zone (IRZ) which is the area closest to PCD’s chemical storage area. The IRZ extends about 5 to 9 miles from the area. Areas included in the IRZ are PCD, North Avondale, Avondale, Boone and parts of the Transportation Technology Center.

Roadways and Landmarks:

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EVACUATION INFORMATION:

During an evacuation order, it is good to have two routes away from your home.  Do you have two planned in the event of an emergency?  If you live in this zone and are directed by emergency officials to evacuate because of a chemical event.  Here are a few things you should know:

ü  Take an evacuation recommendation seriously – gather people and pets and leave the area.

ü  Take a battery-powered radio with extra batteries.

ü  Tune to the Emergency Alert System (EAS) station, KCCY 96.9 FM.

ü  Take your emergency supplies kit and prescription medications

ü  Close and lock your home or business.

ü  Do not attempt to pick up children from school or daycare. School officials have plans in place to care for children during emergencies.

ü  If evacuating because of a hazardous materials accident, keep vehicle windows closed. Turn off the heater/air conditioner and close the vents.

ü  Follow evacuation routes away from the hazard.

ü  Do not return until officials say it is safe.

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SHELTER IN PLACE INFORMATION:

ü  If you are outdoors, go inside immediately with pets, if possible.

ü  Close all windows, doors and vents.

ü  Turn off heaters/air conditioners and exhaust fans.

ü  Close internal doors and go in the innermost room without windows.

ü  If sheltering because of a hazardous materials accident, seal door gaps with plastic sheeting and duct tape.

ü  Don’t pick up children from school or daycare until directed to.

ü  School officials have plans in place to care for children during emergencies.

ü  Listen to your TAR or KCCY 96.9 FM for updated information

ü  Stay inside until officials say it is safe to leave.

For a Link to decide to “stay or go” to go this site:

http://www.sheriff.co.pueblo.co.us/esb/csepp/CSEPP_Updates/2010_2ndQ.pdf

For a Link to the emergency tones go to this site:

http://www.sheriff.co.pueblo.co.us/esb/csepp/ows.html

www.puebloemeregncy.info – will be the location emergency officials post all public information during a crisis in our community.  This link will be your best friend in a disaster.

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