Hazardous Materials Release / Shelter-In-Place

In the event of a hazardous material release:

  • Call 9-1-1.

If you are exposed to a hazardous material:

  • Call 9-1-1.
  • Individuals exposed to hazardous material should avoid contact with others.
  • Remove all contaminated clothing, ensuring you do not contaminate other areas of your body.
  • Put contaminated clothing and items into a plastic bag and seal the bag.
  • Flush with copious amounts of cool water for 15 minutes, ensuring that you do not scrub the chemical onto your skin.
  • Flush eyes with water.
  • Exposed persons should receive or seek medical attention.

If told to shelter- in- place:

  • Go inside a building immediately.
  • Lock doors, close windows, and air vents.
  • Turn off fans, air conditioning and forced air heating.
  • Move into an interior room away from windows.


UF Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S)


EH&S – Hazardous Materials Injury/Exposure

Ready.gov Chemicals and Hazardous Materials Incidents

Ready.gov Shelter

Version Date: February 2024