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Oil Train


Facts: An oil train derailment is a dangerous type of emergency incident due to the increased risk of explosion, leaking of fuels or the release of chemicals and other dangerous materials into the environment. An evacuation order or shelter-in-place order may also be taking place at this time in parts of Seattle to ensure public safety.

What to do:

  • Follow all instructions given by emergency responders. You may be asked to leave the area or stay in place, depending on where you are. Leave quickly when ordered.
  • Do not interfere with the emergency response.
  • If asked to shelter-in-place, bring your family and pets inside. Close doors, windows and fire place dampers. Place damp towels at door thresholds and other openings where outside drafts can enter. Turn off fans, air conditioning and forced air heating systems. Prepare to improvise and use what you have on hand to seal gaps so that you create a barrier between yourself and outdoor air.
  • If asked to evacuate, do so immediately. Follow any routes provided in the evacuation notice. Some routes may have signs posted along roads and highways.
  • Avoid the area of the derailment or collision.
  • Stay tuned to the radio for updates on emergency information.
  • If you know of someone who is unable to understand, see, or hear this message, please tell them about it.

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