Safety Information Charleston - Wacker Chemie AG

Safety Information Charleston

WACKER’s Commitment to the Safety of Our Community and Team Members.

At the WACKER-Charleston Plant, safety of our community and those on site are first and foremost our top priority and focus. Our goal is always prevention. We work hard to minimize all potential risks for the community, environment, employees, visitors and contractors, and neighboring areas. However, incidents cannot always be prevented and Wacker is prepared. We have developed detailed emergency response plans in partnership with local emergency response authorities; we conduct regular response drills and we are proud to have a highly qualified and professional site fire department always on duty 24/7/365.

Your safety is important to us. WACKER maintains a direct line of communication to emergency response authorities and to neighboring public fire departments. In the event of an incident, the Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) ensures that accurate information and direction is provided to the community. We encourage members of the community to sign up with Nixle as this is the primary form of communication used by the EMA to distribute important information to the community.

WACKER is providing this page to offer you and your family information and tools designed to assist you in response to a chemical incident. We are proud to be a member of this community and look forward to being a partner for years to come.

What is shelter-in-place?
Shelter-in-place means finding a safe location indoors and staying there until you are given an “all clear” or told by authorities to evacuate. A shelter-in-place may be issued as a precautionary measure. This highly effective and proven method is for the protection of you and your family members in a time of emergency such as what could be posed by a chemical-related incident. While these incidents are rare, we want everyone to be prepared and equipped with accurate information.
The American Red Cross offers a comprehensive procedure in case a shelter-in-place has been issued. Click here to download a copy (PDF | 90 KB) . Below is a summary of the procedure:

  • Should the Community Notification System be activated, immediately take your family and pets indoors.
  • Close all doors and windows.
  • Turn off all fans, heating systems or air conditioning units. Close fire place dampers or other vents.
  • Go to an above ground room (not a basement) with as few windows or doors as possible. Be sure to take your home emergency supply kit with you.
  • Listen to radio or watch TV for further instructions.
  • Stay in the room until you are told the situation has passed and an “all clear” has been issued.

Follow the shelter-in-place procedures whenever there is a notification of a chemical emergency. You may receive these notifications several ways: 1) By broadcast television or radio 2) cable television 3) Cleveland-Bradley Emergency Management Agency 4) sirens or telephone alerts 5) emergency or law enforcement personnel. Should you notice or smell anything unusual in the air, follow the shelter-in-place procedure.

Evacuations may be required in unusually rare situations; however there may not be sufficient time to safely evacuate. Evacuations may potentially expose individuals to chemicals. Follow directions provided by local authorities in case of an evacuation.

Stop the vehicle at the nearest safe location as soon as possible. You should not consider attempting to drive home or to another location. Turn off the engine, be sure your windows and vents are closed and listen to the radio for further information or instruction.

Should your children be at school or at another care or service provider, do not attempt to get them. Doing so could put you or others at risk. They are safest to follow shelter-in-place procedure at their location.

While severe weather and tornado warnings are recommended for sheltering in a basement or lower level room, it is not recommend for a chemical emergency. The reason for this is that chemicals are heavier than air and as such will tend to sink to lower lying areas, like basements. A ground-level room is acceptable should you not have an upper-level room and try to shelter in a room opposite the source of the chemical incident.

Usually this depends on the nature of the incident. However the “All Clear” is usually communicated through multiple sources such as radio, television, by emergency personnel or by the county emergency notification system including sirens or telephone alerts.

You should only call 911 if you have an emergency or need immediate assistance. Non-emergency related calls to 911 can tie up the phone lines, possibly delaying responders or other personnel being dispatched.

Like all home emergency supply kits, it should contain a basic first aid kit. Additional items for home emergency kits for all types of emergencies could also include a supply of bottled water, flashlight, extra batteries, scissors and tape, blankets and towels and any special need items you might feel necessary.

Alarm Sounds
Alarm Alarm Sound (.mp3-File) Alarm Message
Fire Alarm Test Attention! Attention! This is a test of the building alarm system, this is only a test.
Fire Alarm Drill Attention! Attention! A fire has been reported in the building. Proceed to the nearest exit and report to your muster area.
Chemical Release - Inside Attention! Attention! A chemical release has been reported inside the building. Leave the building and proceed to your muster area
Chemical Release - Outside Attention! Attention! A chemical release has been reported outside the building. Take immediate shelter. Close doors and windows and wait further instruction.
Tornado Attention! Attention! A tornado warning has been issued for the area. Proceed to your tornado shelter and wait further instructions.
Active Shooter / Security Threat Attention! Attention! Armed intruder on site. Take appropriate actions. Police are responding.


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Please contact WACKER Charleston with any questions or concerns you may have. Ask to speak with the Site Manager, Environmental, Health, Safety and Security Manager or Communications Manager.

WACKER Charleston
553 Wacker Blvd
P.O. Box 446
Charleston, TN 37310-0446
+1 423 780 7950