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.