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Strengthening Community Planning and Preparedness

Hazardous chemicals are located in many types of facilities, ranging from traditional chemical manufacturers, warehouses, and distributors, to facilities not typically considered part of the chemical industry, such as food processors, hospitals, and universities. Facilities storing and using hazardous chemicals are found in all types of communities. Communities need to know where hazardous chemicals are used and stored, how to assess the risks associated with those chemicals, and how to ensure community preparedness for incidents that may occur. Communities also need to take into consideration local geographic and socioeconomic issues and address the needs of sensitive populations. These steps require a sound preparedness process. Communities prepare by using a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and correcting.

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