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Media Advisory

Hazardous Materials, Public Health Staff to Receive Comments, Distribute Information at Workshop October 17

October 16, 2006


Checklists and supplies for a household emergency preparedness kit will be available to the public at a Disaster Preparedness Awareness Fair hosted by the Shell Martinez Refinery. There will be vendors, information tables, speakers and refreshments. Other informational topics to be covered will include the county's public health emergency response planning, Industrial Safety Ordinance, Community Warning System, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Community Awareness Emergency Response (CAER) group. Safety audits of the Shell and Tesoro refineries and the Air Products hydrogen plants at both refineries will be available for review and comment.


Thursday, October 19, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.


Shell Martinez Clubhouse, on Pacheco Boulevard at Arreba Street in Martinez


Speakers at the event will include Tom McKnight, the fire chief at Shell, Martinez Police Chief Dave Cutaia and Ana-Marie Jones of CARD (Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters). Two of the information tables will be staffed by the Hazardous Materials Program and Health Emergency Response Unit of Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS), the county health department.


"In a disaster or health emergency, people will likely need to care for themselves and their families without much help from government for the first three days or so," said Randy Sawyer, Director of Hazardous Materials Programs for CCHS. "There will be plenty of information and supplies at this event to include in a household emergency kit."


To get more information about the Disaster Preparedness Fair, call the County Hazardous Materials Program at 925-646-2286.

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Press Contact
  • Randy Sawyer
  • 925-646-2286