The Kern County Fire Department is pleased to submit this 2012 Hazardous
Materials Commodities Flow Study for Kern County.
The purpose of the Hazardous Materials Commodities Flow Study was to identify the
types and amounts of hazardous commodities transported through a specified geographic
area of Kern County, as well as the routes on which they are transported. Chemicals
transported have been identified specifically or by hazard class, as well as the types of
vehicles used to transport them and the routes they take in and out of a geographic area.
Upon completion of the Kern County Hazardous Materials Commodities Flow Study,
planners will have a better understanding of hazardous materials transportation patterns,
and these data can be used conduct planning and estimate risks facing the area. First
responders can utilize this study as a guide to anticipate potential chemicals involved in a
spill in a specific area of Kern County. This study can be used to assess total truck traffic,
daily and seasonal variations in traffic, awareness and training of drivers and emergency
personnel in the area, and frequently used transportation routes. Conducting an analysis
of commodity flows is an important step in assessing transportation-related hazardous
Know the history of wildfire in your area. Long periods without rain increase the risk of wildfire. Are roads leading to your property clearly marked? Is your house number clearly visible from the roadside? Create a safety zone at least 100 feet around the house.
Remove debris from under porches and decks.
Enclose eaves and overhangs to reduce rising heat.
Cover house vents with wire mesh.
Install spark arrestors in chimneys and stovepipes.
Use fire resistant siding.
Choose safety glass for windows and sliding glass doors.
Prepare water storage; develop an external water supply such as a small pond, well or pool. If you see a wildfire, call 9-1-1. Don't assume that someone else has already called. Describe the location of the fire, speak slowly and clearly, and answer any questions asked by the dispatcher.
Evacuate your pets and all family members. Anyone with medical or physical limitations and the young and the elderly should be evacuated early.
Wear Protective Clothing: sturdy shoes, cotton or woolen clothing, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves, and a handkerchief to protect your face.
Remove Combustibles: Clear items that will burn from around the house, including wood piles, lawn furniture, barbecue grills, tarp coverings, etc. Move them outside of your defensible space.
Close/Protect Openings: Close outside attic, eaves and basement vents, windows, doors, pet doors, etc. Remove flammable drapes and curtains. Close all shutters, blinds or heavy non-combustible window coverings to reduce radiant heat.Close inside doors and open fireplace damper.
Place a ladder against the house in clear view.
Lights: Turn on outside lights and leave a light on in every room to make the house more visible in heavy smoke.
Choose a route away from fire hazards. Watch for changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.
Notify someone when you left and where you are going.
When re-entry is permitted following an evacuation, it is typically limited to residents of the area. In order to gain re-entry you must provide law enforcement with proof of residency for security purposes. Proof of residency may be in the form of a government issued I.D. such as a driver's license, utility bill or other documentation indicating the resident's name and address.
*As stated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
** Disaster Preparedness Kit specifications provided by the American Red Cross.