This came across my Facebook feed this morning. I thought I would share.
Its 2am and you wake up to pounding on your front door. This fightfighter tells you There is a chlorine gas cloud moving towards your neighborhood and you are have to evacuate now! Are you ready to bail? Do you have a go bag ready? Are the kids at a friend’s house or asleep? Does the car have gas in it? Do you even have a gas mask ready to put on? What do you do?
Last night this was real life for a large neighborhood in Sheffield. A chlorine gas tank exploded (leaked**) and a large cloud was incoming. It was a first for me as a police officer. I got the call at 2am and had to go door to door waking people like you up. I didnt have time to help you prep. You didnt have time. I had to go to the next house and tell them.
Not sure which firefighter this is. Hard to tell. But its Sheffield city and this is a doorbell camera taken last night during the incident. Lucky for us no one was hurt. Everything worked out in the end and the area was evacuated.
Are you ready?
Photo cred: Heather Hill-Hart
Firefighter: Justin Harrison, Sheffield Fire Department
update I learned this morning that the gas had leaked and was not from an exploded tank. That night as we went from house to house i was told by other first responders a tank had fallen and exploded. It’s impossible to know exactly what is going on during events like this. I made this post to raise awareness about preperation and show the reality of a situation that actually happened. That we have to work together as a community and be prepared ourselves to evacuate and help.