More than 500 residences in Maryland City were placed under a shelter in place order during a Hazardous Materials incident Saturday morning. Just after 7:00 a.m. firefighters were dispatched for a reported trailer on fire in a parking lot in the 3500 block of Whiskey Bottom Road.
Through their observations as they arrived on the scene and from information obtained from the truck driver the firefighters quickly realized they were responding to a Hazardous Materials incident and escalated the incident to include response from Hazardous Materials Teams from Anne Arundel County and Fort Meade. The truck driver reported that he had just delivered the trailer from Baltimore to the business. As he was leaving the property with an empty trailer he noticed a leak and vapors coming from the trailer he had just delivered.
Photos: Courtesy AACoFD
The Hazardous Materials teams were able to determine that the 45 foot trailer was carrying 10 totes of Sulfuric Acid. Although the vapors did not appear to be leaving the immediate area of the leak, a shelter in place order was issued to approximately 536 residences in the western section of Russett Green. Information was relayed to these residents using Anne Arundel County’s CodeRed program and targeted the residences on Woodland Manor Drive, Woodland Hills Way, Claymont Street and Marcey Creek Road.
Members of the Hazardous Materials Teams made entry into the trailer and on their first entry were successfully able to determine which tote was leaking and stop the leak. Additional time was required for residual leaked product to dissipate and be neutralized. The shelter in place order was cancelled just after 10:30 a.m. and the scene was turned over to personnel from the private hazardous materials clean up company. There were no injuries as a result of the incident. (photos courtesy of Doug Walton, Howard County Fire and Rescue Services)
Anne Arundel County in conjunction with the City of Annapolis has an Emergency Mass Notification System capable of reaching thousands of residences and business in a matter of minutes. A pre-recorded message with important information can be delivered to a live person, an answering machine or TTY/TDD device.
The application, called CodeRed, is a geographical-based web application. County employees can access the system anywhere they have access to the Internet. Looking at a map of the county, staff can zoom to the area of interest and draw a polygon selecting the area to be called.
The system uses phone numbers from Verizon’s database and matches it to county structure address data. Not every residence or business may be in the system, and thus the Anne Arundel County government encourages all residents and business to register on our Community Notification Enrollment page.