Preparation for hazardous material spills is one aspect of the behind-the-scene work done by area Emergency Management Agencies. Highland EMA Director David Bushelman said there are 35 companies in Highland County that have chemicals that need to be reported to the local EMA.
"That report tells me how much of the chemicals they have, where they're stored, how they're stored, emergency contact information if needed, and what spill response stuff they have," said Bushelman.
In addition, the local EMA oversees possible evacuation plans.
"Depending on the chemical, we may have to shelter in place or we may have to evacuate certain areas around the company depending on the chemicals they have and how much is spilled," said Bushelman.
This information is available for public view at the Highland EMA Office.