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Lessons Learned:  Response to the Chlorine Release in Graniteville, South Carolina

Broadcast Date: April 19, 2006
(1 hour, 30 minutes)

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Program Overview

Since the tragic incidents on September 11, 2001, the country has been busy preparing for response to terrorism. The hijackers showed that our own infrastructure (e.g., aircraft) can be used against us. While we are increasingly aware of the threat of terrorism, let us not forget the hazards that are around us each and every day. Toxic industrial materials are used and transported every day in this country. These materials are safe when handled and stored properly. Even so, there are risks involved with these materials.

In the early hours of January 6, 2005, a train was diverted onto a sidetrack striking a parked train and releasing chlorine into Graniteville, South Carolina. The small mill town was turned on end as responders from over a hundred local, state, federal and support agencies responded to the most deadly chemical incident in the United States in nearly three decades.

Faculty

Michael Spradlin
Homeland Security Coordinator
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Columbia, South Carolina

Target Audience

Public health professionals, healthcare providers, first responders, community planners, leaders of volunteer and faith-based organizations that assist affected communities.

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None for this program.

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(334) 206-5618 or email ALPHTN

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