• Technological Hazards (PDF 990KB)

Technological hazards include hazardous materials incidents and nuclear power plant failures. Usually, little or no warning precedes incidents involving technological hazards. In many cases, victims may not know they have been affected until many years later. For example, health problems caused by hidden toxic waste sites —like that at Love Canal, near Niagara Falls, New York—surfaced years after initial exposure.

The number of technological incidents is escalating, mainly as a result of the increased number of new substances and the opportunities for human error inherent in the use of these materials.

Use Part 3 to learn what actions to include in your family disaster plan to prepare for and respond to events involving technological hazards. Learn how to use, store, and dispose of household chemicals in a manner that will reduce the potential for injury to people and the environment.

When you complete Part 3, you will be able to:

  • Recognize important terms.
  • Take protective measures for technological disasters.
  • Know what actions to take if an event occurs.
  • Identify resources for more information about technological hazards.

In This Section

  • Hazardous Materials Incidents
  • Household Chemical Emergencies
  • Nuclear Power Plants
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Part of Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
Type Technical brief
SDG Sustainable Development Goals SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities, SDG13 Climate action
Authors FEMA
Published 2010
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
Affiliations FEMA
Ported from https://www.fema.gov/pdf/areyouready/basic_preparedness.pdf [see first revision]
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