Children across Contra Costa County will participate in the 11th Annual Countywide Shelter in Place Drill at 11 a.m. Wednesday to practice safety procedures in the event of a hazardous material release.

Children in day care centers and public and private schools are invited to practice responding to Community Warning System sirens, radio, TV, social media and subscribed cell phone alerts.

Hazardous material releases could result from accidents at chemical or wastewater treatment plants, manufacturing or storage facilities and refineries, or from collisions involving trucks or trains that transport chemicals, according to the Contra Costa County Community Awareness Emergency Response Group, which is coordinating the drill.

Participants are asked to make shelters where they are. More information about sheltering in place is available by calling 925-313-9296 or by visiting www.cococaer.org. Click on "Prepare for Emergencies."



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