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Many Monterey County government offices will be closed or have limited hours of operation during a Winter Recess scheduled from December 26th- 29st. Check the department open/closed list for available services.
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News

  • CDPH Issues Guidelines on How to Reduce Exposure to Radio Frequency Energy from Cell Phones

    As smartphone use continues to increase in the U.S., especially among children, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today issued guidance for individuals and families who want to decrease their exposure to the radio frequency energy emitted from cell phones. Although the scientific community has not reached a consensus on the risks of cell phone use, research suggests long-term, high use may impact human health.

    12/14/2017 2:28:50 PM

  • Winter Recess Closure List

    Many Monterey County government offices will be closed or have limited hours of operation during a Winter Recess scheduled from December 26th- 29st. Check the department open/closed list for available services.

    12/13/2017 4:06:00 PM

  • It's Not Too Late

    It’s that time of year again. As family and friends are gathering for the holidays, flu activity is increasing. Now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you have not gotten vaccinated yet. A flu vaccine can protect you and your loved ones. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season.

    12/4/2017 11:28:00 AM

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Emergency Response for  Hazardous Materials

Emergency Response

The Hazardous Materials Management Service (HMMS) provides emergency response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to emergency incidents requiring Health Department oversight, including:

  1. Hazardous materials releases and spills
  2. Environmental crimes
  3. Bioterrorism
  4. Illegal Drug Laboratories
  5. Sewage spills
  6. Food poisoning incidents

Emergency Response Team (ERT) members have received over 200 hours of specialized training in emergency response, chemical identification and incident command. They are trained and equipped to handle full level A entry into serious hazardous material incidents, as well as decontamination, air monitoring and technical reference support.

ERT members respond and work with local fire and police agencies, California Highway Patrol, Cal-Trans, U.S. Coast Guard and National Martine Sanctuary personnel.

Reports of hazardous materials incidents will normally be received at the public safety communication center serving the county, via the established emergency 9-1-1 system. It is essential that communications personnel obtain as much information regarding the incident as possible from the reporting party. At a minimum, primary incident information should include:

  • Location of the incident.
  • Type of release, spill or accident involving hazardous materials.
  • Name and identifying information of all potential materials involved.
  • Extent of injuries and known exposures or possible entrapments.
  • Extent of collateral hazards (e.g. - fires, explosions, structural collapse, etc.).
  • Initial actions being undertaken by persons already on scene at the incident.

Once the preliminary information is obtained by the reporting party, 9-1-1 public safety communications personnel shall notify emergency response agencies and other emergency management organizations of the reported incident.

During business hours, call (831) 755-4508 or (831) 755-4511. For emergencies after-hours, call 911.