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#1 Denice

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 08:30 AM

I started wondering which of my glaze chemicals would be the most harmful to first responders in a disaster. I thought of chromium, cobalt, lithium and barium, should I store them in the basement or find a special container. After the Moore, OK tornado I tried to imagine what first responders would find digging through at my house. The weather is suppose to be so bad here today they have started setting up temporary locations for the responders to work from. Any suggestions on a emergency plan for a studio would be appreciated, my only idea is old coolers or styrofoam boxes tape and label them. Denice

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 09:01 AM

Denice;
If you have your chemicals in plastic containers with tight fitting lids, and well labelled, this should do the trick. If you want to go the extra mile, you could place everything on the floor in case your shelving collapses. That's all I can think of.[dangling participle there,sorry.]
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Posted 30 May 2013 - 09:24 AM

Good idea on the shelves, I hadn't thought of that, I think I might have a old metal Coleman cooler in the basement, I could duct tape it shut. I'm sure I sound paranoid about the huge tornado the weather service is predicting tonight but I have had 9 near misses with tornados in my life time. I don't want someone to get hurt trying to dig me out of the basement. Denice

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 01:06 PM

VERY Smart to plan ahead !! Plan for the worst then hope for the best.
If i lived in tornado or hurricane country - I'd have big heavy bins of some sort or surround the chemicals with cheap cement blocks -on the bottom floor, in an outside shed (maybe dig the ground a bit lower inside the shed ) or use a basement if there is one- take the chemicals out only when in use or store small amounts for one or 2 uses out of the bins.
also consider the possibility of flooding with storms.

Earthquake strapping, meuseum putty and cabinet locks are a good first step.

We "only" worry about earthquakes out here. Sturdy plastic containers do the trick in cabinets shelves that are made earthquake proof . Then it's the finished works that are of the most concern..

Earthquake proofing might actually benefit you too. google "earthquake preparedness"
http://lafd.org/eqbook.pdf

http://www.earthquak.../bookcases.html
http://www.safe-t-pr...s-shelf-barrier

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 03:41 PM

Thanks I'll take a look at the earthquake info, tornado's are like really bad earthquakes where a building crumbles into a pile or there is nothing left at all. I'm not worried about my work just the safety of others I was hoping some other studio's had plans in place for such disasters. The safest place is underground but I can't see myself luging my chemicals up and down the stairs every time there is a tornado warning which are frequent. May be I'll just keep them in the basement until tornado season is over. Fortunately the severe tornado threat area has been moved away from Wichita, unfortunately the area is now in Oklahoma. Denice

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 06:13 PM

I started wondering which of my glaze chemicals would be the most harmful to first responders in a disaster. I thought of chromium, cobalt, lithium and barium, should I store them in the basement or find a special container. After the Moore, OK tornado I tried to imagine what first responders would find digging through at my house. The weather is suppose to be so bad here today they have started setting up temporary locations for the responders to work from. Any suggestions on a emergency plan for a studio would be appreciated, my only idea is old coolers or styrofoam boxes tape and label them. Denice


As TJR mentioned about the plastic containers with the lids, I would mention that I have been zip lock bagging inside of the plastic container. Then if the container gets broken the bag is probably protected and does not leak. Just a thought.

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 01:01 AM

I use to live in a frequent storm area. I would invest in one of those cinder block storm closets and forget about the chemicals.
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Posted 31 May 2013 - 08:29 AM

Zip lock bags inside the containers is a good idea, if someone found the cooler they probably wouldn't open the bags. Denice




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