Man-Made & Technological Threats & Hazards

These events are emergencies that involve material created by man and that pose a unique hazard to the general public and environment. These can be caused by accident (e.g., mechanical failure, system or process breakdowns) or result from an emergency caused by another hazards (e.g., flood, storm) or are caused intentionally (e.g., acts of terror, school violence, and cyber events).

  1. Hazardous Materials
  2. Power Outages
  3. Terrorism

Chemicals are found everywhere. They purify drinking water, increase crop production and simplify household chores. Many products containing hazardous chemicals are used and stored in homes routinely. These products are shipped daily on the nation's highways, railroads, waterways and pipelines.

Chemicals can be hazardous to humans or the environment if used or released improperly. Hazardous materials include any chemical or substance that could adversely affect the safety of the public, handlers, or carriers during transport or if released into the environment. Hazardous materials come in the form of explosives, flammable and combustible substances, poisons and radioactive materials. Although extremely rare, there always remains a slim chance that a chemical emergency will occur despite the extraordinary precautions that have been taken. These substances are most often released as a result of transportation accidents or because of chemical accidents in plants.

Hazardous Materials Brochure (PDF)

Hazardous Materials Brochure - Spanish (PDF)

Hazardous Materials Resources

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Mega Search

Arizona Emergency Response Commission (AZSERC)

Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

Palo Verde Generating Station (PVGS)