Chemical Management and Climate Resilience
CT’s businesses can be prepared to "weather the storm"
Connecticut was hit with at least 5 major storms plus lesser weather events since 2010. It is important to make your business and property resilient to natural hazards and reduce the risk of on-site chemicals causing pollution. Storm events can result in property damage, loss of inventory, and environmental contamination and liability. Accidental releases of toxic chemicals have also put communities and emergency responders at risk.
Working together, businesses and local emergency officials can increase awareness and take steps to reduce risk and protect human health and safety.
Find out what you can do:
Tools, Outreach Materials & Resources for Businesses:
The CT Toxic Users & Climate Risk Viewer is a tool for businesses as well as local and state emergency preparedness and response planners. Layers include
- the national flood hazard zones,
- hurricane evacuation areas,
- facilities that are EPCRA Tier 2 filers,
- RCRA hazardous waste generators,
- storage/ disposal facilities, and
- Toxic Release Inventory reporters.
A layer with sea level rise will be added in the future.
Business, especially those that store hazardous chemicals, materials and/or wastes on site can assess the vulnerability of their location to climate-related natural hazards and take action to prevent damage or contamination from toxic on-site materials.
EPCRA-regulated facilities subject to CGS 22a-610(e) can assess risk and update hazard mitigation plans and applicable evacuation plans accordingly.
- The Resilient 21st Century Business: How Managing Chemicals Can Help Your Business Weather the Storm - find out what steps you can take to become a disaster-resilient, prepared business.
- How Retailers & Service Providers Can Manage Chemical Products to Weather the Storm - many of the products your business uses, stocks, or sells may contain chemicals. Find out what steps you can take to manage these products and become a disaster-resilient, prepared business.
Interactive Guide for Businesses:
- Is Your Business Prepared? An interactive GIS story map with information, suggestions and links - available Fall 2019
Free Online Training:
- How Managing Chemicals Can Help Your Business Weather the Storm - available March 2020
The online training will be useful for a variety of businesses that use or sell chemicals and
store hazardous waste onsite. It provides information on how to mitigate the impacts
of a natural hazard, save money, and prevent risks to human health and the environment
from toxic chemicals. Topics covered include the importance of reducing chemicals,
switching to less toxic ones, using BMPs to be more resilient as well as provide tools
and resources to assess if your facility is at risk during a storm.
Local, Regional, and State Emergency Planning:
Municipalities and regions can utilize their Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans (NHMP) to promote best management practices to prevent pollution from chemical releases from businesses in the event of a natural hazard. NHMPs that are due for an update can include new initiatives aimed at chemical management, utilize DEEP's information and promote through municipal websites and social medial.
Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans with chemical management initiative:
- State of CT 2019 Plan update
- Capitol Region 2019 Plan update
- South Central Region 2018 Plan update
- Metro COG 2019 Plan update
DEEP offers to meet with/make presentations for COGs, municipalities, LEPCs and other emergency response officials, business associations and others to provide detailed information about our project, promote outreach materials and training and provide technical assistance.
- Resilient Communities & Businesses: Preventing Pollution from Chemicals - Presentation for CRCOG LEPC 4/2019
Other Resources & Links:
- CT DEEP Climate Change information
- State Emergency Response Commission
- Additional viewers to assess risk: FEMA Flood Zone Viewer, Flood IQ Flood Depth Viewer, NOAA Sea Level Rise Viewer
- US Climate Resilience Toolkit
- FEMA www.Ready.gov program and Ready Business
- Flood Smart
- SBA on Buying Insurance
- Resilient Nashua Toolkit
Last updated September 2019