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Department of Public Safety


Community Response Checklist

-Gas/Pipeline Disruption-



  • Smell - Be mindful or unusual or “petroleum” odors near a pipeline
  • Sight - Watch for dead or discolored vegetation along a pipeline easement, also be wary of unusual pools or puddles of liquid and clouds of vapor or mist, blowing dirt and bubbles in standing water are also danger signs
  • Sound - Listen for a hissing or a roaring sound, the loudness depends on the leak size


  • Light a match
  • Start an engine
  • Switch lights on or off
  • Switch electrical equipment on or off
  • Turn machinery on or off
  • Drive/walk into a vapor could or into liquid puddles
  • Use a telephone of any kind until in a safe area
  • Create heat or sparks
  • Contact escaping materials
  • Move downwind


  • Leave the area on foot immediately
  • Leave all equipment and machinery "as is"
  • Get to a safe location and contact authorities
  • Warn others
  • Move upwind
  • Move downhill


  • Emergency Services — 911
  • Department of Public Safety — 566-3333 or 215-3091
  • Be aware that the 911 system will likely be overwhelmed. Program the San Juan College Department of Public Safety administrative line (566-3263) into cell phone for emergency use or consider e-mail. E-mail may be an option when unable to speak. E-mail is monitored by Security personnel during an emergency event.