media release

Site Gives School Helping Hand

One of Akzo Nobel's chemical sites in the United States has been helping a local school with its emergency drills.

Employees from one of Akzo Nobel’s chemical sites in the USA have been helping a nearby school with its emergency procedures.

Workers from the Gallipolis Ferry facility in West Virginia have been instructing staff at Beale Elementary School—the site’s educational partner—after the school introduced a Shelter in Place Plan.

The national scheme is designed to make people aware of what they should do if hazardous materials are released into the atmosphere and three of the company’s employees (site safety supervisor John Bumgarner, site environmental manager Beverly Young and site human resources manager Bill Stricklen) have been serving as instructors.

A joint practice emergency drill involving everyone at the school and the plant is also being planned, which will be performed in coordination with the site’s monthly alarm practice and siren testing.

(Released: September 8, 2003)