The Houston chemical industry is preparing for the possibility that a massive chemical spill from Tropical Storm Harvey will take the lives of thousands of workers.
The Houston Fire Department and the Harris County Health Department have already started training their crews on how to contain the potentially deadly material.
But the potential for disaster for many industries is only growing.
The industry is scrambling to deal with the possibility of an explosion or fire that could damage or destroy their facilities, and they’re already facing the threat of a possible contamination of their water supplies.
According to the Houston Fire and EMS Department, the number of chemical facilities affected by a disaster, like a chemical spill, is growing rapidly.
The Department said on Thursday that they had received 3,500 reports of chemicals leaking, including a chemical that could have killed at least 10 people in the Houston area.
The department said it had dispatched more than 100 chemical containment teams.
Chemical spills have happened before in the U.S., but the numbers of deaths in the United States and the U,S.
are increasing as a result of a number of environmental disasters like Hurricane Harvey.
In January 2017, the U of T released a report which showed that the number had reached 7,814 in the country as a whole, up from 5,874 in 2016.
The U of S report said the number in Canada had gone up from 1,935 in 2016 to 2,891 in 2017.
The number of chemicals that were released into the environment increased from 3,085 in 2016, to 6,907 in 2017, according to the U-T report.
On Thursday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner released a statement on the emergency response to the chemical spill.
He said, “I believe this spill is a wake-up call for the nation, and I believe that the city of Houston has been proactive and prepared, and now it’s time to act.”
The Houston Fire Dept said on Friday they were planning to have two full-time chemical containment crews on the ground to protect the city’s chemical plants.
A number of other chemical facilities, including the University of Houston Health System, also are in the process of being cleaned up.
The city is also preparing for a possible spill of large amounts of hazardous chemicals into the water supply of the city.
Hospitals, schools, and other facilities in Houston were closed on Friday.
In addition, some residents of the Houston suburbs were evacuated as a precautionary measure.