CHEMTREC is a resource for chemical spills
CHEMTREC services are free of charge to local responders and the general public. Registration is required of shippers who wish to use the emergency telephone number on shipping documents. Registration is encouraged of those who think they may one day have an incident requiring CHEMTREC's services so that the best and quickest assistance can be provided. There is, however, a fee associated with registration. The customer service representative I spoke with gave me a ballpark figure of $675/yr for a farmer to register his business. She went on to say that CHEMTREC works similar to a hospital. If medical assistance is needed and you don't have insurance, they can't turn you away. However, your treatment can be more efficient if they have all of your information ahead of time. Registering with CHEMTREC would be advantageous for pesticide users, but I'm not sure there are many small businesses and producers who are willing to gamble that much money on a potentially hazardous-spill free year. Again, their emergency services are free of charge and always available to anyone needing assistance.
In the event of a hazardous materials spill, please be aware that calling CHEMTREC does not exempt you from having to notify the appropriate federal, state or local authorities. CHEMTREC will not notify them for you. For major spills, remember that IEMA (Illinois Emergency Management Agency) must be contacted (800-782-7860). For more information on how CHEMTREC assists emergency responders, please visit their Web site at: http://www.chemtrec.com/responder/services/Pages/HowCHEMTRECAssistsEmergencyResponders.aspx. Their customer service line (non-emergency) is 1-800-262-8200 (within the USA) or +1 703-741-5500 (from anywhere in the world). Take a minute to add their emergency number (800-424-9300) to your cell phone so you have it in case you need it.
You can watch a short video on YouTube that explains quite well what CHEMTEC does at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SlAaAMWKXU.