Organizer Gordon Pleus said, “The county of Vigo and the City of Terre Haute have many hazardous-material facilities. If they had the worst incident that could happen, we’d have a kill zone of miles.”
Vigo County has one of Indiana’s highest concentrations of hazardous materials, Pleus added.
As Terre Haute is a transportation hub for both rail and roadway, Pleus says emergency responders need to be prepared.
“There’s some really nasty stuff coming through the city, and we need to be prepared for it,” Pleus said. “It’s very important for [HazMat responders] to know how to protect themselves, because if they can’t protect themselves, they can’t take care of members of the public.”
"A kill zone of miles", it's one of the many special things about living in the armpit of the nation.