General Information

Director
Larry L Ringering

Business Phone
(618) 296-4478

Emergency Phone
(618) 692-0537 (24 hour)

Fax
(618) 692-8985

Email
ema@co.madison.il.us

Address
157 N. Main Street, Suite 33 Edwardsville, Illinois 62025

Manmade / Technology Emergency Preparedness

Terrorism Emergency Preparedness

Chemical Threats

Chemical agents are poisonous vapors, aerosols, liquids, and solids that have toxic effects on people, animals, or plants. They can be released by bombs or sprayed from aircraft, boats, and vehicles. They can be used as a liquid to create a hazard to people and the environment. Some chemical agents may be odorless and tasteless. They can have an immediate effect (a few seconds to a few minutes) or a delayed effect (2 to 48 hours).

A chemical attack could come without warning. Signs of a chemical release include people having difficulty breathing; experiencing eye irritation; losing coordination; becoming nauseated; or having a burning sensation in the nose, throat, and lungs. Also, the presence of many dead insects or birds may indicate a chemical agent release.

Chemical preparedness from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

How can I protect myself from a chemical hazard?