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Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS)

Chemical Spills

A chemical spill occurs when a toxic gas or liquid is released; they can be unintentional or intentional. Take the following precautions if you suspect a chemical spill has occurred:

  • Watch for signs such as people suffering from watery eyes, twitching, choking, or breathing troubles.
  • Many sick or dead birds, fish, or small animals may also be a sign of a chemical spill.
  • If you are able to determine where the chemical is coming from, quickly move away from that area.
  • If the spill occurs in a building, take action to get out of the building without going through the contaminated area.
  • If you are unable to leave the building, shelter in place as far away from the suspected impact area as possible.
  • If you suspect there has been a chemical spill, move to safety and call 9-1-1 to report the spill.

If you think you have been exposed to a chemical (symptoms may include watering eyes, stinging skin, and trouble breathing), strip immediately and wash with water and soap (if available). Seek immediate medical attention.

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Listen to the radio or watch television for further information. Sign up for Alert Montgomery in advance of an emergency to receive updates right to your phone or e-mail.



For more information on chemical spills, visit:

Ready - Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed - FEMA's educational preparedness campaign with specific information pertaining to technological and accidental hazards. 


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