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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:

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.

Alert Montgomery

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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