In case of an emergency call:
Non-emergency Inquiries or Concerns
Mission of the Office of Emergency Response
Protect the health and safety of the citizens of Illinois during emergency incidents involving the release of oil, hazardous materials or other contaminants, while stabilizing, minimizing or eliminating the environmental consequences to the land, air or waters of the state.
Emergency Operations Unit
The Emergency Operations Unit (EOU), within OER, coordinates Illinois EPA’s response to environmental emergencies involving oil or hazardous materials and ensures that any environmental contamination is cleaned up. EOU works with other response agencies including the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), which is the initial contact for responses to an emergency or disaster in Illinois.
Agency Safety Unit
To comply with the Illinois Health and Safety Act, Illinois EPA’s Agency Safety Unit conducts the necessary training of all response staff and provides appropriate protective equipment for emergency response actions.
As a member of the Science Team of the State Weapons of Mass Destruction Team (SWMDT), EOU lends support in responses related to bio-terrorism and hazardous materials. By assessing hazards and associated risks, the Science Team helps ensure the safety of the SWMDT personnel and the general public.