|The MDEQ Emergency Services Division responds, as needed, to any incident involving hazardous materials, oil spills or any pollutant that poses a threat or potential threat to human health and safety or the environment. The Emergency Services Division minimizes the impacts to the environment and public health from chemical spills and other environmental emergencies. MDEQ, as appointed by the Governor, is the State Natural Resource Trustee, the voice of Mississippi citizens for the protection of Mississippi's natural resources.|
Report any spill to the 24-hour State Warning Point at the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency 1-800-222-6362. Spills of any pollutant, not just hazardous materials, that may affect state waters, land , air or public health must be reported.
Emergency Services Calls
What To Do If You Suspect, Witness Or Are The Victim Of A Terrorist Act
MDEQ Emergency Services addresses a wide variety of calls daily:
Since September 11, 2001, Emergency Services has
been involved in nearly weekly meetings, training, and
the planning of doing something related to terrorism.
MDEQ had been working on a terrorism response with
the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency(MEMA)
and other agencies since 1999. The agencies were
prepared but did not think anything would actually
happen. After September 11, that group of agencies
developed into a completely new program with one goal
in mind...to prevent such incidents where possible, and to
be able as a unified group to respond and put an end to the
fallout, etc., from a terrorist act. In planning sessions all
across the state, five separate Regional Response Teams
have been developed and five more will be created in the
near future, each with experts that can address the different
challenges and problems a terrorist attack can present.
To learn more abut the Regional Response Teams and the
Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, click here.
Emergency Services works with any local, state, or federal agency including the U.S. EPA, U.S. Coast Guard, local fire departments and law enforcement, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, Mississippi Department of Transportation, Mississippi Department of Health, U.S. Attorney's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, etc.
First contact local authorities, or the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the proper authorities will be notified. If what is witnessed is a biological incident call MEMA and/or State Health. If it's a terrorist incident, call the local authorities first, who are often the closest and can respond the fastest.
1542 A Old Whitfield Road
Pearl, MS 39208
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Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Office of Pollution Control
Emergency Services Division
P. O. Box 2261
Jackson, MS 39225