Safety is our #1 priority to ensure you, our visitor, have the best experience possible.

Emergency Resources

In the event of an emergency, dial 911 to request ambulance, fire, or police response.

Carbondale Fire Department 600 E College Street (618) 457-3298
City of Carbondale Police Department 501 S Washington Street (618) 457-3200
Memorial Hospital of Carbondale 405 W Jackson Street (618) 549-0721
SIU Carbondale Police Department 1175 S Washington Street (618) 453-3771
State of Illinois Police 1391 S Washington St, DuQuoin, IL (618) 542-2171

Eclipse Glasses

First you may wonder “How do I observe an eclipse, are eclipse glasses necessary?” The answer is yes and you should be informed of how to properly view a solar eclipse. Viewing the Sun without eclipse glasses or suitable eye protection is extremely dangerous and blinding.

We encourage everyone to use eclipse glasses, solar viewers, or some method to view the eclipse by projection. Popular projection methods include a pinhole camera, telescope with solar filter, FedEx tube, or even looking into still water. Direct viewing can also be done with a welder’s glass grade 14 and above.

Do not under any circumstances use the following items to view a solar eclipse: X-ray film, photo film, floppy disc, CD’s, or double pairs of sunglasses.

More on safely viewing eclipses: http://www.mreclipse.com/Totality2/TotalityCh11.html

Hot & Humid

If this will be your first time experiencing summer in Carbondale, you must be prepared. Typical August weather includes average temperatures from high 80’s to mid 90’s with a slight humidity index. Stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and take advantage of cooling stations around downtown. This event will attract thousands of people from around the globe, the heat mixed with the crowds are not to be taken lightly. In the event of extreme weather, you will need to have a plan to seek shelter.