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