Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP)
The Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program was created when US Congress mandated the destruction of chemical stockpiles in all eight Army installations in the continental United States. Through legislation Congress directed that the destruction be done with maximum protection for the public until all chemical agents are totally eradicated. Early studies conducted on the communities living within the vicinity of the stockpiles revealed that there is a need to improve existing plans, training, equipment, facilities to enhance their capabilities and preparedness in cases of emergency.
The purpose of CSEPP is to improve the emergency response capabilities in communities that surround the chemical stockpiles. CSEPP recognizes that each community has its own particular needs for emergency preparedness.
Since CSEPP began in 1988, state and local emergency management ofﬁcials have teamed with the Army and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to protect the public from the unlikely event of a chemical agent accident.
CSEPP End Goals
The goal of CSEPP is to protect the public through careful planning, training and exercises to prepare for all kinds of natural and man-made emergencies such as tornadoes, ﬂoods, hazardous material spills and more.
CSEPP believes that the help of the Army and the FEMA, the community will be equipped with the knowledge on how to respond in case of unlikely event. The program also seeks to instil in the minds of people that it is always important to prepare for either natural or manmade emergencies because they may happen any day.
In one of the chemical stockpiles location found in Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkansas, where 12 percent of the original stockpiles were incinerated starting year 2005, CSEPP ensured that the community were equipped in all sorts of emergencies before the chemical weapon destruction process. This is to abide by what both houses of Congress has mandated concerning the protection of the general public.