State and county CSEPP
officials are key to the depot's success.
The largest benefit of the training is that it brings all the agencies together to train and learn what each agency does and what roles they play in a disaster," says James Cody, CSEPP medical coordinator/trainer for the Pueblo City-County Health Department.
The CSEPP lectures and lifelike drills do require an investment of time and energy The benefit, however, is substantial: improved protection of public health through effective response to chemical emergencies.
Readers who are interested in CSEPP training can contact James Cody at (719) 583-4345 or visit the CSEPP Web site at [less than]http://cseppweb-emc.
Army, CSEPP prepares communities surrounding the eight chemical stockpile sites to respond to the unlikely event of a chemical agent emergency.
FEMA requires each CSEPP site to exercise a mock disaster each year.
The system also serves as the counties' backbone for the CSEPP
alert and notification system that includes sirens and the Emergency Alert System and soon to be installed tone alert radios.
Further, the computerized maps will be converted to a format that will allow them to be remotely accessed by local, state and federal CSEPP
personnel over a secure Internet connection.
The CSEPP program is a federally funded initiative to assist state and local governments prepare for and respond to emergency events involving the aging chemical weapons until they are destroyed.
Phase II of the project involved building a database that contains both graphic and nongraphic information on 62 different features important to CSEPP planning and response preparation.
Prior to the project, CSEPP largely relied on paper maps and files.
According to Bill Hilling, Kentucky's planning supervisor for CSEPP, the new project represents a very significant improvement over the hard copy maps and records previously used by state and local CSEPP officials.