Welcome to Madison County EMA/CSEPP

2017 EMA Home Article

The Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) were combined to form an all hazards organization ready to support community emergency response.

County level EMA is the local organization within the framework of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Kentucky Emergency Management is included in FEMA’s Region IV.

The Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1985 to provide emergency preparedness and maximum protection to communities near chemical weapons stockpiles in the unlikely event of an accident happening at the stockpile sites. From the original nine sites, only two remain: Pueblo, Colorado and Madison County, Kentucky.

For decades, about 2% of the United States’ original stockpile of chemical agents has been safely stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot, in special bunkers called igloos. The safe destruction of those chemical agents is estimated to be complete by the year 2023.

Until the completion of this program, the funding provided through CSEPP gives Madison County additional tools and resources to respond to a chemical accident. This preparedness translates to preparedness for other emergencies as well.

Hazards Identified for Madison County, Kentucky
• Severe Weather is the hazard which causes emergency response most often in Madison County.
• Hazardous materials spills are another hazard which keep emergency responders active. These spills can occur on the interstate highway, at factories, or on railways.
• Though it is unlikely an accident would happen at the Blue Grass Army Depot with the storage and neutralization of the chemical weapons stockpile, CSEPP enhances Madison County’s ability to respond to such an emergency.
• Earthquakes are another hazard in Kentucky, considered to be within the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
• Miles of natural gas pipelines run through Madison County and surrounding areas.



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