The Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program will conduct its annual community-wide exercise Sept. 17 in Madison County.
CSEPP is a federal program that gives money to Kentucky for 10 counties surrounding the Bluegrass Army Depot near Richmond, where chemical weapons are stored.
Participants in the exercise will include the Blue Grass Army Depot, Blue Grass Chemical Activity, Kentucky Emergency Management Agency, Madison County Emergency Management Agency, various police and fire units, Madison County schools and Baptist Health Richmond.
These agencies and surrounding counties will be evaluated in how they deal with a particular scenario. The extent of play for each organization varies.
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CSEPP sirens in and around Madison County will be activated during the exercise. The Advisor Alert Radios, or indoor warning system, also will be activated.
The sirens will sound Westminster chimes, the sound normally played during siren tests and quarterly exercises, followed by a test voice message. Local residents might hear the sirens and AARs, but they should not be alarmed.
The exercise is conducted to ensure maximum safety to the community.