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Of the eight original storage sites in the continental U.S., destruction has been completed at six sites. Two sites remain active.
CSEPP exercise standards and evaluation criteria are spelled out in joint Army-FEMA guidance. The latest version of the guidance was issued in December 2012: US Army Joint Program Executive Office, Chemical and Biological Defense and DHS/FEMA Technological Hazards Division, Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program Exercise Policy & Guidance, December 2012.
Some of the exercise reports are marked “For Official Use Only” and are not available publicly. The public side of the CSEPP portal is located at www.cseppportal.net.
Common issues identified included communications and power failures, hazardous material exposure, and unorganized evacuations, among others.
In CSEPP the Army designates public information specialists as Public Affairs Officers (PAOs) while most state and local jurisdictions use the term Public Information Officer (PIO).
The REPP is aimed at enhancing emergency preparedness for communities near nuclear power plants; see the DHS/FEMA website for further information (http://www.fema.gov/technological-hazards-division-0/radiological-emergency-preparedness-program).
Further information and quick references on emergency public information may be found at: http://www.dis.anl.gov/groups/riskcomm/index.html.