An Inside Look at the 2019 CSEPP Exercise


Today was the day of the Madison County CSEPP Exercise, and WBON-TV was there to get an in-depth look at everything that goes on during an emergency drill.

Madison County CSEPP Director Dustin Heiser told us this year’s drill is different than it has been in years prior. “We’ve added some more components, both in the field and at our hospitals, as well as here in the EOC”, Heiser said.

Heiser also reminded us that September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, and told us a crucial aspect of being prepared is communication. “Take the time with your family to sit down and discuss preparedness activities for all of the hazard situations.”

Multiple officials were in attendance at the Emergency Operations Center today, including Garrard County CSEPP Director Jay Overman. Overman, who is also a Deputy Director of the Garrard County Emergency Management Agency, stressed the importance of statewide agencies working together.

“We know Garrard County is a small county, so we know that we gotta be efficient”, Overman said. “Building those relationships with other groups that can come help us is extremely important.”

Madison County recently sent out 72-hour emergency kits to certain residents. If you’ve received a CSEPP emergency kit in the mail, be aware that you are considered to be in close proximity to the Bluegrass Army Depot and should be prepared in case of an emergency.

For more information about what you can do to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you, you can visit Madison County’s Emergency Management website or the official website of the Department of Homeland Security.