Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP)

Plan For & Respond To Chemical Warfare Materials Incidents

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Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: This program accepts applications on an ongoing basis.

Grant Assistance Available for CSEPP State And Local Communities

The goal of the program is to assist CSEPP state and local communities in efforts to improve their capacity to plan for and respond to accidents associated with the storage and ultimate disposal of chemical warfare materials. State CSEPP sites include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Utah, and Oregon/Washington.

What this grant does for your agency

Enhance Your Ability To Respond To The Unlikely Event Of A Chemical Agent Emergency

CSEPP communities have been nationally recognized for their ability to respond to emergencies of all kinds. Many of the lessons learned in CSEPP are used in industry, and CSEPP enjoys partnerships with other public safety organizations to ensure that the knowledge gained through prudent use of taxpayer dollars has the greatest benefit for the most people. CSEPP has provided funding and technical assistance to:

  • Improve public warning capabilities
  • Build and upgrade state-of-the-art emergency operations centers
  • Train emergency managers and first responders
  • Hold functional exercises that improve readiness
  • Increase public knowledge and understanding of protective actions
  • Over-pressurize schools to ensure the safety of children
  • Study emergency response options to determine the best way to protect communities
  • Train doctors and nurses to treat victims of chemical agent exposure

Grant Eligibility

Applications are accepted from the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The eligible states house the U.S. Army stockpiles unitary chemical warfare agent as bulk chemicals and munitions. Local governments are eligible to participate as subgrantees under their state’s application. See Grant Eligibility Criteria:


CSEPP is a partnership between FEMA and the U.S. Army that is designed to provide community education and emergency preparedness resources in the event of a chemical agent emergency.

Grant Deadline

Varies. Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Apply for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) – PDF

2014 National Preparedness Report Now Available

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management AgencyFEMA has released the 2014 National Preparedness Report (NPR). The NPR is an annual status report on the nation’s progress toward reaching the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation established in the Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness.

The NPR identifies areas of sustainment and progress made across 31 core capabilities towards building a secure and resilient nation while identifying opportunities for improvement. Key overarching findings from the 2014 NPR include:

  • Embracing a new approach to disaster recovery: Major events, such as Hurricane Sandy and the severe 2012-2013 drought, have served as catalysts for change in national preparedness programs, drawing clearer links between post-disaster recovery and pre-disaster mitigation activities.
  • Launching major national initiatives: The Federal Government has initiated several national-level policy and planning initiatives that bring unity of effort to preparedness areas, including critical infrastructure security and resilience, cybersecurity, recovery capabilities, and climate change.
  • Managing resource uncertainties: Budget uncertainties have created preparedness challenges at state and local levels of government, resulting in increased ingenuity, emphasis on preparedness innovations, and whole community engagement.
  • Partnering with tribal nations: Tribal partners are now more systematically integrated into preparedness activities. However, opportunities remain for Federal agencies and tribal nations to increase engagement and expand training opportunities on relevant policies.

For a copy of the full report go to:

As this NPR indicates, as a nation we can continue to become better prepared. One way to do this is by registering for the America’s PrepareAthon! campaign and participating on September 30—National PrepareAthon! Day. Learn more about America’s PrepareAthon! at