The Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) is a major part of Emergency Management. It is a coordinated and cooperative effort between the Emergency Management Agency, the Army, and federal, state and local governments to protect the community in the event of a chemical accident or incident at the Anniston Army Depot.

In 1986, Congress directed that chemical munitions stored at Anniston Army Depot and seven other sites across the nation, be destroyed. Anniston Army Depot stores less than 7.1 % of the nation's stockpile.

Congress mandated maximum protection for the public, the environment, and workers involved in destroying the chemical munitions.

CSEPP Emergency Preparedness Plan

Jacksonville State University must be prepared to respond to and recover from a chemical emergency at the Anniston Army Depot. A Emergency Preparedness Plan that includes CSEPP Protective Actions will help you determine what to do before, during and after a CSEPP emergency.

Before a CSEPP Emergency

  • Develop a personal plan. (Evacuate or Shelter In Place)
  • Jacksonville State University Is Located In Zone A-6.
  • If you plan to evacuate know your route.
  • Become familiar with the County Alert and Notification System (Sirens, Tone Alert Radios (TAR?s), and the Emergency Alert System (EAS)).
  • If you have medical needs make sure you plan for them.
  • Insure that you notify your next of kin of your evacuation plans.


Calhoun County Alert and Notification System

Calhoun County's alert and notification system consists of:

  • Sirens- Outside Warning System.
  • Tone Alert Radios- Indoor Warning Systems.
  • Emergency Alert System- Local Media Resources.
  • JSU Will Also Use Telephonic Or Personal Notification From UPD to Notify Building Managers And Resident Hall Directors.

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  • If you hear this siren, or if you are directed, proceed immediately to the closest CSEPP shelter. If you are on the JSU campus, go to Leone Cole Auditorium or the Houston Cole Library.
  • When you arrive be sure to register with the shelter coordinator and follow their instructions. This will provide shelter coordinators with an accurate headcount.

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  • If you hear this tone alert, or are directed, proceed immediately to the closest shelter. If you are on the JSU campus, proceed to Leone Cole Auditorium or the Houston Cole Library.
  • When you arrive be sure to register with the shelter coordinator.

During a CSEPP Event

If you hear the sirens (whooping sound), or are informed of a Chemical Accident, follow these instructions:
  • If you plan to evacuate proceed to the designated evacuation route. Keep windows and vents closed. Do not use the car heater or air conditioner.
  • If you plan to shelter, proceed immediately to the shelter.
  • If you already have an Personal Emergency Preparedness Kit (medications, eyeglasses etc.) assembled, take it with you.
  • Do not spend time gathering other personal items.

After a CSEPP Emergency
  • Do not attempt to return your JSU residence until you are instructed to do so. Radio and TV will keep you informed.

Evacuation Prepare NOW
  • Certain emergencies may require mandatory action such as evacuation. Calhoun County has been divided into zones in order to coordinate evacuations. Primary and alternate evacuation routes and reception/mass care hosts counties have been established, by zone, for major emergencies.
  • It is important that you know your evacuation routes (primary and alternate) and reception/mass care host counties.
  • If a chemical accident at Anniston Army Depot occurs that requires evacuation, the specific zones and evacuation route (primary or alternate) will be provided over the Sirens, Tone Alert Radios - where available, and the Emergency Alert System (local radio and TV).

Evacuation Plans
  • Listen to radio or TV for additional information.
  • Car Pool and drive safely.
  • Keep all car windows and vents closed and do not use heater or air conditioner.
  • Do not go against the flow of traffic.
  • Follow emergency instructions.
  • Take medication and other essential items, such as eyeglasses, with you.
  • Radio, TV and Print Media will keep you informed regarding the situation.
  • If you are in a zone that has not been instructed to evacuate, stay put so people that need to evacuate will be able to do so.

Evacuation Routes

Primary Route: Quickest Route to AL Hwy 9 toward Centre. Host - Madison County.
Alternate Route: Quickest Route to AL Hwy 9 toward Heflin. Host - Lee County.

Natural Hazards

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  • Severe Thunderstorms
  • Tornados
Severe Thunderstorms

What To Do
  • Stay away from metal objects.
  • Be alert for flooding, heavy rain, and hail.
  • Go inside and stay away from windows and doors.

  • When a tornado is approaching, you have very little time to make life or death decisions. Advance planning and quick response are the keys to surviving a tornado. Each year, the State of Alabama experiences several episodes of severe weather. Severe weather can strike anytime of the year, but the peak months are March, April and May. A secondary season occurs in the fall, typically in November and December. Most tornadoes occur in the afternoon between noon and 8 p.m., but tornadoes have occurred in every hour of the day and night.
  • TORNADO WATCH - means conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes. A watch can be issued for a large area at one time. Be prepared to take protective action.
  • TORNADO WARNING - means a tornado has actually been sighted by spotters or by radar and is occurring or is imminent in the warning area. A warning usually covers a smaller area. Take immediate protective action. Go to a severe weather shelter. Normally, this will be the lowest level and center of a building. Interior rooms are the best. Know where the shelter location is for your building.

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Building Managers/Resident Hall Directors

  • Ensure Building Occupants are Trained on the Location of Shelters and Procedures during Emergencies
  • Identify Others To Be In Charge When You Are Absent

Emergency Procedures

  • Notify all Building Occupants of Warnings
  • Move Occupants to Shelter
  • Assist Persons with Special Needs
  • Conduct Headcount
  • Maintain Order

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