As part of its county-wide preparedness effort and participation in the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP), Lexington’s Division of Emergency Management, along with other public safety, health and medical, transportation, and social service agencies, will conduct a disaster response exercise at Jacobson Park on Wednesday, September 20, 2023.
The exercise will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 2:00 p.m. Jacobson Park will be closed to the public that morning. The park area will have increased traffic, including police and fire department vehicles and Lextran buses.
The Lexington exercise is part of a ten-county CSEPP activity that will simulate an accident involving secondary waste stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, KY. In addition to activities at Jacobson Park, several local hospitals and social service agencies will also participate in the exercise.
“The last nerve agent in Richmond was destroyed in June of this year. However, the annual exercise gives all parties involved in CSEPP a chance to work together. We test the various response actions that would be used in a real emergency,” said Patricia Dugger, Director of Lexington Emergency Management. “The annual exercise is crucial, as it helps ensure our county is ready for any emergency that could affect Fayette County residents.”
The Lexington emergency operations center will coordinate Fayette County exercise activities. The other ten counties in the CSEPP footprint and the state (KYEM) public safety agencies will participate in the exercise.
More information about the CSEPP program is available at www.BeReadyLexington.com/CSEPP/. Information is also available on the DEM Facebook page – LexingtonKYEM – on Twitter – @lexkyem – and Instagram – @lexkyem.
Contact: Emily Fay