Hazardous Materials / CSEPP (Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program)

Do you know what to do in a Community-Wide Chemical Emergency?

You can watch our EKU Community-Wide Chemical Release Response Video here.

Please review our EKU Chemical Release Response Manual here.

Please watch the Shelter In Place Video produced by the Madison County EMA/CSEPP. This explains what you should do to take shelter if you are away from the EKU Richmond Campus.

Release or Spill (Small Scale Incident)

Evacuate the release or spill area.

Secure the location.

Isolate exposed individuals for:

  • Decontamination
  • Evaluation
  • Treatment

Call 911, 859-622-1111, or Use an Emergency Call Box to report the incident.

Shut down relevant utilities and room HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning).

Off-Campus Chemical Release or Spill (Community Wide Event)

(Highway / Railway / Industrial / Blue Grass Army Depot)

Protective Action Decisions (PADs) are issued by the Madison County Emergency Management Agency (EMA).
Eastern Kentucky University is primarily located in Zone 2E and Zone 2D. Meadowbrook Farm is located in Zone 1C. White Hall State Historic Site is located in Zone 3A. And Central KY Regional Airport is located in Zone 3D.

EMA issues PADs that may include:
Shelter-In-Place (SIP) (Until the immediate danger passes)
Evacuation (If there is enough time before the danger arrives)
Relocation (When it is safe to come out of Sheltering-In-Place)

Actions to Take by Faculty, Staff, and Students


  • Should the decision be made by the Madison County Emergency Management Agency for EKU to Shelter-in-Place, the following should be done immediately by all faculty, staff, and students:
  • Move inside one of the following buildings (Enhanced Shelter in Place):

·         Alumni Coliseum

·         Combs Building

·         Dizney Building

·         Model Gymnasium

·         Perkins Building

·         University Building

·         Whitlock Building

  • Move all personnel into the protected area when notified that a hazardous event has occurred.
  • Please assist special needs individuals to the shelter areas.
  • Manually close and latch all perimeter doors and windows.
  • Start the ESIP protection system by pushing the red start button on the face of the control panel. Any individual may activate the system when needed. EKU Public Safety officials may not be in your ESIP building.
  • Keep all doors and windows closed and remain in the protected area until notified that the hazard has been cleared.
  • After being notified that the hazard is gone, stop the ESIP protection system by pushing the red start button again. Any individual may deactivate the system when the all clear order is given. EKU Public Safety officials may not be in your ESIP building.
  • Perimeter doors can then be opened.
  • Exit to the outside.
  • Personnel may be directed to relocate out of the affected area.

If you cannot go to an ESIP building you should follow these general guidelines:

  • Take family, friends, and/or visitors immediately indoors.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors. Locking creates a better seal.
  • Shut off heating/air-conditioning systems (if possible) and fans that draw air from the outside.
  • Close vents.
  • If you have a fireplace, put out the fire and close the damper.
  • Go to the room you have chosen as your shelter. Bring your personal shelter kit, enough food and water for a few hours, your Advisor Alert Radio, a portable AM/FM radio, and a flashlight into this room. We recommend that you keep both your Advisor Alert Radio and Shelter In Place kit in your selected shelter.
  • Shut and seal the door to the rest of the building with plastic and duct tape. Put duct tape on electrical outlets and vents. Use duct tape and plastic to cover any windows.
  • Note: You will not run out of air in a shelter room. Sealing the room just slows the flow of air from the outside, protecting you longer from possible exposure.
  • Listen to one of the Local Emergency Alert System radio stations for further instructions.
  • Local Emergency Alert System Radio Stations: WCBR 1110 AM, WEKY 1340 AM, WKXO 1500 AM, WIRV 1550 AM, WEKU 88.9 FM (EKU Campus Radio), WCYO 100.7 FM, WLFX 106.7 FM

Evacuation or Relocation (Know Your Zone and Go)

Should the decision be made by the Madison County Emergency Management Agency for EKU to evacuate, the following should be done by all faculty, staff, and students:

  • EKU faculty, staff, and students with personal transportation.
    • Immediately drive north on I-75 to Jacobson Park (or other location in Fayette Co as determined by the Madison County EMA) to receive further emergency instructions from the Madison County EMA.
  • EKU faculty, staff, and students without personal transportation.
    • Immediately report to the front of Alumni Coliseum as the staging area for limited Shuttle Bus transportation to Jacobson Park (or other location in Fayette Co as determined by Madison County EMA). This will take time because transportation resources will be stretched thin. Please follow the instructions of the EKU Police Department and the Madison County Emergency Management Agency.
  • Model faculty, staff, students, and after-school programs.
    • Follow Model's specific evacuation plan and take their assigned buses to evacuate to Dunbar High School.
  • Burrier Child Development Center.
    • Follow the CDC specific evacuation plan to Bryan Station High School.
  • Meadowbrook Farm faculty, staff, and students.
    • Follow the specific evacuation plan to Powell County High School.
Chemical Incident Infographic.pdf303.83 KB
EKU ESIP Building Map.pdf225.2 KB
EKU Chemical Release Response Manual2.09 MB
CPS Panel Operations Checklist167.35 KB
STOP, Shelter In Place Protected Sign.pdf183.75 KB
SIP Instructions.pdf121.25 KB
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