About the Indiana CHEMPACK Program
- What is CHEMPACK and what does it mean for the State of Indiana?
CHEMPACK is a national program funded by the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and is an extension of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) program. CHEMPACK is a first responder asset that provides antidotes for individuals exposed to intentional nerve agent attacks and large-scale organophosphate (pesticide) poisonings.
The purpose of CHEMPACK is to implement a nationwide program for the “forward” placement of nerve agent antidotes and to provide state and local governments with a sustainable resource that increases their capability to respond quickly to a nerve agent event.
- What's inside the CHEMPACK containers?
CHEMPACK comes in two types of containers: hospital and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) containers. A hospital container is designed for hospital dispensing, and the medication comes in multi-dose vials. The EMS container is designed for use by first responders, and medications come in auto-injectors. The hospital containers have enough nerve agent antidote kits to treat 1,000 victims. The EMS containers have enough to treat 450 victims.
- How are CHEMPACK containers stored?
CHEMPACK containers are strategically located in secure locations in Indiana. CHEMPACK containers are maintained in climate-controlled conditions in order to maximize the shelf life of the medications. The CHEMPACK containers are monitored 24/7 by ASPR. In Indiana, there are a total of 32 CHEMPACK cache sites.
- How will CHEMPACK containers be deployed?
The Incident Commander (IC) remotely at a scene or EMS Officer will conduct an initial assessment for the potential need for a CHEMPACK based on the initial scene evaluation. The IC or EMS Officer will request CHEMPACK deployment through coordination with the cache host site, local hospital, and emergency management agency (EMA).
- Does the State of Indiana have a CHEMPACK Plan?
Yes, the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) Division of Emergency Preparedness (DEP) maintains the Indiana CHEMPACK Program—Nerve Agent Medical Countermeasure (MCM) plan.
- HHS Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) CHEMPACK Site
- HHS/ASPR CHEMPACK Site
- HHS/ASPR SNS Site
- CHEMPACK Cache Locations
Cache site CHEMPACK managers and end-users: Click the icon below to access the CHEMPACK SharePoint Site (managed by HHS/ASPR)