Emergency Preparedness & Response
We help our clients prepare for and protect the health and environment of communities after disasters and hazmat releases.
About This Service
Federal agencies rely on CSS’ expertise to prepare for and respond to disasters, catastrophic events, and contaminated sites across the country. We have continuously supported federal emergency and environmental response contracts since 1989.
We help agencies plan for and respond to hazardous material and hazardous waste incidents, including contaminants of concern, chemical warfare agents, pathogens, and other chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear (CBRN) hazards.
Our scientists, engineers, and technicians integrate ongoing technical research with field-based experience to advance new methods and technologies.
What we do:
- Planning and delivering training and exercises
- Developing technical guidance documents, sample plans, and SOPs
- Operating and maintaining fixed and mobile analytical laboratories
- Supporting personnel and area decontamination for CBRN incidents
- Calculating Human Health Reference Values (HHRV)
- Biomonitoring for toxin exposure
- Activity-based sampling at hazardous sites
- Overseeing and enhancing removal actions at contaminated sites
- Testing and demonstrating field technologies, procedures, and equipment
- Managing and validating large analytical, field, and research data sets
- Handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous and universal wastes
- Providing on-site technical support and coordination with first responders
- Detecting and identifying chemical and biological agents at large public events
Analytical Support for the Drinking Water Emergency in Flint, Michigan
Helping 100,000 Residents Affected by Elevated Lead Levels in Local Water Supply Lead contamination found in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan had a catastrophic impact on the community and its residents. CSS supported EPA’s response to the crisis by providing mobile and fixed analytical laboratory services and data review. Over a nine-month period, our…
Expert Guidance to EPA’s Consequence Management Advisory Division
Technical Support for EPA’s Consequence Management Advisory Division (CMAD) – CSS provides expert technical guidance and field support related to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) decontamination.
Mobilizing Onsite at National Special Security Events
CSS operates and maintains EPA mobile analytical units that travel to support multi-agency security efforts during high profile events that draw large crowds.
Analytical Laboratory Support for Mass Transit Decontamination Research
CSS helped advance EPA’s body of knowledge for restoring subway systems after a biological incident.
Analysis for Coastal Operational Resiliency
CSS assisted with planning and executing a demonstration of three decontamination technologies on a USCG vessel contaminated with a benign surrogate for anthrax.
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