Hazardous Materials Equipment Push Package (HEPP) Cache

The FEMA cache that deploys with a team allows members protection from hazardous environments for up to 72 hours. In the event that a task force needs additional support, they may request a HEPP cache. The HEPP cache is one of the newest caches created by FEMA utilized as an extension to the original cache. It allows personnel an additional 12-36 hours in a hazardous environment. The variance in this number depends on how serious the environment is as well as the number of people utilizing the equipment. Across the nation, there are a total of 7 HEPP caches located at the following task forces: MD-TF1, FL-TF2, IN-TF1, CO-TF1, NV-TF1, CA-TF7, and TX-TF1. The HEPP cache is managed by personnel at each location. Some of the items in this cache include the following:

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
  • Decontamination Kits
  • Tents
  • Generators
  • Detection and Monitoring Devices and Equipment