State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) “Alabama's coordinating agency for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.” Creation of the Alabama SERC Alabama Executive Order Number 4: Alabama Executive Order Number 4: Appoints the Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management Agency (ADEM) to carry out the provisions on the EPCRA Act and established the Alabama State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). Executive Order 4 Responsibilities • AEMA: Appoint local emergency planning districts to facilitate preparation and implementation of emergency plans and training for local planning and response organizations. • ADEM: Maintain jurisdiction over chemical releases, serve as the repository of the lists of chemical inventory forms, and provide public access to the lists, forms, and information. Executive Order 4 Responsibilities Hazardous Materials Advisory Group: • All appointed provide information to their counterparts in membership and assistance as needed. • Disseminate information to public and private sector. SERC Goals • Assist LEPCs with hazardous materials emergency response plans • Share hazardous chemical information • Provide release reporting procedures • Administer the HMEP Grant What is an LEPC A Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) exists to be a forum for emergency management agencies, responders, industry and the public to work together to evaluate, understand, train about, coordinate and communicate chemical hazards in the community and develop hazardous materials emergency plans LEPC RESPONSIBILITIES • To provide a planned coordinated response to hazardous materials releases in a way that minimizes the impact on the community and it’s citizens • To develop and manage the emergency response plans dealing with accidental releases from facilities • To distribute information to the general public LEPC GOALS • Determine the degree of hazardous materials located in and moving through the local emergency planning district • Determine the trained response personnel and resources • Evaluate the effectiveness of emergency response plans • Determine at risk populations and safety measures needed LEPC MEMBERS • • • • • • • • • • • Law Enforcement Fire Transportation Media Utilities Industry EMA Government Medical Media General Public REPC CONCEPT • At present, each county in Alabama is a local emergency planning district • A regional concept proposes an REPC (Regional Emergency Planning Committee) in each EMA division in the state • Each division would be a local emergency planning district • A REPC is composed of several counties who have formed a working relationship in order to accomplish an operational response to hazardous materials incidents at fixed facilities REPC BENEFITS • Line up with the already established EMA divisions throughout the state • Would encourage cooperation among counties and enhance the planning process • Would reduce operational costs and would aid in grant application and funding • Would enhance the response efforts and identify resources • Would enhance training efforts MAJOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS FACILITIES • DIVISION A – State Port, Southeast Shipyards, Dupont, McPherson Company • DIVISION B – Wayne Farms, Farley Nuclear Plant • DIVISION C – Nucor, Hunt Refining, Peco Foods • DIVISION D – Hyundai Plant, Rheem Manufacturing • DIVISION E– Hillshire Brands, Mar-Jac Poultry • DIVISION F – Cinram Group, BASF Corporation, Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant • DIVISION G – American Cast Iron Pipe, Vulcan Threaded Products, RMC CONTACTS Robert Thomas Earl Alexander Operations Section Chief [email protected] 205-280-2233 Infrastructure Branch Director [email protected] 205-280-2253 Marieke Fendley Robert Baylis Planning Section Chief [email protected] 205-280-2243 EM Planner [email protected] 205-280-2453 QUESTIONS??