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November 2010
• (sĭ-vĭl'yən) n.
• A person following the pursuits of civil life,
especially one who is not an active member of
the military, the police, or a belligerent group.
• A person who does not belong to a particular
group or engage in a particular activity.
• A specialist in Roman or civil law.
• Local Emergency Planning Committees
(LEPCs) are planning entities created by state
and local governments in response to the federal
LEPC Duties
• Must develop a chemical emergency response plan
• Review it at least annually
• Provide information about chemicals in the
community to citizens.
• Develop plans with stakeholder participation.
The LEPC membership must
include :
• Elected state and local officials
• Police, fire, civil defense, and public health
• Environment, transportation, and hospital
• Facility representatives
• Representatives from community groups and
the media
R-FC LEPC Bylaws
develop, maintain and improve guidelines
among the member organizations for mutual
assistance, cooperation and assemble the
necessary equipment and material to combat
emergency incidents.
R-FC LEPC Bylaws
• Public and private organizations operating in or
about Floyd County
• Or those with a related operational interest in
the committee
• Any member may withdraw with 15 day written
R-FC LEPC Bylaws
One representative of each member organization.
Each member may designate 2 alternates
Chair and Vice Chair to serve 1 year or successive
Secretary and Treasurer should be appointed. All
to be appointed in January.
One meeting per quarter at minimum with
minimum of 10 business days advance notice.
R-FC LEPC Bylaws
Consider and adopt a public relations contingency
plan with spokesperson to represent the committee to
the media
May create standing or temporary subcommittees to
address specific areas of concern.
Decisions on operations, policy and bylaws and
expenditures of the Committee shall be by vote:
(51% =quorum) of voting members.
Rules and procedures amended from time to time by
a majority action of the membership.
R-FC LEPC Bylaws
Chairperson to assemble and maintain lists
with assistance of members:
Material and equipment each is willing to
make available to members in the event of an
Personnel – voluntarily supplied if specialized
equipment is supplied
R-FC LEPC Bylaws
– Authorized Contact Lists - names, titles,
telephone numbers of responsible personnel
authorized to request /release material and
– Other sources of material and equipmentmembers should prepare and maintain similar
lists and contacts of known available resources
Community role in EPCRA
• What is EPCRA?
• The Emergency Planning and Community
Right-To-Know Act, is also known as SARA
Title III.
• EPCRA was passed by U.S. Congress in 1986
after a chemical disaster in Bhopal, India, raised
concerns about a lack of planning and
preparation for a similar accident in America.
Community role in EPCRA
• EPCRA is designed to inform
communities about chemicals and chemical
hazards present and transported in the
community, involve the community in
developing emergency planning and
response, in helping identify facilities that
might be subject to the law, and assuring
implementation of the EPCRA law.
Community role in EPCRA
• Facilities that have spilled hazardous
substances, or that store, use, or release
certain chemicals are subject to various
reporting requirements.
• All of this information is made publicly
available so that interested parties may
become informed about potentially
dangerous chemicals in their community.
Ideal elements of a community
emergency response plan (EPA)
• Identify facilities and routes of extremely hazardous
• Develop emergency response procedures, on and
off site
• Communication between community and facility
emergency coordinators to implement the plan
• Develop emergency notification procedures
• Decide on method to determine the probable
affected area and population .
Ideal elements of a community
emergency response plan (EPA)
• List emergency equipment and facilities and the
persons responsible for them
• Develop outline of evacuation plans
• Develop and maintain a training program for
emergency responders
• Develop methods for exercising emergency
response plans
Accidents Do Happen
• A chemical accident is reported in the United
States an average of 21 times a day.
• One in twenty of the chemical accidents that
occurred in the United States resulted in
immediate injuries, evacuations or deaths.
• U.S. Department of Transportation to make
grants to states to help fund hazmat-related
planning and training activities.
• The HMEP Grants program’s authorizing
legislation requires that state grantees pass at
least 75 percent of all Planning funds received to
HMEP funding
• This can take place via disbursement of Training
funds to LEPCs, but is more commonly
achieved by allocating the funds to one or more
state-level training providers, such as the state
fire academy, which then offers training courses
to local responders.
• USDOT $ maybe available for FSE w/ Hazmat
What is Synergy?
The cooperative action of discrete
organizations such that the total effect is
greater than the sum of the two effects
taken independently;

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