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EPCRA
Emergency Planning and Community Right-toKnow Act (EPCRA) in 1986.
Also known as Title III of the Superfund
Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA).
 SARA Title III Section 301-303 established
requirement a State Emergency Response
Commission (SERC).
VIRGIN ISLANDS EMERGENCY RESPONSE STRUCTURE
UNDER EPCRA
Executive Order No. 302-1987
Established the VI SERC known as Virgin Islands
Environmental Emergency Response Commission
(VIEERC)
Established LEPCs in two Districts
St. Croix District, and
St.Thomas/St.John/Water Island District
LEPC Districts
St. Croix District
High priority due to number of large industries with
large concentration of chemical pollutants
Active and functioning
Committed core, expanding to include more sectors
Meets 2nd Tuesday of the Month
St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island District yet to
be established
Our Role
Form a partnership with local government
agencies, hazmat responders, and industry
To enhance prevention and preparedness;
response and recovery; planning and
exercising; and training.
Our Responsibilities
Review local emergency plans
Make MSDS and Tier II information available to the
general public
Identify facility representatives involved in
emergency planning
Be informed about potential and actual chemical
releases
Obtain follow up emergency response information as
soon as practical after a release
Membership
Elected officials
Emergency Medical Personnel
Fire Service
Health Officials
Law Enforcement
Environmental Agency
Environmental Groups
Owners and operators of covered facilities, and
Broadcast/Media familiar with factors that
affect public safety, the environment, and the
economy of the community.
2011 Strategic Goals
GOALS
OBJECTIVES
GENERAL
All Hazards approach to Assess, plan and train
Emergency
for all hazards
Management
response.
Partners
• School Districts
• CERT
Target Audience
• Industry
• Public
ACTIVITIES/TASK
Encourage industry
partners to share their
best practices with
LEPC
Recruit and train
members
GOALS
OBJECTIVES
ACTIVITIES/TASK
DATA COLLECTION
Tier II Chemical
inventory data
encourage facilities/
businesses to submit
reports electronically.
All Hazards: Fragile
population
identification and
location.
Dept. of Health
brochure of fragile
population
MSDS collection and
handling
GOALS
OBJECTIVES
ACTIVITIES/TASK
PLANNING
&
RESPONSE
Prevention
•NIMS
•Incident Command
System
•Tabletop exercises
•Functional exercises
•Full scale “dirty boots”
exercises
•EOC Operation
•Outreach to
communities and
general public
•Shelter in Place or
Evacuate
Risk Management
Public Warning
Communication
Education
Training
OBJECTIVE
• To encourage facilities and businesses to
become a member of your Local Emergency
Planning Committee. A partnership with the
safety of our community in mind.
• To become a member please contact
Ofc Barbara Magras
340-773-5774 (Office) - 340-719-6586 (Fax)
[email protected]

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