Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
Purpose of LEPC: Gather first responders, officials, and community members into one group to discuss emergency preparedness topics. Discuss threats in our community, what we are doing on our level to address safety/security concerns, disaster preparedness topics, communication, planning, exercising, and training/equipment needs. Pooling efforts will help increase awareness of hazards, save money on joint purchases/exercises, and will help facilitate a county-wide discussion.
The LEPC allows us to combine efforts in facility, local, and county emergency preparedness work while helping us work together collaboratively with the whole community and combine resources and integrate our responses to an incident. Development of an integrated Emergency Response Plan and EOP Enhancements. This will also ensure we are meeting the needs of all community members, agencies, and departments.
History: LqP LEPC founded in 2018
Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA, 1986), Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) must develop an emergency response plan, review the plan at least annually, and provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens. Plans are developed by LEPCs with stakeholder participation. There is one LEPC for each of the more than 3,000 designated local emergency planning districts. The LEPC membership must include (at a minimum):
- Elected state and local officials
- Police, fire, civil defense, and public health professionals
- Environment, transportation, and hospital officials
- Facility representatives
- Representatives from community groups and the media
**LEPC Meetings are open to the general public**
2020 LEPC Executive Board:
Chair: Blain Johnson, County Emergency Management Director
Vice-Chair: John Maatz, County Commissioner (3rd District)
Secretary: Kirsten Gloege, County Family Services Director
Next Meeting: Thursday, January 9th 2020, EOC in the County Annex Building; 1-2:30pm.