About The Kay County-LEPC
What is a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)?
LEPC organizations were created in 1986 as part of the
Federal Emergency Planning and
Community Right to Know Act. With this ACT, Congress required
each state to appoint a State Emergency Response commission (SERC).
The SERC's then were required to divide their states into
Emergency Planning Districts and to create a Local Emergency
Planning Committee (LEPC) for each district. Our LEPC is a
volunteer organization comprised of a broad based community
What is the purpose of an LEPC?
An LEPC's primary responsibility is to develop and maintain a
district specific emergency plan that will insure quick and
effective responses to chemical emergencies.
The emergency plan must include the identity and location of
hazardous material, procedures for immediate response to a
chemical accident, ways to notify the public about actions they
must take, names for coordinators at plants, and schedules and
plans for testing the plan. The LEPC must publicize the plan
through public meetings or newspaper announcements, and both
welcome and collect public comments.
An LEPC should also receive any information concerning
reportable emergency releases, as well as the Hazardous chemical
inventory information submitted by local facilities. This
information is to be made available to the public upon request.
Although represented by organizations that would physically
respond to an emergency.
It is important to understand that the LEPC does not function
as an emergency response unit. The LEPC focuses on emergency
response planning, community awareness and education, and serves
as an educational aid to local industry to safely manage the
risks associated with chemical releases.
Our LEPC Mission:
- To develop a comprehensive emergency plan and
continually maintain it though community involvement.
- To maintain an all hazards plan through ongoing
effective community involvement.
- To receive and disseminate information concerning
accidental chemical releases
- To collect, manage and provide public access to
information on hazardous chemicals.
- To educate the public about the risk from accidental and
routine releases of chemicals.
- To work with facilities to minimize the risks of any
Who participates in a LEPC?
The LEPC membership represents all elements of the planning
These members include:
- Elected state and local officials
- Law enforcement agencies
- Emergency Management
- Fire Fighting Personnel
- Local Environmental Group
- Hospital Representative
- Broadcast and Print media
- Community groups
- Owners/Operators of facilities
- Transportation Representative
- Mental Health Personnel
How Can I Help My LEPC?
Remember LEPC's are volunteer organizations. We depend upon
The first step you can take to help is to become an LEPC member.
As an active member, you can attend meetings, provide industry
and hazardous materials expertise, and participate on LEPC