The Local Emergency Planning Committee is a county level group comprised of elected state and local officials, the county emergency management team, representatives from law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, civil defense, and local health agencies, hospitals, environmental and transportation officials, members of broadcast and print media, and community groups. In compliance with the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986, Responsibilities of the LEPC include:
Preparing and implementing the EPCRA emergency response plans, managing submissions from industry and disclosure to citizens upon request. In this capacity, the LEPC provides information and facilitates training for first responders called upon to protect the public in the event of a hazardous incident. The LEPC provides information on evacuation routes, shelter-in-place procedures, and other information needed to help citizens plan for emergencies.
The mission of the LEPC is to collect and maintain information on the use of hazardous materials in or transported through the county, to analyze associated risks and vulnerabilities, and to develop an effective emergency plan. This information is readily available to responders and the public. The LEPC provides a continuing forum for responders and citizens to discuss all hazards issues.
Some of the goals and objectives of the LEPC include promoting chemical safety on the job, in the classroom and at home, determining populations that are at risk and determining necessary safety measures.
The Berkeley County LEPC conducts monthly public meetings held on the second Monday of each month starting at 2:30pm. Locations vary monthly. Contact the Berkeley County LEPC via email.