Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

Definition - What does Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) mean?

Local Emergency Planning Committee is a community-based organization that assists in the preparation of emergencies, principally those which are concerned with hazardous materials. The organization is responsible for developing emergency response plans, giving information to the citizens in the community about the chemicals and reviewing the plans at least once in a year. The stakeholders also participate in the development of the plans along with the organization. The major role of the organization is to form a partnership with the industries and local governments as a resource for improving the hazardous materials alertness.

Petropedia explains Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) works with the county or city offices of the emergency management for planning emergency responses for the chemical releases from industries and their transportation sources like rail, cars, tankers, trucks and pipelines. The LEPC members come from various organizations such as emergency medical services, industries, city or county emergency management, fire departments, county residents and law enforcement. The sharing of resources and knowledge from these members maximize the coordination of the organization. Every local emergency planning designated district has one LEPC. The membership of the organization should include the following:

  • Local officials and elected state.
  • Representatives of the facility.
  • Public health, fire, police and civil defense professionals.
  • Media and community group representatives.
  • Transportation, hospital and environment officials.

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