The LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee) is a county level planning committee that is responsible for the development and distribution of the chemical emergency preparedness and response plan, for conducting annual exercises to validate and test the plan, to provide training and assist emergency responders, other agencies and organizations with their training programs, for development of a public education program, and to develop and implement a compliance and enforcement program for the district.

The mission of the LEPC is to collect and maintain information on hazardous or extremely hazardous materials being used in or passing through the district, to analyze associated risks, vulnerabilities, and develop an effective emergency plan, to make information readily available to responders and the general public and to provide a continuing forum for responders and citizens to discuss all hazards issues.

Some of the goals and objectives of the LEPCis to define the degree of hazardous substances located in and moving through the district, determine baseline hazmat trained response personnel and resources, evaluate the effectiveness of emergency response plans with respect to all hazards approach, promote chemical safety on the job, in the classroom and at home and determine at risk population and safety measures needed.

The two primary roles of the LEPCis Community Right-To-Know and Emergency Planning. Community Right-To Know involves preparing and implementing the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act including emergency response plans, managing submissions from industry and disclosure to citizens on request. Emergency Planning involves preparing for hazardous incidents through emergency planning. This planning also provides information and facilitates training for first responders who are called upon to protect the public in the event of a hazardous incident. The LEPCprovides information on evacuation routes, shelter-in-place procedures and other information needed to help citizens plan for emergencies.

LEPCmembership includes elected State and local officials, law enforcement, emergency management, fire service, ambulance service, health, local environmental, hospital, transportation, broadcast/print media, community groups, owner/operator of a facility subject to EPCRA (Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986).

The Berkeley County LEPCconducts monthly public meetings on the second Monday of each month at 2:30pm at various locations unless otherwise noted.

The Berkeley County LEPCcan be contacted via email at lepc@berkeleywv.org.

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