The L.E.P.C. or "Local Emergency Planning Committee" is a group that meets on a regular basis to discuss and plan for emergency situations. Members of the Montgomery County LEPC include members of local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, emergency medical services, elected officials and representatives from local industries. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend LEPC meetings.
The LEPC is an integral part of emergency planning and preparedness. Members of the LEPC take a proactive stance to ensure that local emergency responders are prepared. The committee applies for grants to pay for the training and equipment necessary to keep our local response agencies up to date and ready. Exercises and drills are conducted to provide the agencies with valuable field experience and the opportunity to work closely with the other local agencies in emergency situations.
Local industries provide the LEPC with expertise within their specific areas of business (i.e., chemical hazards, warehousing/logistics). Local industries also provide the LEPC with information regarding specific hazards related to their businesses in the form of Emergency Response Plans. In some cases, industry may mitigate hazardous situations at their site with local response agencies taking a backup role.
Following the Bhopal disaster in India in 1986, the Federal Government promulgated legislation to prevent similar accidents from occurring. part of this legislation included the "Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know" act (SARA Title III). The LEPC acts as a conduit for the public to become knowledgeable of the hazards and the plans of industry and local responders to mitigate these hazards.
All scheduled LEPC meetings are posted on on the meetings schedule page.
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