Homeland Security and Emergency Management

The mission of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) is to implement the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) and to mitigate the effects of a release or spill of natural or man-made hazardous materials. On October 17, 1986, in response to concerns for safety around chemical facilities, Congress enacted the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), also known as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA). The Act has had a far-reaching influence on issues relating to hazardous materials.

How Can I Get Involved with the Jefferson County LEPC?

The Jefferson County LEPC meets quarterly at Billie’s Restaurant in Ranson at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of September, December, March, and June, unless otherwise notified.  All meetings are open to the public and new members are always welcome.

For more information, or to become a member of the Jefferson County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), please contact the Jefferson County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management at  (304) 728-3290.

What is an Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) ?

LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee) are composed of at least 12 members composed of the following disciplines:

  • Elected State and Local Officials
  • Law Enforcement
  • Emergency Management
  • Fire Service
  • Health
  • Local Environmental
  • Hospital
  • Ambulance
  • Transportation
  • Media
  • Community Group
  • Owners/Operators of facilities subject to emergency planning and Community Right to Know Act Requirements.

In Jefferson County, the LEPC is encouraging hazard reduction, accident prevention, pollution prevention and shelter-in-place programs for industry, citizens and vulnerable populations.

Jefferson County LEPC takes an all-hazard approach to their activities, most incidents (whether they are WMD, terrorism, or flooding or other incident.), have a hazardous element in the event.

One primary role of the LEPC is Community Right to Know, which involves emergency response plans, managing Tier II and Extremely Hazardous Substances reports from industry and disclosure to citizens on request.

The Jefferson County LEPC, interacts, informs and assists the public in understanding the Community Right to Know Act.

The other primary role is in Emergency Planning.  Planning includes information and facilities training for first responders, who are called upon to protect the public in the event of a hazardous materials incident.

Some examples of this planning include the Propane Risk Assessment projects that were completed in 2008/2009.

Public awareness activities include participation in an information booth the Jefferson County Fair.