Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC-6)
STAFF: ALYSSA SABETTO
Local Emergency Planning Committee Region 6 (LEPC-6) is supported by the Windham Regional Commission (WRC) and operates under the authority of the State Emergency Response Commission. LEPC-6 is composed of and supports first responders, Tier II reporting industries, businesses, citizen groups, and various members of all entities of emergency management—RACES, CERT, 211, Schools, Health Departments, Hospitals, EMD’s, Homeland Security representatives, the Red Cross, local emergency management coordinators, and planners. LEPCs are able to foster a valuable interdisciplinary dialogue related to disaster preparedness and response.
There are 13 LEPC regions in the State. LEPCs were established by the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) from the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986, enacted as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act to prevent emergency situations from hazardous chemicals. Thus, LEPCs were formed to focus solely on hazardous chemical responses. In more recent years, most LEPCs have evolved to encompass planning for all hazards that may affect communities in the region, not just chemical emergencies.
Mission Statement: To provide Emergency Planning resources and guidance throughout Windham Region through education, coordination and assistance.
LEPC Chair: Paul Fraser
LEPC Vice-Chair: Kevin Beattie
LEPC Secretary: Alyssa Sabetto
LEPC Treasurer: Mike Shaughnessy
February 21, 2017 LEPC meeting topic: Open and Closed Points of Distribution (PODs)
Meeting time: 12:00 pm, Meeting Place: Jamaica Fire Department, 4017 Vermont Route 30, Jamaica, VT
VT Dept of Health has pre-identified Point of Distribution (POD) sites to quickly distribute medications to Vermonters in the event of a naturally occurring disease outbreak or bioterrorist attack. POD sites can be “Open” to serve the public, or “Closed” which are either public or private agencies that have agreed to serve the people that work or reside there. Closed POD partnerships help get medications to people in a rapid manner while reducing the number of people that would have to wait in long lines in a Public POD. Pamela Corbett, Emergency Preparedness at VT Dept of Health, will present on Open and Closed PODs and the plans to deliver life- saving medications during a public health emergency. Visit the WRC home page to confirm the meeting has not been canceled or moved due to inclement winter weather.
March 21, 2017 LEPC meeting topic: The Role of the Local Public Information Officer after an Event
Meeting time: 5:30 pm, Meeting Place: Brattleboro Retreat, Education Conference Center, 1 Anna Marsh Lane, Brattleboro, VT
Mark Bosma, Public Information Officer for the VT Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, will present on the role of the local Public Information Officer (PIO) in dealing with the media and the public after a high profile event. This presentation is a brief introduction to and overview of public information in emergency response. It covers the basics of public information and press relations, including information gathering, press release writing, interviews, and other topics. Visit the WRC home page to confirm the meeting has not been canceled or moved due to inclement winter weather.
April 18, 2017 LEPC meeting topic: How to Handle and Dispose of HazMat Materials
Meeting time: 12:00 pm, Meeting Place: TBD
Todd Cosgrove, Vermont HAZMAT Officer, will present this topic geared for Tier II facilities. The presentation will focus on the protocol for proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials.
Tier II Reporting and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) is a Federal Act that was created to help communities plan for emergencies involving hazardous substances. The Act requires industry to report yearly on the storage, use and releases of hazardous chemicals to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and the local responding fire department. The EPA’s List of Lists outlines reporting requirements under EPCRA, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act. Vermont Tier II requirements can be found here.
Tier II reports are due yearly on March 1st. If your facility acquires a new chemical, you need to update and submit your Tier II report within 90 days of exceeding reporting thresholds regardless of the date that occurs. All Extremely Hazard Substance (EHS) facilities are required by statute to have a representative at all LEPC meetings.
Notification Procedures for Release of Reportable Quantity
The three calls that are REQUIRED to be made immediately (within one hour) of a release:
The Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry provides step-by-step advice to organizations on how to create and maintain a comprehensive emergency management program - http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/3412
VT Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security training - http://demhs.vermont.gov/training
Vermont Fire Academy - http://firesafety.vermont.gov/fire_training/classes
Vermont Police Academy - http://vcjtc.vermont.gov/training