Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC-6)



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

Meeting minutes and agendas:  Please go to LEPC-6 page in the WRC committees section of this web site.

Questions can be directed to LEPC-6 Secretary Alyssa Sabetto at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (802) 257-4547 ext. 113.

Upcoming Meetings

February 20, 2018 LEPC meeting topic: Hospitals and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Rule Change
Meeting time: 12:00 pm, Meeting Place: Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Tyler Conference Room on the first floor, 17 Belmont Ave, Brattleboro, VT 05301

In 2016 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services set as final rule, in the Conditions of Participation, a segment addressing Emergency Preparedness. The rule became enforceable November of 2017. The rule encompasses 17 different supplier types including: Long Term Care Facilities, Psychiatric Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Acute Care Hospitals. Each facility must demonstrate an active Emergency Preparedness Program that takes in to account: risk assessment and planning; policies and procedures; a communications plan and training and testing. The rule further emphasizes the need for facilities to develop plans that address from an “all hazards” approach to those issues germane in their respective communities. Furthermore, the rule dictates that the facilities develop exercises in collaboration with their community partners including other healthcare providers and responders. This meeting will host Brian Richardson, Paramedic and Director of Emergency Services at BMH, to help us explore the rule and how it impacts local providers and the region-wide community. There will also be a tour of the emergency management tools at BMH.

March 20, 2018 LEPC meeting topic: The Vermont Homeland Security Unit (VTHSU)
Meeting time: 5:30 pm, Meeting Place: Putney Fire Department (rear meeting room), 21 Carl Snyder Drive, Putney, VT 05346

With the reorganization of Vermont Emergency Management, the Vermont Homeland Security Unit (VTHSU) is back with the Vermont State Police. VTHSU has created a state strategy and funding priorities for Homeland Security for the next several years and upcoming grant cycle.
Rick Hopkins will present and discuss VTHSU’s programmatic and funding priorities in the strategy, and what funding priorities are available currently.

April 17, 2018 LEPC meeting topic: Vermont Emergency Management Training and Exercise Opportunities
Meeting time: 12:00 pm, Meeting Place: Dummerston Fire Department, 1098 East West Road, Dummerston, VT

Are you curious about what trainings are available to your organization? What about what an exercise is and how to conduct one? Rich Cogliano, VEM Southern Regional Coordinator, will talk about the training and exercise opportunities through VEM. Do you already know what trainings and exercises would your organization like to hold over the next two years? Now is the time to think about that and to discuss how Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) may be able to assist.

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. 

LEPC-6 requests that Tier II submissions be made electronically (file format .t2s) using the EPA Tier2Submit software to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . EPA provides this software at no charge. Tier2Submit generates electronic versions of the Tier II form. Tier2Submit can be downloaded here. A tutorial on how to fill out your Tier II form using EPA's Tier2 Submit software is available here. If facilities do not have access to download Tier2Submit, they can continue to provide hard copy reports. All information submitted pursuant to EPCRA regulations is publicly accessible, unless protected by a trade secret claim. You can request this information by contacting Alyssa Sabetto at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (802) 257-4547 ext. 113.

Notification Procedures for Release of Reportable Quantity

The three calls that are REQUIRED to be made immediately (within one hour) of a release:

If you have any questions related to hazmat response please contact the State Hazmat Team Chief Todd Cosgrove at 802-479-7586 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Presentation on The Role of the Local Public Information Officer after an Event, by Mark Bosma, Public Information Officer for the VT Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, PDF

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

Last Updated on 01 February 2018