Emergency Planning

The Problem
Potential releases of hazardous and/or toxic materials from:
  • Oil / gas production
  • Onsite storage facilities
  • Pipelines
  • Railroad tank cars
  • Tanker trucks
The Solution
Effective planning and teamwork among critical groups, including:
  • Business / industry
  • Emergency responders
  • Governmental agencies
  • Informed citizens
  • The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
Emergency Plans
An emergency plan must include the identity and location of hazardous materials, procedures for immediate response to chemical accidents, ways to notify the public about actions they must take, names of coordinators at plants, and schedules and plans for testing the plan.
What to do in an Emergency Flyer
The State Education Resource Center (SERC) reviews the plan. The LEPC must test the plan through emergency exercises and update it at least annually.

LEPC's have the authority to request additional information from facilities for their own planning purposes or on behalf of others. LEPC's can visit facilities in the community to find out what they are doing to reduce hazards, prepare for accidents, and reduce hazardous inventories and releases. LEPC's can take civil actions against facilities if they fail to provide the information required under the act.

Helpful Resources
  • Community Awareness and Emergency Response - Program developed by the Chemical Manufacturers Association. Guidance for chemical plant managers to assist in taking the initiative in cooperating with local communities to develop integrated hazardous materials response plans.
  • Emergency Planning for Chemical Spills - Great resource with right-to-know links!
  • LEPC / SERC Net - This site was developed to help emergency planners and the public implement the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). It showcases LEPC / SERC homepages, provides access to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) information, and provides a discussion forum (conference) for users to address current issues related to emergency planning and community right-to-know at the local level.