What is an LEPC?

Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) are groups of people just like you who share the mission of protecting the health and safety of their community from all types of incidents and disasters.

What do LEPC’s do?

LEPCs provide the opportunity for all those local organizations and individuals involved in responding to emergencies to work together,  get to know each other prepare and plan BEFORE an emergency occurs.

What is the Role of the LEPC?

The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) plays the critical role of providing information of existing chemical hazards in order for everyone to be better prepared to understand, manage, and respond to these potential hazards.  The LEPC does this by forming partnerships between responders, local governments, communities, businesses, media, academia, and the public.

Where the LEPC:

  1. Encourages Prevention by providing public information on the causes of hazardous material accidents.
  2. Encourages Preparedness through the development of Emergency Response Plans by entities handling, manufacturing, storing, transporting or disposing of hazardous chemicals.

In addition, the LEPC works with local businesses and industry operators to perform annual chemical inventories (Tier II Chemical Report) to rate and identify chemicals and hazardous materials.

Having this information available to local Fire Departments serves two purposes:

  1. Enhance response time to an incident with the right equipment and personnel.
  2. Immediately alerts first responders whether the public is at risk and advisories are warranted.

What about Tier 2 Reporting Requirements?

Tier II Administration: Texas Department of State Health Services, Tier II Chemical Reporting Program

Phone: 512-834-6603 or 1-800-452-2791 (toll-free within the state of Texas)

Email: tiertwohelp@dshs.state.tx.us

Webpage: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/tiertwo/default.shtm

Special Instructions: Texas is requiring facilities to use Tier2 Submit and requests that electronic Tier Two data files (created out of the Tier2 Submit version, not scanned pdf or word
documents) be submitted via email to T2Sdatafiles@dshs.state.tx.us. Please include a contact
name and telephone number in the body of the email for reference. If emailing is not an option,
then electronic data files may be submitted on CD or floppy disk via U.S. mail.

To avoid confusion, please do not send duplicate submissions of your Tier Two Report in any format with your filing fee. The TXT2 Number must appear on the Tier2 Submit State Fields screen, the check or money order for the fee payment, and in the email subject line. Fee payments must be sent by U.S. Mail to the address provided on the Filing Fee Payment Form. Go to http://www.texastiertwo.com Exit for further details.

Note: Submission of your electronic data file to DSHS Tier II Chemical Reporting Program serves as notification to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) for Tier II data. Facilities need not submit Tier II data to the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management as part of their annual filing. Requests for TXT2 Numbers or general assistance may be submitted via email to tiertwohelp@dshs.state.tx.us or via telephone at 800-452-2791 or 512-834-6603.

A new version of Tier2 Submit is created around November of each year. Download the latest
version of Tier2 Submit.

All Tier 2 questions should get directed to the email address below or by calling (915) 775-7300.

Mailing address: 6800 Delta Dr. El Paso, TX 79905

E-mail address: epfdtier2@elpasotexas.gov


What can YOU do?

  • Become involved in your LEPC.
  • Review and comment on your local emergency response plan.
  • Participate in decisions that affect the health and safety of the people in your community.

Please visit the following websites for more information on EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: