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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?

All Tier 2 information should be submitted to the following address in order to meet submission requirements to the local LEPC and El Paso Fire Department.

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

E-mail address: epfdtier2@elpasotexas.gov

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

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:

www.ready.gov

www.preparingtexas.org

www.dshs.state.tx.us