The Role of the
Local Emergency Planning

History of the LEPC
• Enactment of the Emergency Planning &
Community Right-to-know Act (EPCRA)
– Section 301 – Established the State Emergency
Response Commission (SERC)
– Section 303 – Mandated the establishment of
the Local Emergency Planning Committee
– Established by Counties in North Carolina

• SERC – State Emergency Response Commission
– Coordinates hazardous material planning, preparedness,
response, and mitigation issues at the state level
– Appoint and supervise the LEPCs
– Has moved to become more “all-hazards” rather than just
• LEPCs – Local Emergency Planning Committee
– Coordinates hazardous material planning, preparedness,
response, and mitigation issues at the local level
– Develop and maintain a written community level hazardous
materials emergency response plan.

Responsibilities to the Community
• Developing a HAZMAT emergency response plan:
– Identify the facilities
– Identify transportation routes used for HAZMAT
– Develop methods of notification & response procedures
– Designate coordinators
– Assess & identify emergency equipment & personnel
– Identify evacuation routes
– Training
• Identify needs
• Develop a schedule for training and exercising the plan

Responsibilities to the Local Businesses/Facilities 
Regulated Facilities*
• A point of contact for receiving information:
– Receive their emergency planning notifications
– Receive their emergency coordinator designations
– Tier II Reports & MSDS Lists
• Enforce their compliance
• Request information on others behalf

* Regulated facilities can enter their information via the link provided below.

Duties to the General Public
• Establish procedures for receiving and processing
public requests
• Appoint an information coordinator
• Designate a location for the public to review
• Publish an annual notification announcing the
availability of the emergency plan

LEPC Membership

  • Membership in the Person County LEPC includes: local elected official, emergency services representative, public health representative, community group representative, owner/operator of an EHS facility, local media representative, and others
  • Person County LEPC meets quarterly