Local Emergency Planning Committee

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What is a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)?

A Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a gathering of representatives that have an interest in hazardous materials safety. As a group they will identify potential risks that the community faces from hazardous chemicals stored on or transported in and through your community. The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) seeks ways to help minimize the risks, prevent accidents, and assist in the development of plans to respond to a chemical emergency. Another core component of a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is education. Through the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) the public will be able to seek information about chemicals in their community and identify safety plans within their own families.

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

Why do I need a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)?

Your community needs to know they are safe and there are plans in place to assist with accidental chemical releases. Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) it was mandated that Local Emergency Planning Committees be formed as a means of allowing communities to assess their risks from hazardous chemicals and a way for the public to exercise its Right to Know.

Who is responsible for forming a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)?

Under the Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS), the Arizona State Emergency Response Commission (AZSERC) has designated each of the fifteen (15) counties as a local emergency planning district to implement Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

What is the Arizona State Emergency Response Commission (AZSERC)?

Arizona State Emergency Response Commission (AZSERC) oversees the fifteen Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and supports community, industry and government and academia in; planning, release and incident reporting, data management guidance for inventory reporting, public disclosure of information about hazardous chemicals in Arizona as well as development of training and outreach programs. 

For more information on La Paz County LEPC, Please Contact Mimi Hernandez/LEPC Coordinator:  928-667-2461 or mhernandez@lapazcountyaz.org