Lynchburg Local Emergency Planning Committee

Meetings

  • 2 pm
  • Quarterly on the 3rd Wednesday (January, April, July, October)
  • Lynchburg Department of Emergency Services
    3621 Candlers Mountain Road
    Lynchburg, VA 24502
  • The meeting location is subject to change based on room availability and the type of space needed for the meeting's planned presentation.
  • For more information regarding the LEPC meetings or to verify upcoming meeting locations, please contact the Director of Emergency Services, Melissa Foster, at 434-455-4290.

Overview

In 1986, Congress passed a law that establishes requirements for businesses and for federal, state, and local governments regarding emergency planning and community right to know. This followed the Bhopal Disaster in India, where thousands of people died because of an accident involving hazardous materials. LEPCs are links between citizens, industry, and the government. The role of an LEPC is to form a partnership with local governments and industries as a resource for enhancing emergency preparedness and in most cases hazardous materials preparedness. Membership comes from the local area, representing various organizations, agencies, departments, facilities, and other groups within the area. Virginia has 114 LEPCs which include cities or towns, counties, or joint LEPCs (which include a cooperating group of a county and one or more cities or towns).

Role of LEPCs

  • Appoint LEPC members.
  • Prepare and distribute a comprehensive chemical emergency response plan.
  • Review this plan at least once a year.
  • Evaluate the local resources needed to implement the program. There is no funding from the State. LEPCs may apply for federal grants.
  • Provide for public participation in these Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act (SARA) Title III emergency planning and preparedness activities.
  • Publish an annual reminder to the public on the availability of a local, chemical emergency response plan for review.
  • Establish procedures for receiving and processing facility reporting information related to Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Sections 302, 303 (Chemical Emergency Release Contingency Plan), 304, 311, and 312.
  • Establish procedures for processing requests from the public for the aforementioned information.

Note: Many LEPCs have taken the Sect. 312- Tier II reporting and downloaded into the Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) program or the Emergency Information Systems (EIS) used in the field during emergency response

The Lynchburg LEPC

The committee shall be composed of members who are appointed by the Lynchburg Emergency Management Coordinator and shall include, at a minimum, one representative from each of the following disciplines, with each member serving in only one membership category:

  • Local/state government
  • Law Enforcement
  • Emergency Management
  • Firefighting
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Health
  • Environmental
  • Transportation
  • Broadcast/Print Media
  • Industry
  • Community Groups
  • Hospital
  • Schools
  • Faith-based Groups