Elkhart County's Emergency Management team also heads the Local Emergency Planning Committee to develop, document, and review a plan for environmental emergencies that could occur in Elkhart County. The following (from the EPA's website describes this committee in detail:
From the EPA site:
Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) must develop an emergency response plan, review the plan at least annually, and provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens. Plans are developed by LEPCs with stakeholder participation. There is one LEPC for each of the more than 3,000 designated local emergency planning districts. The LEPC membership must include (at a minimum):
Several elements and procedures are taken into consideration when creating a plan. Although not necessarily a complete list, some of the required piece of the plan includes:
The LEPC is dedicated to providing a safe, effective, and efficient plan in the case of an emergency. Elkhart County will continue to review these plans as needs grow and change. The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority, and this committee ensures a proper, well-timed, and executable plan is in place for an unforeseen environmental emergency.
Elkhart County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will be held at the Elkhart County 911 facility located at 22286 CR 28 Goshen, IN. All meetings are open to the public.