Local Emergency Planning Committee #12 is dedicated to serving the responders of its 29 member towns (minus Hartland) in east-central Vermont through planning and preparation activities for incidents of all kinds, and to helping educate the citizens of the region with safety information and tips on emergency preparedness.
The LEPC is not a response agency and does not replace any local response agency, but rather is meant to help in local and regional emergency planning so that plans are coordinated and exercised. The LEPC also helps to facilitate training and serves as a clearinghouse for emergency information. LEPC bimonthly meetings serve as useful venues for sharing information, increasing networking among responders, and providing educational programs.
The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission staffs and administratively supports LEPC #12 as it is an unincorporated non-profit with no staff of its own. The LEPC does have members and officers distinct from TRORC. TRORC acts as the LEPC’s bookkeeper prepares minutes and facilitates the group at times. TRORC also uses some of its own base funding to help meet the resource needs of the LEPC.
LEPC is an acronym for Local Emergency Planning Committee. Vermont has 13 LEPCs that operate under the State Emergency Response Commission. LEPC #12 covers 29 member towns in east-central Vermont.
LEPC #12 is a local organization whose responsibilities are established by Vermont law (Title 20 VSA, section 32) and Federal laws (Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Sections 301-303, 40 CFR Part 355, and the Superfund Amendment and Re-Authorization Act (SARA), Title III). EPCRA is designed to provide local governments and the public with information about possible chemical hazards in their communities, and requires those who have certain amounts of chemicals to report them to the state and to the LEPC. SARA deals with emergency planning for responding to chemical accidents, and requires that emergency response plans be developed for responding to chemical emergencies which might happen in the United States. This responsibility was mandated to be handled on local levels through the establishment of LEPCs.
Vermont statute (20 VSA, section 32) also states that LEPCs must:
- Upon receipt of a notification of a release of a hazardous chemical or substance, insure that the local emergency response plan has been implemented.
- Work with local government emergency services, VEM, and the managers of facilities with hazardous chemicals on facility emergency plans.
- Review and evaluate local requests for funding and other resources and advise the state emergency response commission concerning disbursement of funds.
While LEPC #12’s statutory responsibilities are currently purely related to hazardous materials, the LEPC is taking an All-Hazards approach to its duties, ensuring that planning and exercises deal with a variety of emergencies. This is proper since many incidents, from floods to fires, involve hazardous substances. Also, the more responders train together for any type of incident, the better they will be able to deal with emergencies involving hazardous materials.
LEPC #12 welcomes your input and is committed to assisting the towns in its region, as well as the various agencies/organizations that take part in emergency management, in protecting lives and property.
LEPC Meeting Schedule
LEPC#12 currently meets on a bi-monthly basis of even months (February, April, June, August, October, December) on the third Thursday of each of those months. Agendas are posted on our events page.
- Bruce Martin (VT HazMat Chief), Chair
- Mark Belisle (Granville, Windsor County Sheriff), Vice Chair
- Tim Caulfield (Braintree), Secretary
- Brad Salzmann (Royalton, Gifford Hospital), Treasurer
Victoria Littlefield at [email protected]