The West Florida Regional Planning Council administers a Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant (HMEP) throughout the region.  HMEP grants are used for the following: to develop, improve, and implement emergency plans; to train public sector hazardous materials emergency response employees for responding to accidents and incidents involving hazardous materials; to determine flow patterns of hazardous materials within a state and between states; and to determine the need within a state for regional hazardous materials emergency response teams.

In order to meet these grant goals, an annual “transportation-related” hazmat safety planning project is developed, and trainings for first responders are conducted.

Projects: HMEP Planning

Upcoming project: FY 2014-2015: Hazmat Area Plan

Prepare a HazMat Area Plan for counties served by volunteer Fire Departments and seasonal USFS paid staff – none of which operate a team trained or equipped to control a HazMat emergency.

Current Project FY 2013-2014: Faculty Hazards Analysis Summary

Develop a facility hazards analysis summary to be used by first responders and their dispatchers. Create a cross-reference two-part loose-leaf booklet, in a chart format, for each Section 302 facility (by county) within the district.

FY 2012-2013: Local Emergency Planning Committee Plan Exercise

Provide staff support to the LEPC to develop and conduct an exercise of the LEPC hazardous materials emergency plan. Use the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) guidelines to develop, conduct and evaluate the exercise. The following must be regional in scope to reflect an incident requiring a multi-jurisdictional or cooperative response and shall include a transportation element.

FY 2011-2012: Commodity Flow Study

Develop a commodity flow study of hazardous materials transported over selected corridors within the LEPC district.


In From Oct 2012-Sept 2013, the following first responders, public works, and facility personnel were trained in our District 1:

Course name
Hazardous Materials Awareness Level Training 204
Hazardous Materials Technician Level Training 636
Incident Command System 12
EPCRA How-to-Comply 63
Advanced Radiological Response Training 13
Shelter-in-Place for Chemical Emergencies 34
Total: 962

For more information about HMEP, please contact:

Kathy Ahlen
850-332-7976 x 210

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