The West Florida Regional Planning Council serves as staff to the West Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), which encompasses Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, and Bay counties. The two main goals of the LEPC are: to educate the community on hazardous materials that may exist in their neighborhoods and how to respond to any incidents that may occur; and to assist first responders in preparing for hazmat related emergencies.
Additionally, in compliance with the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), the LEPC:
- Prepares the regional hazardous materials emergency plan, which identifies facilities that use, produce and/or store hazardous substances in northwest Florida
- Collects data from local facilities that produce hazardous waste for use by the public and first responders
- Provides training workshops and technical assistance for local facilities and first responders, educating both on how to comply with reporting regulations under EPCRA
- Facilitates training courses for first responders and the three Regional Hazmat Teams including recurring training and exercises (i.e. tabletops, functional, and full-scale)
- Educates the community on EPCRA, Shelter In-Place, and Evacuations
Additionally, LEPC Staff at WFRPC can assist with access to public records on hazardous materials and chemicals in your community. Please contact staff for more information.
For more information about the LEPC or its subcommittees, please contact:
Jessica Sunday, LEPC Coordinator
850-332-7976, ext. 205