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LEPC Semiā€Annual MEETING NOTICE 

For more information and to register for the August 2022 meeting: Click Here

 

Tier II Reports

All Tier II reporters in Tuscaloosa County are required to file their annual reports electronically. Please send in your Tier II reports by emailing a .t2s file to lepc@tuscco.com. Click the button below for Tier II reporting instruction. Tier II submissions must be entered no later than March 1st.

About the LEPC

Since 1986, every community has been required by the Federal Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) to have a locally operated organization for developing hazardous materials response plans. The section that covers this is Title III, also known as the Emergency Preparedness and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA). These non-profit organizations are known as Local Emergency Preparedness Committees (LEPCs). LEPCs are tasked with providing support for first responder hazardous materials educations, community awareness, and disaster preparedness. They are made up of:

  • Police and Fire departments
  • Health care professionals  like EMS, Hospitals, and Public Health Agencies
  • Local businesses
  • Facilities that manufacture, store, or transport hazardous chemicals
  • Transportation officials
  • Emergency Management
  • Community environmental organizations
  • Other organizations that are important in the community

For more information on the LEPC program, follow the links below.

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Wally Wise Guy

Wally Wise Guy is a LEPC creation. Wally is a helpful turtle mascot that teaches children how to shelter in place when responding to a chemical emergency. Why a turtle? Because turtles are great at sheltering in place which is what you should do in a chemical emergency!

How to Shelter In Place (SIP)

For a few tips for you and your family to shelter in place click: Shelter in Place

What is Shelter-in-Place?
In a situation where a serious hazardous chemical spill has quickly caused a toxic atmosphere, it may be more dangerous to go through those toxic vapors or to attempt to outrun them than to stay in an existing structure. Shelter-in-Place means to get to the inside of a building and remain there during a chemical emergency rather than attempting to evacuate the area. Shelter-in-Place is a viable option for protection against exposure to potentially dangerous airborne chemicals during an emergency.

Why Should I Shelter-in-Place?
During a hazardous materials incident, the idea is to keep everyone's exposure to any chemical as low as possible. It is best to get out of the area and have no exposure, but in a sudden chemical release there may not be time to safely evacuate. In such cases, attempts to evacuate could place you at greater risk of exposure than if you had stayed in your home or workplace. Shelter-in-place is used when there has been a serious hazardous chemical spill that has quickly caused a toxic atmosphere and there is not enough time to safely leave the area. When you shelter-in-place, you take protective action in a structure to reduce exposure to toxic chemical levels. So, unless otherwise instructed to evacuate, sheltering-in-place could be the best way to safely wait out a hazardous chemical release.

 

LEPC Questionnaire

All facilities who report an EHS (Extremely Hazardous Substance) on their Tier II are also required to fill out the LEPC Questionnaire. A link to the questionnaire can be found here.

This questionnaire is required to be turned into the LEPC for review. Forms are stored in a secure area at the Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency. You may also include a copy of your emergency plan if desired (please email to lepc@tuscco.com).

The LEPC Questionnaire is essential for the review of the hazards in Tuscaloosa County by the LEPC Hazard Analysis Committee. The evaluation helps determine needs such as training, personal, and response coordination for the Tuscaloosa County Emergency Officials.

Once the questionnaire is complete it can be submitted to LEPC by lepc@tuscco.com