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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

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.

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