The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) was established by the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) requiring governments and industry to cooperate regarding emergency planning and “Community Right-to-Know” reporting on hazardous and toxic chemicals. States and communities, working with facilities, collaborate to improve chemical safety and protect public health and environment.
In addition to the hazardous materials responsibilities assigned by EPCRA, the Sterling/Logan Office of Emergency Management intends to use the LEPC as an all-hazards planning and mitigation committee to coordinate the local emergency operations plan (LEOP) and individual mitigation projects on a county-wide basis, as well as our local Citizen Corps Council.
The LEPC will meets regularly to decide matters of emergency planning and mitigation, coordinate efforts between the county and municipalities, and provide public input into the emergency management process.
Membership of LEPC’s include representatives from local government, law enforcement, fire, civil defense, public health, transportation, and environmental professionals, as well as representatives of facilities subject to the emergency planning requirements, community groups and the media. The LEPC’s are responsible for developing an emergency response plan and to review it regularly.
Current Planning Activities
In March and April of 2004, the Logan County Commissioners and Sterling City Council adopted the the first portion of the Logan/Sterling Emergency Operations Plan for adoption by the Logan County Board of Commissioners and the Sterling City Council. This “Basic Plan” lists major responsibilities in this community for each of the emergency response agencies, departments, as well as government administration, health care, communications, public health, and others.
View the Basic Emergency Operations Plan
Subsequent incident or functional-specific annexes to this plan have been added to the Basic Plan in order to provide more detailed information for the variety of disasters that may or will occur. These functional annexes include:
- Direction and Control
- Public Information
- Health, Medical, and Mortuary
- Law Enforcement
- Mass Casualty
- Flood/Dam Failure
- Resource Management
- Search and Rescue
- Winter Storms
- Mass Care
- Damage Assessment
- Animal Care and Control
The Logan County LEPC is continually reviewing and revising portions of the Logan County/City of Sterling Emergency Operations Plan. The revision process allows each participating discipline and agency to verify information and responsibilities within the plan, correct errors, identify missing elements of the plan, and provide guidance and coordination.
As part of any comprehensive planning effort, the Logan County LEPC coordinates exercises of this Emergency Operations Plan, as well as plans and procedures from other areas of the community, to ensure that plans encompass the large array of issues and problems related to disaster response. Proper exercises and exercise critique can lead to changes and improvements to the Emergency Operations Plan that will benefit the community when disasters strike.
Public Right to Know
The Logan County LEPC holds a primary responsibility to inform the public concerning government plans for disasters. As such, all planning meetings are open to the public and issues and discussions regarding this plan are open to public input. Requests for information concerning the Emergency Operations Plan should be directed to:
CERT Government Advisor
421 North 4th Street
Sterling, CO 80751