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Local Emergency Planning Committees

Community Capability Assessment

The Community Capability Assessment (CCA) process is a systematic, three-phased approach that aids emergency responders in evaluating, coordinating and enhancing the cohesiveness of their emergency response plans.
For more information click on the following link: Community Capability Assessment  

Community Capability Presentation - Overview (Adobe PD)  - April 2011

Community Capability Presentation - Overview (PowerPoint) - April 2011

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Community Awareness & Emergency Response (CAER)

ECHO (Emergency Communications for Hazardous Operations)
Contact Information
   Brian Bailey, Siltronic Corporation 
   Phone: 503-219-7801
   Email: brian.a.bailey@siltronic.com
ECHO CAER Brochure
Schedule of Meetings:
   Second Thursday each month (September through June)
   10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location (unless otherwise specified):
    Galvanizers, Inc.
    2406 N.W. 30th
    Portland, OR 
2014 Newsletter

2012 Newsletter  

2011 Newsletter  
January  June
February  September
March  October 
April  November
May (includes mtg information for June)       December                                           

2010 Newsletter                               
January  June
February September
March October
April November
May December



Hazardous Substance Incident Surveillance System -Oregon 10-14-10 (Adobe PDF format) 
HELP (Hazard Evaluation and  Emergency Local Planning) 
Contact Information
   Karen Reynolds, Mt. Hood Community College 
   Phone: 503-491-7495
   Email: karen.reynolds@mhcc.edu
Schedule of Meetings
    Quarterly Meetings -
          First Wednesday of the month (March, June September and December)
          Next Meeting Date:  December 7, 2011
          10:30 a.m. to Noon  
(Special agenda meeting will be held, if necessary, between quarterly meetings)
Location (unless otherwise specified):
    Gresham City Hall 
    1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway 
    Gresham, OR

2011 Newsletter  
2010 - Newsletter 


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FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Brochure
The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers free on-line courses for individuals who have emergency management responsibilities, as well as the general public at no charge. See website for specific enrollment qualifications.

LEPC 2013 Convention in Seaside - Agenda with links to powerpoints


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Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant

The Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety and Security Reauthorization Act of 2005 authorizes the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide assistance to local, state, and tribal governments through training and planning grants for emergency response. The purpose of this grant program is to increase effectiveness in safely and efficiently handling hazardous materials accidents and incidents, enhance implementation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986, and encourage a comprehensive approach to emergency training and planning by incorporating the unique challenges of responses to transportation situations. 

The HMEP Grant aplication is open through March 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Otjen at 503-934-8227 or sue.otjen@state.or.us.

Application Kit (Word)

Application Kit (PDF)


Code of Federal Regulations Title 49 -- Transportation, Chapter I -- Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, Part 110 -- Hazardous Materials Public Sector Training and Planning Grants

Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazardous Materials Exercise Evaluation Methodology manual

HMEP Activities Guidance (Revised April 2013)

HMEP Request for Reimbursement

National Response Team Developing a Hazardous Materials Exercise Program: A Handbook for State and Local Officials 

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Media and Newsletters

Focus on Oregon, a newsletter for Local Emergency Planning Committees

June 2009

The Gated Wye is a monthly newsletter published by the Office of State Fire Marshal with a monthly column dedicated to Oregon's Local Emergency Planning Committees.



How to use CHEMTREC (14 minute video)

Need for Chemical Emergency Preparedness (20 minute video)

This video released by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) shows the need for emergency response agencies, companies, and communities to work closely together to prepare for chemical accidents. The video is based on CSB Accident Investigations of chemical accidents over the past ten years.



Private Sector Advisory (FBI - Dept of Homeland Security)

Common examples and how you can help (click on link for poster):

Do you buy, sell, or use hazardous chemicals?

Do you buy, sell or use peroxide products?

Are you aware of suspicious behavior?

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Planning and Training Assistance (PATA)

The Planning and Training Assistance (PATA) staff provide planning and training assistance to agencies and organizations throughout Oregon to pre-plan for hazardous materials incidents.
For more information click on the following link:  Planning & Training Assistance (PATA) 

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Studies, Surveys, and Publications

Open for Business (IBHS) Learn How to Protect Your Business (Continuity) - July 2010
Albany OR  by Andre LeDuc
Shelter in Place for Employers and Facilities- November 2010
Albany OR by Derek White
Shelter in Place
Schools are required by state law to conduct drills for fire, earthquake, and tsunami where  appropriate.
Oregon Emergency Management, Oregon Fire Marshals Association, Oregon School Resource Officers Association, and Special Districts Association of Oregon partnered with Office of State Fire Marshal  (OSFM) to provide schools with information about conducting drills for fire, earthquake, shelter-in-place, and lock down. This information is assembled into a School Resource Guide to Evacuation Planning.
The guide is intended to ensure consistency in the messaging about school fire evacuation planning, drills and reporting. OSFM recommends using the Emergency Evacuation Drill Record if the fire department, school district, or local school does not have a standardized form.
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State LEPC Contact Information

The Office of State Fire Marshal staff is available to assist industries, businesses, community groups, local governments, and citizens in understanding the many facets of Local Emergency Planning Committee activities and outreach.  
Primary Contact:

Emergency Planning
Susan Otjen, Assistant Chief Deputy
Contact: 503-934-8227
Email: sue.otjen@state.or.us

Emergency Response Unit (ERU)
Mariana Ruiz-Temple, ERU Manager
Contact: 503-934-8238
Email: mariana.ruiz-temple@state.or.us

Community Right to Know Information Request
Hazmat Information Assistant
(503) 373-1540 ext. 353
Email: sfm.cr2k@state.or.us
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Manual for Local Emergency Planning Committees

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Available Internet Resources

State Resources 
Federal Resources
Other Resources 
Region 10 Regional Response Team / Northwest Area Committee 
The Region 10 Regional Response Team (RRT) is responsible for regional planning and preparedness. They provide a forum for federal and state agencies to exchange information about their abilities to respond to on-scene coordinators’ requests for assistance. Members of the RRT do not respond direct to releases or spills. The team may be called upon to provide technical advice, equipment, or workers to assist with a response. Approval of the RRT is required for implementing certain response techniques.
The Northwest Area Committee(NWAC) consists of personnel from federal and state agencies who coordinate response actions with tribal and local governments and the private sector. Area committees are responsible for developing Area Contingency Plans. The committees work with the response community to develop procedures to expedite decisions for the use of alternative response measures.
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FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Brochure 
The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers free on-line courses for individuals who have emergency management responsibilities, as well as the general public at no charge. See website for specific enrollment qualifications.

LEPC 2013 Conference in Seaside:

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