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Local Emergency Planning Committees

Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) in Oregon

Below is a list of LEPCs currently recognized and operating in Oregon.  Facilities within an existing planning district and subject to the requirements of EPCRA Section 302, but not currently participating with their LEPC can use the contact information provided to make their status known to the appropriate organization.
The SERC continues to assist planning districts in their efforts to develop LEPCs across the state.  Facilities in areas currently unsupported by an LEPC are not out of compliance with the provisions of EPCRA, provided they have correctly reported their substance(s) and status as a Tier II facility on the Hazardous Substance Information Survey.  Once an LEPC is started in a currently undeveloped area, information about the committee will be sent out to subject facilities within the newly established planning district.
If you have questions about the start-up process, or existing LEPCs you can send an email to OR_SERC@state.or.us or call Sue Otjen at 503-934-8227 or Terry Wolfe at 503-934-8245.
For more information on the SERC, LEPCs, and their requirements as it relates to EPCRA, click on the following link. LEPC_SERC_FAQ_Sheet.pdf
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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  

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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 
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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. 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 application is closed.


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


The Gated Wye is a monthly newsletter published by the Office of State Fire Marshal.



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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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
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:

State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)
Susan Otjen, SERC Program Coordinator
Contact: 503-934-8227
Email: sue.otjen@state.or.us

Emergency Response Unit (ERU)
Mariana Ruiz-Temple, Assistant Chief Deputy
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

Manual for Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC Manual)

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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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