About LEPC

MISSION

To coordinate with the Clovis-Curry County Emergency Management Director and all first response agencies to make resources available to keep the community safe from the effects of hazardous materials and any other natural/man made hazards, and to assure effective response to all emergencies.

VISION

That the population of Curry County be well informed about the hazardous materials present in the community and know how to respond appropriately to emergencies.  Further, that businesses and agencies with hazardous material/operations are knowledgeable of their legal obligations under SARA Title III and the compliance processes made available through the Clovis/Curry County LEPC.

WHAT IS AN LEPC?

A “Local Emergency Planning Committee” or LEPC is a voluntary organization established to meet the requirements of the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act EPCRA, also known as the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act (SARA Title III), for emergency response planning.  EPCRA contains four major provisions:

  • Planning for a chemical emergency.
  • Emergency notification of chemical accidents and releases.
  • Reporting of hazardous chemical inventories (Tier II reports).
  • Toxic chemical release reporting.

Although these are the minimum requirements, the Clovis-Curry County LEPC has chosen to take a multi-objective “all-hazards” planning approach.

WHAT DOES AN LEPC DO?

Under EPCRA, the LEPC is the focal point for chemical emergency response planning and implementation in a community.  The LEPC’s key responsibilities are:

  • Assisting local governments in developing hazardous materials emergency response plans.
  • Evaluating the communities need for resources to respond to hazardous materials emergencies.
  • Processing requests from the public for information on hazardous chemicals in the
    community hazard assessment and vulnerability studies exercising response plans

WHAT DOES THE LEPC PROMOTE?

The Clovis-Curry County LEPC promotes emergency planning, preparedness, and public awareness, to protect the community from the potential impact of natural or
technological hazards of hazardous chemicals and substances, and related
disasters.

The LEPC serves as the link between citizens, industry, and government in emergency planning and preparedness for the community. Members participate in exercises, training, seminars and other special projects with others in the community to build team efforts.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE LEPC?

The Clovis-Curry County LEPC is comprised of dedicated volunteers, from city, county, state government representatives, local industry and organizations, medical, school districts, emergency response personnel and concerned citizens.

HOW CAN I HELP THE LEPC?

  • Participate as an active member by attending the meetings.
  • Provide your expertise or resources to the membership.
  • Participate on LEPC subcommittees.
  • Give a cash contribution from your facility or business, or as an individual donor.
  • Donate staff time to perform special projects, assist in planning exercises, perform data entry, etc.

To receive a copy of our membership application, visit the City of Clovis website here.