Greater Ketchikan Area Local Emergency Planning Committee
The Greater Ketchikan Area LEPC is pleased to be a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador under the NOAA's program to help our community and nation be weather ready.
Welcome to the Greater Ketchikan Area (GKA) Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Website
This website is designed for members of the LEPC, government officials and members of the community to share information. If you would like to join our mailing list, please go to the "Contact" page and send us your name and e-mail address.
The Greater Ketchikan Area LEPC keeps records in accordance with Section 324 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. This information is available to the public upon request.
Tier II Reporting Requirements
LEPC Meeting Dates, Times & Locations
The Greater Ketchikan Area LEPC meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month unless otherwise posted.
From May -- September, the LEPC meets at the Borough Office Building, 1900 1st Avenue, Ketchikan, Alaska.
From October -- April, the LEPC meets at the Downtown Fire Station, 70 Bawden Street, Ketchikan, Alaska.
Unless otherwise posted, the November Meeting is our Annual Meeting where elections are held for chair, vice chair and secretary.
The meetings start at noon and run approximately 1 hour.
What is the LEPC?
The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a federally mandated entity composed of state and local officials, business representatives and members of the press.
The role of the LEPC is to form a partnership with local governments and industries as a resource for enhancing hazardous materials preparedness. Local governments are responsible for the integration of hazmat planning and response within their jurisdiction. This includes ensuring the local hazard analysis adequately addresses hazmat incidents; incorporating planning for hazmat incidents into the local emergency management plan and annexes; assessing capabilities and developing hazmat response capability using local resources, mutual aid and contractors; training responders; and exercising the plan.
In the wake of the Bhopal disaster in India in the 1980's Congress passed the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), also known as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), in 1986. EPCRA establishes requirements for businesses and for federal, state, and local governments regarding emergency planning and community right-to-know (CRTK) reporting for hazardous chemicals. The CRTK provision in EPCRA helped increase awareness about the presence of chemicals in their communities and releases of these chemicals into the environment. Many State legislatures also enacted CRTK laws that are consistent with federal law. As a result, States and communities, working with industry, are better able to protect public health and the environment.
It's necessary for industry to be a part of that planning process to ensure facility plans are compatible with local emergency plans. Every regulated facility is responsible for identifying a facility emergency coordinator; reporting hazmat inventories annually to the LEPC, SERC, and local fire department; providing material safety data sheets (MSDS) or a list of hazardous chemicals; allowing local fire departments to conduct on-site inspection of hazmat facilities; and providing annual report of toxic chemicals released to EPA and the State. LEPCs are crucial to local hazardous materials planning and community right-to-know programs.
The membership comes from the local area and should be familiar with factors that affect safety, the environment, and the economy of the community. That expertise is essential as the LEPC advises the writers of the local emergency management plan, so that the plan is tailored to the needs of the planning district. In addition to its formal duties, the LEPC can serve as a focal point in the community for information and discussion about hazardous substance emergency planning, and health and environmental risks. Citizens may expect the LEPC to reply to questions about chemical hazards and risk management actions.