Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

LEPC

The mission statement of the lepc is "To enhance community resiliency and protect the enviroment from hazardous materials incidents through planning, preparation, and communication between citizens, businesses, and goverment."

What is a Local emergency Planning Committee?

  • Local Emergency Planning Committees were established under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. LEPCs are non-profit community organizations that must include in their membership, at a minimum, local officials including police, 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. LEPCs must assist in the development of emergency response plans, conduct annual reviews at least annually, and provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens. 

what are the required elements of a community emergency response plan?

  • Identification of facilities and transportation routes of extremely hazardous substances.
  • Description of emergency response procedures, on and off site.
  • Designation of a community coordinator and facility emergency coordinator(s) to implement the plan. 
  • Outline of emergency notification procedures. 
  • Description of how to determine the probable affected area and population by releases.
  • Description of local emergency equipment and facilities and the persons responsible for them. 
  • Outline of evacuation plans. 
  • A training program for emergency responders (including schedules)
  • Methods and schedules for exercising emergency response plans. 

the berrien county lepc meets quarterly. meetings are public and any interested community members are welcomed!

See below for a list of LEPC meeting dates.  Meeting notices, LEPC news, and meeting cancellations are posted through the EMHSD news feed.  You may sign up to receive these notices by clicking the following link for Emergency Management - Local Emergency Planning Committee News Flash. 

2022 Meeting Calendar

Date Time Location Proposed Minutes Adopted Minutes Agenda
02/15/2022 9:00 a.m. 701 Main Street, St. Joseph 02/17/2022 06/27/2022 02/15/2022
06/21/2022 9:00 a.m. 701 Main Street, St. Joseph 06/27/2022 08/16/2022 06/21/2022
08/16/2022 9:00 a.m. 701 Main Street, St. Joseph 08/16/2022   08/16/2022
11/15/2022 9:00 a.m. 701 Main Street, St. Joseph      

2021 Meeting Calender

Date Time Location
Proposed Minutes
Adopted Minutes Agenda
09/14/2021 9:00 a.m. 2149 E. Napier Ave. Benton Harbor 12/21/2021 09/14/2021
12/21/2021 9:00 a.m. 2149 E. Napier Ave. Benton Harbor        12/29/2021 02/15/2022 12/21/2021

2020 MEETING CALENDAR

Date
Time
Location
Proposed Minutes
Adopted Minutes
01/21/2020 9:00 a.m. 2149 E. Napier Ave. Benton Harbor
04/21/2020 9:00 a.m. Canceled
Canceled
Canceled
06/23/2020 9:00 a.m. Canceled
Canceled
Canceled
09/22/2020 9:00 a.m. Canceled
Canceled
Canceled
11/10/2020 9:00 a.m. Canceled
Canceled
Canceled

2019 Meeting Calendar

Date Time Location Proposed Minutes
Adopted Minutes
1/15/2019 CANCELLED
CANCELLED
   
2/19/2019 9:00 AM 2149 E. Napier Ave, Benton Harbor MI 03/21/2019
3/19/2019 9:00 AM 2149 E. Napier Ave, Benton Harbor MI 03/22/2019 04/17/2019
4/16/2019 9:00 AM 2149 E. Napier Ave, Benton Harbor MI 04/17/2019 05/21/2019
5/21/2019 9:00 AM 2149 E. Napier Ave, Benton Harbor MI 05/21/2019 06/18/2019
6/18/2019 9:00 AM 2149 E. Napier Ave, Benton Harbor MI 06/25/2019 09/17/2019
9/17/2019 9:00 AM 2149 E. Napier Ave, Benton Harbor MI 09/17/2019 11/12/2019
11/12/2019 9:00 AM 2149 E. Napier Ave. Benton Harbor, MI
11/12/2019 01/24/2020

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contact us

Berrien County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

c/o Berrien County Sheriff's Office

Emergency Management & Homeland Security Division

701 Main Street

Saint Joseph, MI 49085

Phone: (269) 983-7111 ext. 4915

Email: Tier2@berriencounty.org