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The Jackson County Local Emergency Personnel Committee (LEPC) exists to ensure the safety of the citizens of Jackson County by promoting hazardous materials safety throughout our community. The LEPC promotes the safety of all residents of Jackson County with respect to their potential exposure to hazardous materials which could be released into the environment.
The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), enacted as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), charged MEMA with establishing Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) throughout the state, thus, the Jackson County LEPC was created. The LEPC was originally designed to provide a forum for emergency management agencies, responders, industry, and the public to work together to evaluate, understand, and communicate chemical hazards in the community and develop appropriate emergency plans in case of accidental release of these chemicals. However, in recent years, the LEPC’s planning efforts have often been refocused to include planning for a variety of disasters that may affect our community; even taking an all-hazards approach to planning and no longer solely focusing on chemical emergency preparedness.