State Emergency Response
Commission (SERC) and Local
Emergency Planning Committee
(LEPC)
“Alabama's coordinating agency for disaster preparedness, response,
and recovery.”
Creation of the Alabama SERC
Alabama Executive Order Number 4:
Alabama Executive Order Number 4:
Appoints the Alabama Emergency
Management Agency (AEMA) and the
Alabama Department of Environmental
Management Agency (ADEM) to carry out
the provisions on the EPCRA Act and
established the Alabama State Emergency
Response Commission (SERC).
Executive Order 4 Responsibilities
• AEMA: Appoint local emergency planning
districts to facilitate preparation and
implementation of emergency plans and
training for local planning and response
organizations.
• ADEM: Maintain jurisdiction over chemical
releases, serve as the repository of the lists of
chemical inventory forms, and provide public
access to the lists, forms, and information.
Executive Order 4 Responsibilities
Hazardous Materials Advisory Group:
• All appointed provide information to their
counterparts in membership and
assistance as needed.
• Disseminate information to public and
private sector.
SERC Goals
• Assist LEPCs with hazardous materials
emergency response plans
• Share hazardous chemical information
• Provide release reporting procedures
• Administer the HMEP Grant
What is an LEPC
A Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
exists to be a forum for emergency management
agencies, responders, industry and the public to
work together to evaluate, understand, train
about, coordinate and communicate chemical
hazards in the community and develop
hazardous materials emergency plans
LEPC RESPONSIBILITIES
• To provide a planned coordinated response
to hazardous materials releases in a way
that minimizes the impact on the
community and it’s citizens
• To develop and manage the emergency
response plans dealing with accidental
releases from facilities
• To distribute information to the general
public
LEPC GOALS
• Determine the degree of hazardous materials
located in and moving through the local
emergency planning district
• Determine the trained response personnel
and resources
• Evaluate the effectiveness of emergency
response plans
• Determine at risk populations and safety
measures needed
LEPC MEMBERS
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Law Enforcement
Fire
Transportation
Media
Utilities
Industry
EMA
Government
Medical
Media
General Public
REPC CONCEPT
• At present, each county in Alabama is a local
emergency planning district
• A regional concept proposes an REPC (Regional
Emergency Planning Committee) in each EMA
division in the state
• Each division would be a local emergency
planning district
• A REPC is composed of several counties who have
formed a working relationship in order to
accomplish an operational response to hazardous
materials incidents at fixed facilities
REPC BENEFITS
• Line up with the already established EMA
divisions throughout the state
• Would encourage cooperation among
counties and enhance the planning process
• Would reduce operational costs and would aid
in grant application and funding
• Would enhance the response efforts and
identify resources
• Would enhance training efforts
MAJOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
FACILITIES
• DIVISION A – State Port, Southeast Shipyards, Dupont,
McPherson Company
• DIVISION B – Wayne Farms, Farley Nuclear Plant
• DIVISION C – Nucor, Hunt Refining, Peco Foods
• DIVISION D – Hyundai Plant, Rheem Manufacturing
• DIVISION E– Hillshire Brands, Mar-Jac Poultry
• DIVISION F – Cinram Group, BASF Corporation, Browns
Ferry Nuclear Plant
• DIVISION G – American Cast Iron Pipe, Vulcan
Threaded Products, RMC
CONTACTS
Robert Thomas
Earl Alexander
Operations Section Chief
robert.thomas@ema.alabama.gov
205-280-2233
Infrastructure Branch Director
earl.alexander@ema.alabama.gov
205-280-2253
Marieke Fendley
Robert Baylis
Planning Section Chief
marieke.fendley@ema.alabama.gov
205-280-2243
EM Planner
Robert.baylis@ema.alabama.gov
205-280-2453
QUESTIONS??