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304 Albemarle Drive
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Chesapeake Local Emergency Planning Committee
|Phone: 757-382-6297||Fax: 757-382-8228|
|Chairman: William Reiske
||Vice Chairman: Patrick Lewis
|Address: Chesapeake LEPC, C/O Chesapeake Fire Department,
304 Albemarle Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322
The Local Emergency Planning Committee serves as the focal point for emergency response planning for emergencies involving natural disasters, hazardous materials and for the management of information within the City. The Committee is also responsible for the development and distribution of a local emergency response plan.
(Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act of Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986)
The LEPC is a product of federal legislation that was passed in the wake of the Bhopal disaster in India, where thousands of people died because of an accident involving hazardous materials.
To prevent similar occurrence in our communities, in 1986 Congress passed a law that establishes requirements for businesses and for federal, state and local governments regarding emergency planning and community right to know.
LEPC's are links between citizens, industry and the government. Because LEPC's are most familiar with the hazards in their own community, and because local citizens tend to be the first responders in an emergency, LEPC's are in the best position to assist local governments in developing emergency plans.
The role of an LEPC is to form a partnership with local governments and industries as a resource for enhancing hazardous materials preparedness. Membership comes from the local area, representing various organizations, agencies, departments, facilities and other groups within the district.
LEPC / CCC's VISION STATEMENT
By striving to meet specified goals stated in the strategic plan, Chesapeake LEPC / CCC's is an integral partner in emergency preparedness and response.