In order to develop resilient communities, each county in Kansas is required to have a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), comprised of emergency response agencies, hospitals, industries, and community groups. Representatives from these disciplines come together to develop response and recovery plans for the hazards present in the community. Originally focused on chemical-related hazards, the LEPC has evolved to an all-hazards approach to public safety. Reno County has engaged citizens from many disciplines serving on the LEPC to ensure a prepared and resilient community.
Some of an LEPC's primary responsibilities include:
- Preparing and regularly reviewing their jurisdiction's Emergency Operations Plan, as well as coordinating training exercises for stakeholders on the Plan
- Collecting information on hazardous materials stored throughout the county
- Analyzing potential risks to the community
- Promoting the community right-to-know law to the public and provide educational materials / resources to the community
The LEPC makes information regarding hazardous chemicals stored in the community available to the public. More details on accessing this information can be found in our Public Notice.