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Overview

Officers

Chair: Assistant Chief Eddie Saffell, Central Jackson County Fire Protection District

Vice-Chair: Assistant Chief Tim Richards, Olathe Fire Department

Second Vice Chair: Clyde Hicks, Emergency Management Coordinator, Honeywell Corporation

Staff Contact

Erin Lynch, 816/701-8390

The Mid-America Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) brings private industry together with public emergency response agencies in the Kansas City metropolitan region. The purpose of the LEPC is to help reduce the community’s risks from accidents involving hazardous chemicals through coordinated planning, training, exercises and public education.

The Mid-America LEPC includes representatives from fire departments and districts, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services agencies, private industry, city and county emergency management officials, the media and state and federal agencies. <Membership Roster> <Bylaws>

Businesses that work with or house hazardous materials are encouraged to participate in the LEPC. For more information, contact Erin Lynch, 816/701-8390.

The LEPC focuses on four primary work areas: planning, training, education and outreach, and "getting acquainted" — building familiarity among people and resources across jurisdictions and disciplines.

Emergency Response Planning

Chemicals are used by public and private facilities throughout our metropolitan area. These chemicals are used to provide essential services, like clean water, and to manufacture goods at area industries. Chemicals such as gasoline are transported daily along the area's highway and rail systems. Although companies that handle or transport these chemicals in the Kansas City area have excellent safety records, we need to plan for, and be capable of responding to, accidental releases of these chemicals.

The LEPC prepares and regularly updates a hazardous materials emergency response plan for the eight-county, bistate metropolitan area. The plan provides guidance to local communities to prepare for and respond to hazardous materials incidents.

Mid-America LEPC Service Area

The state of Missouri requires each county to form a local emergency planning committee to carry out the requirements of the federal law. Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Ray counties and the city of Kansas City, Missouri, formed a multi-county LEPC in 1987 with administrative support provided by MARC. Platte County joined the Mid-America LEPC in 1996.

In 2010, members of the Mid-America LEPC unanimously approved a merger with LEPCs in Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties.

Funding

The Mid-America LEPC is funded through fees paid by companies that are required to report the presence of hazardous materials at their facilities. A portion of the fees paid by companies to the Missouri Emergency Response Commission are provided annually to the Mid-America LEPC. In addition, the Mid-America LEPC receives other state grants and local contributions from Jackson County, Missouri.

Current priorities

  • Convene monthly meetings of industry and fire response agencies, other agencies and the public to reduce risks from hazardous materials incidents in the Kansas City region.
  • Update the inventory of locations of hazardous chemicals stored in the eight-county area (the Tier II database).
  • Continue outreach to area businesses to assist them in meeting state reporting requirements regarding hazardous chemicals.
  • Provide a forum for school officials to come together and discuss safety and preparedness strategies with each other and other officials.
  • Respond to requests from the public for hazardous materials information.
  • Apply for funding opportunities with the state of Kansas and the state of Missouri to support program goals.

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