LEPC March 2013
Full Committee Meeting
The LEPC Full Commitee met on March 15 at the Smuckers Plant on Winchester Road. The guest speaker was Keith Alexander from LGE-Kentucky Utilities. He shared how the utility company exercises their emergency response plan. Keith stated they try to train in abnormal conditions, such as no power, no computers, unfamiliar surroundings, etc. Their goals are to train often so responses and recovery become automatic and to educate ALL employees.
The Full Committee members approved all of the changes to the EHS plans along with the approval of three new EHS plans. Approval was also given to proceed with a public awareness campaign to include radio and television ads. Following the Full Committee meeting was a tour of the Smucker Plant conducted by John Helfenberger, Smucker's HSE Coordinator. Prior to the tour, John made sure everyone was safely attired (view the pictures in the Photo Gallery located on this page). At the end of the tour, John sent everyone home with a complimentary jar of peanut butter. Thank you, John, for a fascinating afternoon!
Welcome to LEPC
The primary mission of the Fayette Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is to develop and implement a community emergency response plan for releases of Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS); provide an interface between facilities handling EHS and the public; and provide education for appropriate protective actions to the community.
Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA or SARA Title III) was passed by Congress in 1986. The state counterpart law for Kentucky is found in KRS Chapter 39. SARA Title III has two main purposes: it establishes authorities for emergency planning and prepardedness at the community and state level; and provides local governments and the public with information about hazardous chemicals in their community through reporting measures. Most importantly, SARA Title III has established new relationships among levels of government, industry, institutions, environmental groups, the press and citizens.
FREE Family Emergency Kits Available
The Fayette Local Emergency Planning has a limited number of family emergency kits available for use as fundraising items for local non-profit organizations. The kits include a NOAA weather radio, fire extinguisher, flashlight, batteries and other items that would be needed during the first 72 hours of a community emergency.
The kits are FREE, but your organization needs to apply for a kit. Send us an email, with the name, address and membership of your organization and how you would use the Fayette LEPC emergency kit in your activities.
The awards committee will review your application and make the award on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, please contact the public information officer for the Fayette LEPC, John Bobel, via email to: email@example.com
To send the LEPC an email with your application, click here.
Everyone should have a working NOAA all-hazards weather radio in their home and another in their workplace. Newer radios can be programmed so that they only sound alarms for local weather warnings and emergencies.
Radio and television stations will have essential information about an emergency. The primary emergency notification system radio station in central Kentucky is WUKY-FM. The Division of Emergency Management operates a travelers information radio station at 1620 AM and it broadcasts weather and emergency information when necessary. All four Lexington television stations provide current weather and emergency information as well as GTV3.