Kitsap County News

  
2/28/2019

Interested in helping to plan for public safety from hazardous materials in the event of an emergency? Citizens are sought to serve on the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) through the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management. The committee is meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 20 at the Norm Dicks Center, 345 6th Street, Bremerton.

Anyone interested in joining the committee is encouraged to attend. The meeting is open to the public.

Citizens join first responders, emergency planners and industry representatives to ensure adequate plans are in place to respond to hazardous material incidents and that the public is informed of chemical hazards in their communities. The committee meets once or twice per year.

LEPCs were established as part of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act that was passed in 1986 in response to concerns about the environmental and safety hazards that the storage and handling of toxic chemicals pose.

For questions about serving on the Kitsap County Local Emergency Planning Committee, contact Tom Malley, State of Washington Region 2 Department of Homeland Security Coordinator, at tmalley@co.kitsap.wa.us.

To learn more about LEPCs, go to www.epa.gov/epcra/local-emergency-planning-committees. More information on the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act is available at www.epa.gov/epcra/what-epcra.

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