DES MOINES – Members of local emergency planning committees (LEPCs) are charged with keeping their communities safe and preventing damage to the environment when a toxic or hazardous chemical is spilled.
Sounds simple, but local, state and federal requirements are complex. Committee members can learn more about how to prepare chemical emergency plans and why planning before an emergency occurs is important in their community in an April 12 workshop.
“Communities are safer when local officials and industries plan together before an emergency strikes,” said Kathy Lee from the DNR’s emergency response unit.
The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cass County Community Center, 805 W. Tenth St., Atlantic. Register by April 5 by calling Elonda Bacon, Iowa DNR, at 515-725-0302 or online at www.iowadnr.gov/spills/
“I’m looking forward to the conference being in Atlantic,” said Mike Kennon, Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator. “It’s going to give members of our local emergency planning committee a chance to learn more about planning and perhaps give us ideas on how to expand our scope.”
Emergency management coordinators and other community leaders, safety coordinators from local industries and elected officials should plan to attend. They will learn more about the committee’s role in emergency planning, promoting awareness of chemicals in communities, and building cooperative relationships between local governments and industries. The workshop is also open to interested citizens.
Each Iowa county is required to participate in a regional or individual county LEPC.