Office of Emergency Management

Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

What is the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)?   

Industries or agricultural sites that use, produce or store above a certain amount of extremely hazardous substances are required by law to plan for emergencies. Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) ensure that this law is enforced. The LEPC program is also known as SARA (Superfund Amendment Reauthorization Act) or EPCRA (Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know). Title III is the section of federal law that outlines the program.

Federal law provides for a State Emergency Response Committee (SERC) made up of volunteers to oversee the LEPCs. The Michigan State Police Emergency Management & Homeland Security Division staffs the SERC. In Michigan, each county is designated as a Local Emergency Planning district.

Helpful Links:

  • Kalamazoo County LEPC By Laws
  • Community Right to Know Act
    Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act ("SARA Title III") is also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). This act has four main components: Emergency Planning, Emergency Release Notification, Hazardous Chemical Inventory (Tier Two Report), and Toxic Chemical Release Inventory (TRI).

The Kalamazoo County Local Emergency Planning Committee meets quarterly, the first Wednesday at 3:00pm on the following months:  March, June, September, December

NOTE: Currently due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the LEPC is meeting vurtually via the ZOOM platform.

Contact the LEPC at:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 269-385-6111   NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the LEPC office is working remotely and may not have office phone access.