About the Howard County LEPC

The purpose of the Howard County LEPC is to enhance Howard County’s preparedness and response to hazardous materials incidents by involving the government, private business, non-profit organizations and citizens in planning and preparing for such an incident. The Howard County LEPC will also act as an advisory committee to the Howard County Government in regards to emergency preparedness and response for hazardous materials and will fulfill any and all additional requirements articulated under the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). The EPCRA was enacted by Congress in 1986 Congress to ensure that government and the public had access to the information needed to plan for chemical emergencies. EPCRA required each state to establish a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), to create local emergency planning districts, and to establish an LEPC in each district. In addition to fulfilling its role with respect to hazardous chemicals, the Howard County LEPC has expanded its scope to include preparedness for all hazards and all communities.

Visit the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to learn about Tier II reporting and other EPCRA requirements.

Visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to learn more about EPCRA. 

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LEPC general meetings are open to all members of the public, the private sector, and government agencies who are interested in emergency preparedness. Participants include representatives of neighborhood associations, health care organizations, public safety agencies, schools; and other non-profit organizations, large and small businesses, and government agencies. 


LEPC general meetings are typically held quarterly. Each LEPC general meeting features speakers who present on topics of interest to the preparedness community in addition to Howard County government updates related to emergency management and preparedness. These meetings are free and open to the public. We encourage all interested community members to attend!

Our next Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meeting will be held on October 27th, 2016 from 9:30 am – noon at the Roger Carter Community Center. Coffee and a light breakfast will be served starting at 9:00 am. The program this quarter will be dedicated to an overview of the new Howard County Fire Code, specifically changes to Hazardous Materials permitting. Additionally, the program will provide emergency bleeding control training through Howard County's Stop the Bleed initiative. No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, immediate responders (previously known as bystanders) will always be first on the scene.  A person who is severely bleeding can die from blood loss in as little as five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly “stop the bleed.”  This is a great opportunity to receive training on how you can "Stop the Bleed." 

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October LEPC Flyer

October LEPC Agenda 

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Past LEPC Meetings

July 2016 LEPC Meeting - FBI Supervisory Special Agent Dan Gray presented on "The Cyber Threat Today."

July LEPC Agenda

April 2016 LEPC Meeting - Dr. Brian Flynn and Dr. Joseph Barbera presented on "Behavioral Health Factors in Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.” 

April LEPC Agenda

Dr. Brian Flynn presentation slides

January 2016 LEPC Meeting - Due to a winter storm that caused Howard County government closure, and an Emergency Operations Center activation, the Howard County LEPC meeting scheduled for January 27 had to be cancelled.

October 2015 LEPC Meeting - Dr. Dane Egli presented on "Smart Resilience in Turbulent Times: Why Adaptation and Contingencies are Vital Community and Regional Investments.”

October LEPC Agenda

July 2015 LEPC Meeting - "Unmanned Aircraft Systems: An overview by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office."

July LEPC Agenda

April 2015 LEPC Meeting - Due to a situation requiring a Howard County emergency response, the Howard County LEPC meeting scheduled for April 29 had to be cancelled.

January 2015 LEPC Meeting Anthony Rosano presented on "The Integration of Emergency Preparedness and Security: How Governments and Businesses Can Become More Resilient."

January LEPC Agenda