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 residents 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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Upcoming LEPC Meetings

Our next meeting will be held on July 18th. More details to come!




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. 



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Past LEPC Meetings


April 2024 LEPC-- Flood Preparedness Crash Course


January 2024 LEPC-- Understanding the Hazardous Materials Risk in Howard County, Maryland: How to be Prepared and be Aware



October 2023 LEPC--Cybersecurity Awareness Month


July 2023 LEPC- Amateur Radio: It's More Than Just a Hobby! 


April 2023 LEPC- Disaster Preparedness (National Financial Capability Month)

January 2023 LEPC- Human Trafficking 101


September 2022 LEPC- Extreme Weather in Howard County 

June 2022 LEPC- Summer Safety Tips Virtual Presentation

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September 2020 LEPC- Standard Petroleum Logistics Virtual Presentation

February 2020 LEPC - Maryland Public Health Association (MdPHA).

February LEPC Agenda 


November 2019 LEPC - Winter Safety with the Department of Fire and Rescue Services

November LEPC Agenda

Winter Safety Presentation Slides

September 24, 2019 Skywarn Winter Storm Class.  Couldn't make it in person?  Watch the full video here.


August 2019 LEPC - Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Training

August LEPC Agenda

August Speaker Bio

CISM Presentation Slides


May 2019 LEPC Meeting - Active Assailant Awareness Presentation

Unable to make the presentation?  Click here to watch the video!

May LEPC Agenda


March 2019 LEPC Meeting - Disaster Insurance, Natural Gas Safety, and Gas Boom Box Demo (rescheduled from February)

March LEPC Agenda



November 2018 LEPC Meeting - Disaster Financial Donations Management

Due to a winter storm the Howard County LEPC meeting scheduled for November 15th was cancelled.


August 2018 LEPC Meeting - Psychological First Aid Training

August Speaker Bio

August LEPC Agenda 


May 2018 LEPC Meeting - Deployment to the USVI for Hurricane Recovery & Disaster Insurance

May Speaker Bio - USVI Deployment

May LEPC Agenda


February 2018 LEPC Meeting - Top 5 Security Tips for Your Business/Organization

February Speaker Bio

February LEPC Agenda



August 2017 LEPC Meeting - Opioids in Howard County: A Call to Action

The Impact of Opioids in Howard County Presentation

Opioids - What You Can Do Presentation

August LEPC Agenda


May 2017 LEPC Meeting - Maryland Emergency Management's Public Sector Integration Program 

May LEPC Agenda

May LEPC Flyer


February 2017 LEPC Meeting - Community Hazard Handbook and ReadyHoCo

Feb LEPC Agenda

Feb LEPC Presentation



October 2016 LEPC Meeting - Howard County Hazardous Materials Permitting and Stop the Bleed

October LEPC Agenda

Stop the Bleed Presentation


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

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