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LEPC Sub-Committees

LEPC Subcommittees Roles and Responsibilities

FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE

Responsibilities/Goals:

 

  • Management of the LEPC budget and accuracy of expenditures entered under oversite of Treasurer.

  • Maintaining appropriate paperwork for 501(c)(3) status for annual budget auditing process.

  • Obtain budget recommendations from each subcommittee chair by November of each year.

  • Submit grant application requests to appropriate funding sources for all proposed and approved subcommittee projects.

  • Examining and recommending funding sources.

  • Prepare Financial Report in advance as an attachment with General Meeting Agenda and review Budget/Finance information during the Finance subcommittee report.

Chair - Richard Cantu

Vice Chair – TBA

RISK AWARENESS, COMMUNICATIONS AND PLANNING SUBCOMMITTEE

Responsibilities/Goals:

  • Writing and publishing public notices.

  • Establishing an information retrieval system from the public.

  • Ensuring compliance with Right-to-Know laws.

  • Performing citizen/neighborhood/school outreach to inform them of plans and other information that is available. Develop publications for residents outlining the hazards in the community and the provisions contained in the emergency plan, including expected public actions.

  • Conduct media outreach describing the LEPC, its function, and the actions the public should take in the event of an emergency, i.e. hold a meeting/conference of potentially affected institutions (schools, hospitals, factories, stadiums, etc.) located within the vulnerable zones.

  • Maintain Public Alert & Notification Systems i.e. I-Info System including systems such as LEPC website, social media account, and publish contact information in a public place as well as including information for public Sheltering-n-Place, Evacuation and home safety plans.

  • Assisting in the revision of the hazardous materials response portion of the emergency operations plan/emergency action guidelines for the County.

  • Establishing a vulnerability zone determination methodology.

  • Establish and maintain an emergency response and communication system between federal, state, and local government response personnel and site facility response personnel that is consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-5).

  • Review and document the off-site plans for each Section 302 site.

  • Ensure the review of the Emergency Response Plan annually.

 

Chair - Ryan Garza

Vice Chair – Michelle Myers

EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

Responsibilities/Goals:

 Collecting Occupational Health and Safety training information and compliance statistics.

  • Establishing an exercise schedule and coordinating it with the local emergency management.

  • Program prioritizing and coordinating training for chemical emergencies as well as All-Hazard responses.

  • Being familiar with state, local, and federal laws which impact the hazardous materials/All hazards planning process.

  • Researching the community's resources for emergency response capabilities.

  • Identifying alternative resources upon which the community may draw in times of emergencies or disasters.

  • Updating the local resource manual and contact information at Site Facilities.

  • Identifying other volunteer or in-kind contributions.

  • Developing emergency response procedures for local government/response personnel that may be utilized in hazardous materials/All hazards’ responses including but not confined to site facilities, transportation, rail, water/waste facilities, etc. within Beeville/Bee County.

  • Establishing local Incident Command System (ICS) procedures to strengthen and coordinate local government emergency response. 

  • At each facility for which site-specific emergency procedures are developed, hold a tabletop top type drill periodically. At a minimum, the local emergency management coordinator, local fire chief(s), and facility emergency coordinator should be involved. These persons can review the plan and discuss operating procedures. Information from the After-Action Report from the group responders in the drill can help to update any requirements for plan changes they believe are necessary to the LEPC to meet EPRCA requirements.

  • Annually, the LEPC should choose one facility or entity for which site-specific emergency procedures are developed and hold a full-scale exercise. This exercise should involve all emergency responders and should be located at the emergency site facility identified in the plan. They should respond to a hypothetical incident at the site, as they would in real life. The facility & LEPC emergency responders need to be involved in developing the scenario. This exercise is often held in conjunction with the facility exercising its own procedures. Response teams will be deployed to the site to test procedures to meet EPRCA requirements.

 

Chair – Rob Reyes

Vice Chair - TBA

PIPELINE DAMAGE PREVENTION SUBCOMMITTEE

Responsibilities/Goals:

 Promote safety & identification of pipelines in Bee County.

  • Educate citizens/construction/plumbing companies to utilize 811 before digging in town or outside of City limits and promote the Texas One-Call System.  

  • Facilitate communication between local government and responders regarding potential and actual pipeline emergency incidents, including Pipeline Safety & rule updates from Texas Railroad Commission and U.S. Department of Transportation.

  • Make available safety brochures to Beeville/County citizens

 

Chair – Ty Huser

Vice Chair - Open (Pipeline rep)

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