Local Emergency Planning Committee
The Local Emergency Planning Committee is a product of federal legislation
passed by Congress
after the disaster
in Bhopal, India, where thousands of people died from an accident involving
chemicals. To prevent similar accidents in our communities, in 1986 Congress
Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), also known
as SARA Title III.
requirements for businesses, and for federal, state, and local governments
and community-right-to-know reporting for hazardous chemicals. This helps
about the presence of chemicals in their communities and any releases of
environment. The State of Idaho also enacted the
Hazardous Substance Emergency Response Act
(Idaho Code: Title
39, Chapter 71).
LEPCs are the link between citizens, industry and the government. The
membership comes from the local
area and is familiar
with factors that affect public safety, the environment, and the economy of
community. In Gem County
the LEPC tasks have been expanded beyond just chemical hazards to include
discussion about emergency planning, training and exercising, for all
For more information
contact the LEPC Coordinator at
Emergency Response Team
CERT is a FEMA sponsored nationwide program where members can assist others
by applying the basic response and
organizational skills they learn in training. These skills can help save
and sustain lives following a disaster and apply to
Locally, CERT training can be arranged for neighborhood or other community
groups. For more information contact the
CERT Coordinator at
Gem County CERT or visit our website at
Gem County’s Community Emergency Response Team also has specialized training
for assisting first responders –
this participation is available to NIMS and
ICS trained CERT members.
County’s CERT Mission Statement
Mission Statement is to assist the communities of Gem County in disaster
and emergency softy awareness,
education and training in disaster preparedness, and to provide assistance
to Gem County Emergency Services.
What resources are available for
disaster preparedness information?
some good resources available online and locally to help you prepare
yourself and your family for a disaster.
What can I do
to protect my family now?
What should I do when a disaster happens?
you and your family are safe.
directions of law enforcement for evacuations or sheltering in place.
and do what you can to assist in your home and neighborhood.