Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC)

Washington State has 43 Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC). These LEPCs, in concert with their respective local emergency management offices, conduct hazard identification, vulnerability analysis, and risk assessment activities for their jurisdictions. Federal and state statutes require LEPCs to develop and maintain emergency response plans based on the volumes and types of substances found in, or transported through, their districts.

Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant

Annually the Military Department, Emergency Management Division (EMD) applies for approximately $350,000 federal dollars through the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) program. EMD’s application is submitted for training and planning grant funds with a minimum of 75 percent being passed through to state and local jurisdictions as well as tribes to assist in their hazardous materials (HazMat) planning, exercise, and training activities. Due to the limited funding, applications for funding should focus on activities that maximize transportation safety to the community. The HMEP grant program prioritizes efforts that lead to the prevention of serious HazMat transportation related incidents, principally those of high consequence to people and the environment.

LEPC Contact Information

Should you have any questions or comments please contact:

HazMat/SERC/LEPC Program Manager
Emergency Management Division
Washington Military Department
Bldg 20; TA-20
Camp Murray, WA 98430-5122
(253) 512-7010