SERC Meeting Information

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) has been established within our state under SARA Title III.  The Commission established its Bylaws (PDF), which set forth, in part, its governing rules.


The purpose of the SERC is to develop and support programs of state and local governments and local university sponsored programs that are designed to improve emergency planning, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery capabilities, with special emphasis associated with hazardous chemicals. Specific responsibilities of the SERC include, but are not limited to, the following duties:

  • Receive and record written reports submitted under the Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Receive and record verbal emergency toxic chemical release reports.
  • Designate local planning districts and provide assistance to Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) in the development of an emergency response plan for their district.
  • Establish EPCRA community education and training programs that address mitigation, emergency preparedness, disaster response, and long-term disaster recovery.


The goals of SERC, through the Washington State Hazardous Materials Program, are to:

  • Help each LEPC to complete a hazardous materials emergency response plan.
  • Plan for chemical emergencies.
  • Provide hazardous chemical inventory reporting tools and data.
  • Provide toxic chemical release reporting procedures.

SERC Meetings

The SERC conducts quarterly public meetings in varying locations throughout the state.

2023 Public Meeting Notice Schedule (PDF)


September 2023

  • Agenda (PDF)
  • Minutes (Pending approval)

April 2023

February 2023

November 2022

September 2022

April 2022

February 2022

November 2021

September 2021

April 2021

February 2021

November 2020

September 2020

June 2020

November 2019

September 2019

    April 2019

    Feb. 6, 2019

    October 2018

    Sept. 17, 2018 (PDF)

    June 6, 2018

    February 2018

    Nov. 1, 2017