Thursday, October 30, 2014
Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

What is the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) 

In 1986 Congress passed the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act - SARA Title III.  This act entitled the State to develop the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), which entitled local communities to form Local Emergency Planning Committee’s. 

The LEPC was charged under the law to develop and maintain a Hazardous Materials Response Plan and monitor hazardous materials storage under Tier II reporting requirements for Cayuga County. 

The Cayuga County LEPC was formed in 1993 and has remained active in hazardous materials planning, hazard analysis, and awareness of local hazardous materials storage through Tier II reports. 

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the LEPC took on an “all hazards” approach to planning, and is an integral part of the development and maintenance of the Cayuga County Comprehensive Emergency Response Plan (CEMP).

Who makes up the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

The Cayuga County LEPC is made up of volunteers that represent a cross section of our community.  Included are Local Elected Officials, Local, County & State Emergency Management representatives, Local & County Health & Human Services representatives, Hospital and Emergency Medical Services representatives, Local, County & State Law Enforcement Officials,  Local, County and State Fire Officials, Local and County Planning representatives, Local Educational System representatives, Local Public Service & Utility Companies, Local & County Industry representatives, Local, County and State Highway & Transportation Department representation, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, such as American Red Cross & Salvation Army representatives, and Citizens at Large representation.

These community representatives work hand-in-hand with the County Emergency Management Office to plan for the successful handling of natural and man made emergencies and disasters in Cayuga County.  Being part of the LEPC offers the opportunity to become intimately involved in the process that is Emergency Management.  To become part of the Local Emergency Planning Committee please contact the LEPC or the Director of Emergency Services, Brian Dahl at

LEPC Officers

President -         Niel S. Rivenburgh, Cayuga County Office of Emergency Services

Vice President -  Ed Magdziak, American Red Cross

Secretary -         Denise Spingler, Cayuga County 911