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Completed Actions: Strengthening Community Planning and Preparedness

Assisted First Responders

  • DHS and EPA met with LEPCs and first responders across the country.  These meetings enabled first responders to identify and discuss potential methods to increase their preparedness and to share lessons learned.
  • The Working Group identified repositories of training sites that have content relevant to addressing chemical incidents for first responders and emergency managers. The EO website now leverages already established trainings.
  • In June 2014 OSHA held public meetings to gather stakeholder input as OSHA considers developing a new comprehensive emergency response and preparedness standard to integrate requirements of existing OSHA standards. OSHA will be forming a work group through the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health to seek further input.
  • Work with Congress to ensure all emergency responders - whether private sector, public employees, or volunteers - receive equal coverage under workplace safety and health standards, taking into account economic feasibility. The Working Group met with the Senate HELP Staff in July 2014 to discuss ensuring all emergency responders - whether private sector, public employees, or volunteers - receive equal coverage under workplace safety and health standards, taking into account economic feasibility. 

Upgraded Emergency Planning and Response Tools

  • EPA continued to upgrade its CAMEO suite of applications, available on line to emergency planners, first responders, and the general public.

Identified Planning and Preparedness Funding Sources 

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) engaged State administrative agencies to improve awareness of available funding for risk-centric capabilities-based planning and preparedness training costs in the Fiscal Year 2014 Homeland Security Grant Program.
  • Funding Resources. This webpage is a compilation of resources which can help communities improve their SERCs, TERCs, LEPCs, and TEPCs emergency planning and preparedness efforts.
  • Training Repository Information. Training of First Responders and Emergency Management stakeholders is critical to saving lives and property. This webpage is designed to assist First Responders, Emergency Management, and associated response personnel in identifying repositories of training sites that have content relevant to addressing chemical incidents

Assisted SERCs, TERCs, LEPCs, and TEPCs

  • EPA has worked with SERCs and TERCs to develop on-line training for SERCs, TERCs, LEPCs, and TEPCs on their roles and responsibilities and key requirements under EPCRA.
  • EPA hosted 32 LEPC workshops throughout Region 6 from May - September 2014 and has completed a report and lessoned learned from that effort.  EPA has developed a factsheet for State/Tribal/local agencies – How to Better Prepare Your Community for a Chemical Emergency:  A Guide for State, Tribal, and Local Agencies, which is a general guide to States, Tribes, and local communities on their role and responsibilities  to protect communities from chemical accidents and ensure they are provided information on chemical risks in their community Factsheet Link
  • To promote LEPCs and TEPCs use of the Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101 (CPG 101), Version 2.0 Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans, DHS/FEMA utilized EPA's SERC Monthly newsletter as a platform for conveying information about the CPG 101 program. Additionally, DHS/FEMA and NASTTPO hosted a webinar for CPG 101 on March 25, 2015.
  • DHS/FEMA contacted the 10 counties with the highest combination of CFATS and RMP facilities to ensure they are aware the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) which is available to provide public notification of incidents at local chemical facilities.
  • Through the Infrastructure Protection (IP) Gateway, DHS is making CFATS data available in a For Official Use Only (FOUO) layer and a Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI) layer to authorized Federal, SLTT, and first responders with an established "need to know." This permission-based system allows DHS to share information while appropriately balancing security risks. 
  • ATF has begun transmitting explosives licensee and permittee contact information to vetted members of the SERCs who have explosives storage in their jurisdiction. ATF intends to continue transmitting this information approximately every 6 months.
  • EPA reviewed all existing guidance materials to identify and prioritize materials for updating, or revising to help local and tribal emergency planners understand and use chemical facility information to help better protect communities.  EPA will work to create an infrastructure to share this information with SERCs/TERCs and LEPCs/TEPCs.

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