Jefferson County, West Virginia 
Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
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Jefferson County LEPC Contact: 

Dr. Sheri Hoff, Chairman
Stephen S. Allen

Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management
28 Industrial Blvd. Suite 101, Kearneysville, WV  25430.



The Jefferson County LEPC is a planning, NOT a response organization!

Mission Statement

“Protection of the Jefferson County community and environment from all natural and man-made hazards, including hazardous materials -- through planning, preparation and communication between citizens, business and government."
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Jefferson County
Local Emergency Planning Committee
(304) 728-3290

LEPC Mission...

The mission of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) are to implement the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) and to mitigate the effects of a release or spill of natural or man-made hazardous materials. On October 17, 1986, in response to concerns for safety around chemical facilities, Congress enacted the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), also known as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA). The Act has had a far-reaching influence on issues relating to hazardous materials. 

What is a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) ?

LEPCs (Local Emergency Planning Committees) are composed of at least 12 members drawn from the following disciplines:

  • Elected State and Local Officials,
  • Law Enforcement,
  • Emergency Management,
  • Fire Service,
  • Health,
  • Local Environmental Interests,
  • Hospital,
  • Ambulance,
  • Transportation,
  • Media,
  • Community Groups, and
  • Owners/Operators of facilities subject to the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act's requirements.

What does Jefferson County's LEPC do?

In Jefferson County, the LEPC is encouraging hazard reduction, accident prevention, pollution prevention and shelter-in-place programs for industry, citizens and vulnerable populations.

Jefferson County LEPC takes an all-hazard approach to their activities, as most incidents (whether they are WMD, terrorism, or flooding or other incident) have a hazardous element.  

One main role of the LEPC is Community Right to Know, which involves emergency response plans, managing Tier II and Extremely Hazardous Substances reports from industry and disclosure to citizens on request.  

In this role, the LEPC interacts, informs and assists the public in understanding the Community Right to Know Act.

Our other main role is in Emergency Planning.  Planning includes information and facilities training for first responders, who are called upon to protect the public in the event of a hazardous materials incident.

Some examples of this planning include the Propane Risk Assessment projects that were completed in 2008/2009.

We are also working with a variety of public awareness efforts including annual participation in an information booth the Jefferson County Fair and hosting the 2013 Mass Fatality Conference in Harpers Ferry, WV.

How Can I Get Involved With the Jefferson County LEPC?

The Jefferson County LEPC meets at the Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management offices, located at 28 Industrial Boulevard, Kearneysville, WV, at 7:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday every other month, unless otherwise announced.  All meetings are open to the public and new members are always welcome. For questions about meetings, please contact Barbara Miller at 304-728-3290 or

The next meeting of the LEPC will be at  07:30 am on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the IHOP at 134 Jefferson Crossing Way, Charles Town, WV  25414.

For more information, or to become a member of the Jefferson County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), please contact the Jefferson County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management at  (304) 728-3290.

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