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Madison County Emergency Planning Committee
The Madison County Emergency Planning Committee (MCEPC) was created by a Madison County Resolution adopted September 11, 1987, for the purpose of complying with Public Law 99-499, the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA Title III), and Alabama Executive Order No. 4 which established an Alabama Emergency Response Commission (AERC).
SARA Title III, also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), mandates that any facility owned or operated by government, business, or industry which uses, stores, manufactures, or transports one or more of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) designated Extremely Hazardous Substances in amounts exceeding the Threshold Planning Quantity established by EPA, must report specific chemical inventory information to the State of Alabama, the Local Emergency Planning Committee, and the Fire Department whose jurisdiction the facility is located. Also, they must submit an emergency plan which details the procedures they are to take in the event that the chemicals present at their facility is released into the environment. The Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Management Agency is the Focal Point and repository for all SARA Title III information within Madison County.
The objectives of the MCEPC are to:
Identify potential hazards in Madison County. Recently, the role of the MCEPC has expanded to encompass more of an all-hazards approach to emergency planning.
Compare our present capabilities for response to hazards that are identified.
Develop mutual cooperation between industry and government in pre-planning for response to all potential hazards.
Coordinate the development, review, revision, and exercising of specific elements of the Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Operations Plan.
Conduct an on-going review program to establish additional requirements to insure a safe and adequate response to hazardous material accidents or incidents.
Improve the public health and safety in the community.
Oversee the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) plan including annual reports on the status of the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) plan, including a report from the MMRS Property Officer and training and exercises conducted during the year.
Oversee the Citizen Corps Council
The above objectives are met through established subcommittees, in accordance with the by-laws of the organization. There are five subcommittees. These subcommittees and their functions are:
Medical, Health, Human Services, and Mortuary Subcommittee
Coordinate with the MMRS planning committee the annual review and revision of the "MMRS Plan" to comply with federal requirements.
Identify strengths and weaknesses of existing capabilities to respond to all potential disasters.
Work with Community Awareness Subcommittee to develop strategies for providing information to the public concerning disaster coordination and how the coroner (mortuary), medical, health, and human services community is prepared to respond in a coordinated manner to such disasters.
Work with the Training and Exercise Subcommittee to schedule exercises that will test the "MMRS Plan."
Assist in standardizing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPís) involving the medical community as well as health and human service agencies and the Coronerís office.
Hazards Analysis, Mitigation and Planning Subcommittee
Maintain an Emergency Operations Plan to comply with federal and state requirements.
Maintain a Mitigation Plan to comply with federal and state requirements.
Assist in standardizing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all response and support units in Madison County.
Work with Training and Exercise Subcommittee to schedule exercises that will test the Emergency Operations Plan and the Standard Operating Procedures.
Coordinate the development, annual review and revision of the sections of the Emergency Operations Plan that concern hazardous materials with the Emergency Management Agency so they can be included in revisions to the Emergency Operations Plan.
Review and approve Uniform Emergency Response Plans (UERPs) submitted by SARA Title III companies.
Develop a comprehensive inventory of hazardous materials that are generated, stored, or transported within Madison County by:
1. Examining previous hazardous material incident reports
2. Review data in Tier II Reports submitted by facilities to be inputted into CAMEO database
3. Determine if other facilities have extremely hazardous substances and other hazardous materials on site and analyze that data
4. Conducting surveys of major transportation routes
Investigate and pursue grants that may be available from the DOT, FEMA, EPA, or other agencies.
Recommend local legislative actions which can enhance preparedness and response.
Review state and federal legislation which may effect local response or impact budgets.
Solicit local, state, and federal legislative support for any resolutions, ordinances, acts, or laws that will improve the hazardous materials capabilities or financing in Madison County.
Community Awareness Subcommittee
Develop strategies for providing information to the public concerning awareness of hazardous materials and other hazards in their community and how the community is prepared to respond in a coordinated manner to protect lives and property.
Develop a community outreach program to inform and educated the public about hazardous materials and other emergencies. These outreach programs should include establishing speakers bureaus; developing brochures, pamphlets, and leaflets; providing information for newspaper articles, radio and TV talk shows, etc.
Establish a working relationship with all forms of public media to assist in public awareness.
Work closely with CAER of Metro-Huntsvilleís Community Awareness Committee to develop a public awareness campaign through newsletter, facility tours, or other means of communication with the community.
Promote severe weather awareness by working with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service, and the American Red Cross to publicize Severe Weather Awareness Week and Winter Weather Awareness Week.
Training and Exercise Subcommittee
Evaluate existing emergency response capabilities for all potential hazards identified by the "Hazards Analysis, Mitigation and Planning Subcommittee"
Identify strengths and weaknesses of existing capabilities to respond to all potential hazards
Identify community assets and expertise available to assist during hazardous material incidents
Provide a review of the capability assessment to the "Hazards Analysis, Mitigation and Planning Subcommittee" for use in revising the all-hazards Emergency Operations Plan
Identify training requirements for first responders, hazardous material response team, support personnel, industry, and the public
Identify sources of training that will meet requirements
Work with other Agencies/Committees who can assist in the development and implementation of required training
Develop and implement a training schedule and revise once a year
Identify potential funding sources for required training
Sponsor an exercise program to improve the response and recovery capabilities of emergency responders and to build working relationships with and among private industry and agencies
Annually, gather and report on training and exercises held by MMRS Plan participants
The meetings of the MCEPC are open to the public. If you wish to attend a meeting of the MCEPC, please contact the Emergency Management office for the location and time of the next meeting. The MCEPC Full Committee and Executive Committee meet concurrently on a quarterly basis with the Executive Committee also meeting once between the quarterly meetings. Membership of the MCEPC is comprised of representatives from local response agencies, medical facilities, health and human services agencies, the media, and industries. The Executive Committee of the MCEPC consists of the Chairman, Vice-Chairperson, Subcommittee Chairpersons, and liaisons from Redstone Arsenal and local industries. Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) of Metro-Huntsville, comprised of local industries dedicated to environmental responsibility, is the industrial liaison to the MCEPC.