Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) must develop an emergency response plan, review the plan at least annually, and provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens. Plans are developed by LEPCs with stakeholder participation. There is one LEPC for each of the more than 3,000 designated local emergency planning districts. The LEPC membership must include (at a minimum):
· Elected state and local officials
· Police, fire, emergency management, and public health professionals
· Environment, transportation, and medical officials
· Facility representatives
· Representatives from community groups and the media
Cedar County Emergency Management, in conjunction with the Region 6 Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), is pleased to announce that a Cedar County LEPC is in the stages of organizing.
Cedar County Emergency Management will be hosting an organizing/kick-off meeting for the Cedar County LEPC on January 17th, 2019 at 3:30pm at 1410 Cedar Street, Tipton. It is anticipated that this meeting will be less than one hour in length.
For more information, call 563-886-3355.
Cedar County Emergency Management, in conjunction with the Silver Jackets, recently unveiled a set of six signs to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Historic Flood of 2008. The six large, full color signs were obtained through a grant from the Silver Jackets, and will mark six areas that were significantly impacted by the 2008 Flood.
The Silver Jackets, a multi-agency team of federal, state, local and tribal agencies, are known for their collaborative plans and solutions to flood risk problems. As part of their efforts to increase efforts of flood awareness, the Silver Jackets initiated a grant program to provide historical signage to communities hard-hit by the Flood of 2008. Cedar County is the recipient of six signs which will commemorate flooding in the areas of Rochester, West Rochester, Cedar Bluff, and Cedar Valley. The signs feature a photo of the specific area during the flood, and the signs will be placed near or at the location where the original photo was taken. A visitor will easily be able to see the difference between the historical view and the current landscape.
“We have a duty to remember the Flood of 2008, and share the lessons learned with future generations,” remarked Cedar County Emergency Management Office Coordinator Jodi Freet. “With these historical signs, we can share the impact of the flood with those future generations, and provide context as to the magnitude of devastation. Being able to stand in one spot, and have the ability to ‘look into the past’ is sobering.”
Cedar County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Malott agreed. “The positive effects of flood mitigation projects are clear in Cedar County. In 2008, Cedar County experienced several million dollars in damages, yet in 2016, the County’s flooding damage totaled only $3500. The projects of the last ten years have resulted in considerably less damage costs.”
For more information on the Silver Jackets, visit http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Flood-Risk-Management/Silver-Jackets/. For more information on Cedar County Emergency Management, visit https://ema.cedar-county.org/ or ‘like’ their page ‘Cedar County Emergency Management Agency’ on Facebook.
Images Courtesy MRB Photography
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