Are Local Emergency Planning Committees Effective in Developing Community Disaster Preparedness?

August 1994 (VOL. 12, NO. 2)

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Five years after SARA Title III set a deadline for communities to establish community emergency plans for releases of toxic chemicals, it appears that many – if not most – jurisdictions have failed to fully comply with the requirements of this legislation. However, there are a number of LEPCs that have made significant progress and, in this regard, SARA Title III compliance is quite comparable to that of other federal hazard mitigation and emergency preparedness programs. Moreover, the planning process mandated by this legislation does provide some significant improvements over previous methods of emergency preparedness.