The Butler County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) received a community involvement award at the recent Region 7 LEPC/TEPC (Tribal Emergency Response Commission) 2009 Conference in Kansas City, Mo.


The Butler County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) received a community involvement award at the recent Region 7 LEPC/TEPC (Tribal Emergency Response Commission) 2009 Conference in Kansas City, Mo. 

Region 7 comprises the States of Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Nine Tribal Nations. The Mid-Sized Community award recognizes LEPC’s serving a population between 20,000 and 80,000.

The award recognizes LEPC’s/TERC’s actively involved in their community risk reduction, planning, and prevention activities involving hazardous materials.

The Butler County LEPC meets on a quarterly basis and is comprised of members from the following agencies and industries: Butler County Emergency Management, Rose Hill Police Department, El Dorado Fire Department, El Dorado Correctional Facility, Butler County EMS, Butler County GIS Department, Conservation District, Butler County Appraiser’s Office, Butler Count Solid Waste Coordinator, Butler County Planning & Development, Andover Fire & Rescue, Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital, Kansas Medical Center, Butler County Health Department, Frontier El Dorado Refining, Sherwin Williams, Westar Energy, BNSF Railway, Mears Fertilizer, American Red Cross Disaster Services, Butler County Medical Reserve Corps and the Butler County Board of County Commissioners.

The Butler County group has been active for many years conducting specialized training and providing citizen awareness programs for hazardous materials and other natural hazards that may affect the county.

For more than 10 years, the group has produced the “Emergency Preparedness Guide” that is a one stop booklet concerning the hazards that can effect citizens and how they can reduce their risks of falling victim. They have conducted a number of full-scale training exercises including one last year which focused on decontamination of special populations. 

Additional information on the Butler County LEPC can be found at www.butlercoema.org.