The Albany County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) was formed under provisions of Tittle III of the Superfund Amendments and reauthorization Act of 1986, US Code Title 42, chapter 116 subchapter 11001. The committee partners state and local officials, law enforcement, fire, HazMat EMS, public health, environmental, hospital, transportation, media, community groups and facility owners for the purpose of planning and preparedness to a hazardous materials incident.
The LEPC does not function in actual emergency situations, but attempts to identify and catalogue potential hazards, identify available resources, mitigate hazards when feasible, and write emergency plans. According to the National Response Plan (NRP) the initial response to an emergency incident or disaster is by local officials. The role of the LEPC is to anticipate and plan the initial response for foreseeable disasters in their jurisdiction. The emergency response plan and all LEPC files are maintained by the Albany County Sheriff’s Critical Incident / Emergency Management Unit. This unit interfaces with local emergency managers in Albany County.