NREPC

Introduction

Welcome to The Northeast Regional Emergency Planning Committee!

The Northeast Regional Emergency Planning Committee (NREPC) was established by the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act.  This is part of Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986.  Originally counties formed "Local Emergency Planning Committees" (LEPCs) however with the incident on 9-11, the responsibility for these committees has fallen under the control of The Department of Homeland Security.  These groups have been reorganized into Regional Emergency Planning Committees (REPCs).  The Northeast Regional Emergency Planning Committee is one such reorganized LEPC.

The NREPC has 9 partner communities with an estimated population of approximately 271,000 persons.  We border the state of New Hampshire and Atlantic coastal waters.  We have several watersheds, a major waterway and we are served by Interstate 95 and 495.  Many of our border communities have cross-border mutual aid agreements with New Hampshire Public Safety Agencies.

The mission of this organization has changed little from LEPC beginnings and remains a forum for emergency management agencies, public safety, private industry and the general public to work together to evaluate, understand and communicate chemical hazards in the community and to develop appropriate emergency plans in case of accidental, or intentional release of these chemicals.

Local industries must provide information to the State and the Regional Emergency Planning Committee (REPC) about chemical hazards.  REPCs are required by law to make this information available to any citizen who requests it.

NREPC has developed this website as a public information tool, as well as for responders and other planners interested in accessing NREPC information about our partner communities.

In recent years, the LEPC planned disaster drills of various natures to challenge and prepare participating communities.  The NREPC will continue with these planning efforts and refocus them to include planning for a variety of disasters that may affect the community such as floods, hazardous material spills, fires, natural disasters, and terrorism.  These and others constitute real challenges and threats facing our community leaders today.  The Dept. of Homeland Security, Federal and State planning authorities have advocated for development of an "All Disaster" plan, which prepare towns for any disaster, not just those from chemical releases.

Northeast Regional Emergency Planning Committee
124 Main St.
North Andover, MA 01845
(978) 682-5212
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Jan.2014   
by D. Becker.