Emergency planners honored for preparedness work


INDIANAPOLIS — Dubois County’s Local Emergency Planning Commission was recognized this week at the state level.

The LEPC was honored with an Indiana Emergency Response Commission Award for its hazardous materials response planning. The recognition came Wednesday in Indianapolis during the annual conference of the Emergency Management Alliance of Indiana.

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Last year, the LEPC simulated an anhydrous ammonia leak at Farbest Foods in Huntingburg during a full-scale training exercise. Next week, the LEPC will host a hazmat tabletop exercise in Jasper involving a hypothetical fixed-facility chlorine leak.

Narissa Montes, an LEPC member who works for the City of Huntingburg, attended the conference and accepted the award. Dubois County Emergency Management Agency Director Tammy Humbert chairs the county’s LEPC.

The local LEPC was organized after Congress enacted the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (also known as the Superfund Amendments & Reauthorization Act, or SARA) in 1986. The law provides for emergency response planning to cope with the accidental release of toxic chemicals into the air, land and/or water.

An important goal of the local LEPC is to increase public knowledge of, and provide better access to, information about the presence of hazardous materials in the community. The committee is dedicated to providing the community with instructions on how to respond in the event of an accidental release of hazardous materials into the air, land and/or water.

Dubois County’s LEPC is comprised of members representing the following sectors: local/state government, environmental, health, media, fire, police, EMS, industry, hospital and community and transportation.

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