The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) prepares, coordinates,
and responds to all natural and man-made emergencies and disasters.
The term emergency means a set of circumstances which demand immediate
action to protect life, preserve public health or essential services,
or protect property. Disaster means the situation in beyond the
capabilities of the responding jurisdictions or organizations.
The mission of the Local Emergency Planning Committee is
to safeguard the natural environment and make people aware of the
problems that can occur.
- All citizens are aware of significant risks to human health
and the environment where they live, learn and work.
- There are efforts to reduce environmental risk and the efforts
are based on the best available information.
- Local and Federal laws protecting human health and the environment
are enforced fairly and effectively.
- Environmental protection is an integral consideration in
U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic
growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and
international trade, and these factors are similarly considered
in establishing environmental policy.
- All parts of society—communities, individuals, business,
state and local governments, tribal governments—have
access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate
in managing human health and environmental risks.
- Emergency planning contributes to making our communities
and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive.
- South Dakota plays a leadership role in working with other
states to protect the environment