City of Waterbury Local Emergency Planning Committee and All-Hazards Planning Committee


Background:

Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) were signed into federal law in 1986. Title III of SARA is also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right To-Know Act or the Community Right-to-Know regulation. The State of Connecticut adopted the federal Title III law and regulations in 1987. A State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) was established to oversee implementation of requirements imposed by SARA Title III, including the formation of the local emergency planning committees.

The use, storage, and transportation of hazardous materials in and through the City of Waterbury and the recognition of that hazard potential necessitate emergency preparedness and response planning. As a result the Waterbury Local Emergency Planning Committee or LEPC was formed also in 1987.  The issues of increased protection of life and property of City residents are paramount for the committee. The Waterbury Emergency Planning Committee has produced a Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plan as the LEPC in accordance with the following: CGS Section 22a-603 – State Emergency Planning Activities & 40 CFR Part 370 – Tier II Reporting

Members of the Committee are:

  • Elected state and local officials
  • Police, fire, emergency medical and public health professionals
  • Environment, transportation, and hospital officials
  • Facility representatives
  • Representatives from the community

For More Information Please Contact

Adam Rinko, CEM®
Director of Emergency Management
City of Waterbury Fire Department
236 Grand St.
Waterbury, CT 06702

Email: arinko@waterburyct.org
Phone: (203) 597-3450
Fax:      (203) 597-3455

 

Tier II Submissions for Mandated Reporters:

The Fire Marshal’s Office currently accepts both paper copy and electronic submissions for Tier II reports. Paper copies can be sent to:

Waterbury Fire Department
Fire Marshal’s Office
1 Jefferson Square
Waterbury, CT 06702

Electronic submissions may be made to:

fireeoc@waterburyct.org

 

City of Waterbury All Hazards Planning Committee

Shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011 the City was charged with a whole new set of planning circumstances the required the combined expertise of all emergency responders and their associated emergency support functions in order to answer the challenges that were presented by the recognized threat to homeland security. The Waterbury All Hazards Planning Committee is responsible for the group effort that is mandatory for All-hazards planning for. 

What is “all hazards” planning?

The commonalities among all types of technological and natural disasters suggest that many of the same management strategies can apply to all such emergencies. An all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness encourages effective and consistent response to any disaster or emergency, regardless of the cause.

Emergency Management in the City of Waterbury is a coordinated effort to develop  a risk-based, all hazards strategy that uses the common capabilities necessary to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and prevent or reduce losses resulting from natural and human borne emergencies.

The Waterbury All-Hazards Planning Committee serves as exercise design and operations for requested and regulatory table-top, functional and full scale drills. The team has produced, and participated in a number of full scale drills including: 

  • Active Shooter
  • Hospital Surge Capacity
  • Hazardous Materials Response
  • Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Mass Inoculation
  • Weather Related Emergencies
  • Building Collapse

For More Information Please Contact

Adam Rinko, CEM®
Director of Emergency Management
City of Waterbury Fire Department
236 Grand St.
Waterbury, CT 06702

Email: arinko@waterburyct.org
Phone: (203) 597-3450
Fax:      (203) 597-3455