The local role in reducing public risks from hazardous materials includes developing emergency plans for disasters involving hazardous substances, identifying available resources for emergencies, and ensuring coordination among responding groups.
The local community’s involvement in hazardous materials management is integral to the broader Incident Command System (ICS). This system provides a structured approach for responding to emergencies, including hazardous materials incidents. Local entities, such as fire departments and LEPCs, work within the ICS framework to ensure a coordinated response. For example, during a chemical spill, the local fire department would lead the on-scene response, identifying the materials involved and determining the risks posed, while the LEPC would facilitate communication and resource allocation.
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