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									                  EPCRA
Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-
 Know Act (EPCRA) in 1986.
Also known as Title III of the Superfund
 Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA).
 SARA Title III Section 301-303 established
 requirement a State Emergency Response
 Commission (SERC).
VIRGIN ISLANDS EMERGENCY RESPONSE STRUCTURE
                 UNDER EPCRA

Executive Order No. 302-1987
  Established the VI SERC known as Virgin Islands
   Environmental Emergency Response Commission
   (VIEERC)
  Established LEPCs in two Districts
    St. Croix District, and
    St.Thomas/St.John/Water Island District
                 LEPC Districts
St. Croix District
  High priority due to number of large industries with
   large concentration of chemical pollutants
  Active and functioning
  Committed core, expanding to include more sectors
  Meets 2nd Tuesday of the Month


St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island District yet to
 be established
                 Our Role

Form a partnership with local government
 agencies, hazmat responders, and industry
To enhance prevention and preparedness;
 response and recovery; planning and
 exercising; and training.
          Our Responsibilities

Review local emergency plans
Make MSDS and Tier II information available to the
 general public
Identify facility representatives involved in
 emergency planning
Be informed about potential and actual chemical
 releases
Obtain follow up emergency response information as
 soon as practical after a release
               Membership
Elected officials
Emergency Medical Personnel
Fire Service
Health Officials
Law Enforcement
Environmental Agency
Environmental Groups
Owners and operators of covered facilities, and
Broadcast/Media familiar with factors that
 affect public safety, the environment, and the
 economy of the community.
          2011 Strategic Goals
GOALS         OBJECTIVES              ACTIVITIES/TASK
GENERAL       All Hazards approach to Assess, plan and train
              Emergency               for all hazards
              Management              response.

              Partners                Encourage industry
              • School Districts      partners to share their
              • CERT                  best practices with
                                      LEPC
              Target Audience
              • Industry              Recruit and train
              • Public                members
GOALS             OBJECTIVES             ACTIVITIES/TASK
DATA COLLECTION   Tier II Chemical       encourage facilities/
                  inventory data         businesses to submit
                                         reports electronically.

                  All Hazards: Fragile   Dept. of Health
                  population             brochure of fragile
                  identification and     population
                  location.

                  MSDS collection and
                  handling
GOALS      OBJECTIVES        ACTIVITIES/TASK
PLANNING   Prevention        •NIMS
    &                        •Incident Command
RESPONSE   Risk Management   System
                             •Tabletop exercises
           Public Warning    •Functional exercises
                             •Full scale “dirty boots”
           Communication     exercises
                             •EOC Operation
           Education         •Outreach to
                             communities and
           Training          general public
                             •Shelter in Place or
                             Evacuate
                OBJECTIVE
• To encourage facilities and businesses to
  become a member of your Local Emergency
  Planning Committee. A partnership with the
  safety of our community in mind.

• To become a member please contact
    Ofc Barbara Magras
    340-773-5774 (Office) - 340-719-6586 (Fax)
     barbara.magras@dpnr.gov.vi

								
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