Local Emergency Planning Team (L.E.P.T.)
Purpose of the Osceola County L.E.P.T.
The Osceola County Local Emergency Planning Team (L.E.P.T.) serves to ensure a community partnership to all hazards prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery activities. Monthly meetings allow all government, public, and private stakeholders the opportunity to receive information and directly participate in a variety of activities.
Most importantly, L.E.P.T. meetings allow officials with emergency response duties to work together as to establish solid working relationships and understanding of eachother that is invaluable during emergency conditions. L.E.P.T. members also serve as the jurisdiction's appointed Emergency Operations staff during declared emergencies.
Senior Osceola County Officials at the 7/26/23 L.E.P.T. Meeting
Membership & Participation
The Osceola County L.E.P.T. is designed to allow as much multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional participation as possible while still maintaining a managable organizational structure. To accomplish this, membership is managed into 'emergency functions' as determined by the Emergency Operations Plan. Agencies are determined as 'Lead', 'Supporting', or 'Participating' agencies.
Direction / Control - (County, Township, City, State, Federal)
Resource Management - County Administrator, Treasurers,
Damage Assessment - Building Dept, Equalization
Public Information - Appointed agencies, other, other
Law Enforcement - Sheriff, local police, Michigan State Police
Fire / Rescue - Fire Association, local Fire Depts
Emergency Medical - EMS / Hospital / Medical Control
Public Works - Road Commission, DPWs, MDOT, Utilities
Communications / Warning - (9-1-1 / amateur radio)
Community Health - Public Health, Animal Control, MSU-Extension
Human Services - DHHS, American Red Cross, Human Services Collaborative
Officials at the 7/26/23 L.E.P.T. Meeting Focusing on Osceola County's participation with the Statewide Exercise
Osceola County's L.E.P.T. acts as an umbrella mechanism for facilitating several emergency management committees / meetings that are required either by legislation, procedure, or best practice into a single entity. Conducting all meetings under a single structure and unified membership ensures an efficient approach for comprehensive emergency preparedness. Main functions include:
Emergency Management Advisory Council
Established by County resolution as a multi-disciplined group assigned to general emergency management oversight, maintenance of the emergency operations plan, and serving as emergency operations center officials.
Local Emergency Planning Committee
Required by federal and state law ensure community planning and right to know for the sites within the jurisdiction that have qualifying levels of hazardous materials. Osceola County LEPC currently maintains plans for ## hazardous materials sites.
Local Planning Committee
This committee is required to ensure a multi-disciplined approach to determining expenditures of the jurisdictions Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) funds. They evaluate and determine expenditures according to local program needs.
Hazard Mitigation / Management
This best practice group is charged with monitoring local hazards and guiding efforts to mitigate (i.e. eliminate or reduce) their effects on the community. Recommendations can take form of hazard analysis, grants, and/or projects.
Citizen Corps Committee
This committee ensures official authorization, coordination, and policy for Osceola County's Citizen Corps program. It's primary effort is maintaining the Citizen Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) which provides volunteer response support.
Exercise / Training Committee
Best practice group assigned to guide the jurisdiction's disaster exercise and training activities. These include disaster related seminars, drills, tabletops, functional, and full-scale exercises as well as educational presentations and formal trainings.
2023 Osceola County L.E.P.T. Schedule
The Osceola County Emergency Planning Team (L.E.P.T.) meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 10am to 11:30am at the Osceola County Emergency Management Center. Members of the public are welcome to attend but are encouraged to verify with OCEMD as meetings are occasionally cancelled or rescheduled due to a variety of factors.
Call To Order / Establishment of Quorum
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes / Briefing
Public Comment (3 minute limit - items not on agenda)
Committee Reports / Actions:
Emergency Management Advisory (Program & Emergency Operations Plan)
Local Emergency Planning Committee (SARA III / EPCRA hazardous materials planning)
Local Planning Committee (Homeland Security Grant activities)
Hazard Management Committee (Hazard analysis, mitigation, management actions)
Citizen Corps Committee (C.E.R.T. & other volunteer liaison)
Exercise / Training (Sponsored exercise & training activities such as drills, tabletops, full-scales, etc.)
Public Comment (Extended 6 minute limit)
Good of the Order (Non-business agency updates)
Adjournment (May be to sponsored education committee)
This excellent Emergency Planning & Community Right To Know video from the E.P.A. explains the role of the L.E.P.C.