The Audrain County, Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) was recognized for outstanding achievement in planning for chemical emergencies.
The recognition came at an Emergency Planning and Preparedness Conference July 25-27 in Overland Park, Kan.
The event was hosted by EPA Region 7, FEMA Region 7, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
The purpose of the conference was to help prevent accidental chemical releases and minimize community risks when they occur.
Representatives from fire departments, law enforcement, emergency medical service agencies, private industry, city and county emergency management officials, and state and federal agencies attended.
Awards were presented to local emergency planning committees and to industry for their achievements in furthering chemical emergency planning and preparedness.
The Audrain County LEPC received the Outstanding LEPC Award for communities of between 20,000 and 80,000 residents.
Karl Brooks, EPA regional administrator; Beth Freeman, FEMA regional administrator; and Timothy Butters, deputy administrator, U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, delivered opening remarks.
Steve Taylor, executive director of the Missouri Agribusiness Association, spoke on July 27.
His main focus was the role of agricultural retailers and local emergency responders in preventing and reducing the risk from chemical accidents.