Welcome to the Addison County, Vermont,
Emergency Planning Committee/Citizen Corp Website!

This website is intended to be a reliable resource for information about natural and man-made disasters that may impact our area of Vermont: high winds, ice storms, blizzards, flash floods, and chemical spills. In general, people who have learned what to do to prepare for emergencies before they occur are much more likely to escape loss of family, property, or life in an emergency situation. Community safety through mitigation and advance preparation is one of our main goals. We invite you to explore the resources we provide here, they come from many organizations that share our efforts.

Please return to re-explore as this is, as they say, a “work-in-progress” and the resources and info will grow and change over time.


 

Some Background

Vermont has 13 Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) districts that operate under the State Emergency Response Commission. LEPC #8, also known as the Addison County Emergency Planning Committee (ACEPC) covers 21 member towns in Addison County,Vermont.

ACEPC is a local organization whose responsibilities are established by Vermont law (Title 20 VSA, § 32) and Federal laws (Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act [EPCRA] §§ 301–303, 40 CFR Part 355, and the Superfund Amendment and Re-Authorization Act [SARA], Title III). EPCRA was designed to provide local governments, first responders, and the public with information about possible chemical hazards in their communities. It requires those who have certain amounts of chemicals to report them to the state, local fire departments, and to the LEPC on an annual basis. SARA Title III deals with emergency planning for responding to chemical accidents, and requires that emergency response plans be developed for responding to chemical emergencies. This responsibility was mandated to be handled on local levels through the establishment of LEPCs.

LEPCs in Vermont also serve as the local Citizen Corp Program "chapters," with the county CCP chair usually also the LEPC chair. A couple of counties do it differently. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) , all-volunteer groups of community members who have received special training in several 2nd-level emergency response services, are a program of the Citizen Corp, and report to their local LEPC/CCP group.


ACEPC Today

While the LEPCs’ statutory responsibilities were initially limited to hazardous materials, ACEPC has focused on an All-Hazards approach to its duties, ensuring that planning and exercises deal with a variety of emergencies. ACEPC has always understood that, since most disasters include some sort of hazardous materials, all local emergency planning is best done from a global perspective.

In 2006 the Vermont Legislature amended Title 20 to, among other things, reflect the changed emphasis to “all hazards:”

Sec. 3. 20 V.S.A. § 2 is amended to read:
§2. DEFINITIONS
As used in this chapter,:
(1) “All-hazards” means any natural disaster, health or disease-related emergency, accident, civil insurrection, use of weapons of mass destruction, terrorist or criminal incident, radiological incident, significant event, and designated special event, any of which may occur individually, simultaneously, or in combination and which poses a threat or may pose a threat, as determined by the commissioner or designee, to property or public safety in Vermont.

Members/Participants

ACEPC encourages representation from a broad spectrum of area groups, including any interested individual or organization. Members and participants include fire departments; emergency medical services; local, county, and state law enforcement; media; Addison County Regional Planning Commission; Porter Medical Center; local businesses; Vermont Department of Health, District Office; animal health & welfare professionals; town government and emergency management personnel; CERT; and other public-safety organizations. We encourage you to get in touch if you are interested. Meetings are held monthly (with the exception of July) at the Public Safety Building/VSP barracks on Route 7 in New Haven.

Disclaimer

ACEPC's website is designed for informational and educational purposes only. The ACEPC, its members, and the website editor shall not be liable for any errors in the content, or for any action taken in reliance thereon. Links to other websites do not imply agreement with nor approval of all content found on the website. ACEPC exercises no control over external sites and any information found is presented only for educational interest.

 

 

 

 

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Homeland Security Threat Level
What does this mean? (PDF)

 


 

Real-time map of emergency events worldwide  (Web)

 

VEM
Current Situations Report  (Web)

 

 

 

STAY INFORMED!


WINTER STORM MEETING CANCELLATION POLICY

“ACEPC meetings will be canceled when a Weather Warning (except freezes) is posted by noon of the meeting day. If meetings are scheduled during the day time, cancellation will occur if the Warning is posted by 7 AM.  
   The Warning must be posted for Addison County or a County community (except Granville or Hancock), and be in effect 1 hour prior to the scheduled meeting start, extending 1 hour past its scheduled end.”


CALENDAR
Meetings, Upcoming Trainings, Workshops, Grants, Reports, & more


 

VEM NewsLetters (PDFs)

 


VT Dept Health
  • Bird Flu, Pandemic FAQ


VT Dept of Ag
  • Avian Flu & Chickens


AC Regional Planning News (Web, for PDFs)

 


ACEPC Minutes/Agendas (PDFs)

Jun DRAFT, 2016
May, 2016
April, 2016
March, 2016
February, 2016
January, 2016
Nov/Dec, 2015
October, 2015
September, 2015
August, 2015
• No July meeting
June, 2015
May, 2015
April, 2015
March, 2015
February, 2015
January, 2015
November, 2014
October, 2014
September, 2014
August, 2014
June, 2014
May, 2014
April, 2014
March, 2014
March, 2012
January, 2012
December, 2011
November, 2011
October, 2011
September, 2011
August, 2011
• No July meeting
• No June Minutes
May, 2011
April, 2011
March, 2011
• February, 2011—none
January, 2011
December, 2010
November, 2010
October, 2010
September, 2010
August, 2010
• No July meeting
June, 2010
May, 2010
April, 2010
March, 2010
• No Februrary meeting
January, 2010
December ’09
November ’09
October ’09
September ’09
July ’09
June ’09
May ’09
April ’09
March ’09
February ’09
• January ’09 (no mtng)
December ’08
November ’08
October ’08
September ’08
• August, No Meeting
July ’08
June ’08
May ’08
April ’08
March ’08
• No February Meeting
January ’08
December ’07
November ’07
October ’07
September ’07
July ’07
June ’07
May ’07
April ’07
March ’07
February ’07
January 31, ’07
January 3, ’07
November ’06
October ’06
September ’06
July ’06

 

ACEPC Brochure  (PDF)

ACEPC ByLaws  (PDF)

LEPC Handbook  (PDF)