Off-site emergency response plans contain information that community officials can use at the time of a chemical incident. These plans are developed under section 303 by the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for the protection of the community. The plans address the off-site response to emergency releases of extremely hazardous substances from certain facilities in the LEPC planning district.

These off-site emergency response plans:

  • Identify facilities subject to section 302;
  • Identify routes likely to be used for the transportation of extremely hazardous substances;
  • Identify facilities contributing to the risk due to their proximity to facilities subject to section 302 such as natural gas facilities;
  • Identify facilities subjected to additional risk due to their proximity to facilities subject to section 302, such as hospitals;
  • Describe emergency response procedures, on and off site;
  • Designate a community coordinator and facility coordinator(s) to implement the plan;
  • Outline emergency notification procedures;
  • Describe how to determine the occurrence of a release, and the area or population likely to be affected by such release;
  • Describe local emergency equipment and facilities, and identify the persons responsible for such;
  • Outline evacuation plans;
  • Include training programs, including schedules for training local emergency response and medical personnel;
  • Provide methods and schedules for exercising the emergency plan.