Local Emergency Planning Committee

Mission Statement

The mission of the committee shall be to fulfill the requirements of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, commonly known as SARA Title III.  In addition, the LEPC shall be an all-hazards planning committee to include: information sharing, community planning, exercise design/implementation, the critique of emergency incidents—real or exercised, other activities aimed at efficient, compassionate, and rapid response to disaster survivors’, care-givers’, and workers’ needs in times of disasters.


LEPC Meeting

The next Cowley County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)/Citizen Corps Council meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 9:00am in the EOC located at 321 E. 10th Avenue in Winfield. Immediately following the meeting, the annual TEPW will be conducted for all agencies/jurisdictions.


Click here to Download the LEPC bylaws.

Public Notice

Accessibility of Sara Title III Hazardous Substance Information

Section 324 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), also known as the SARA Title III (Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, PL99-499), requires public notice at least once annually informing the public of the means to access information about extremely hazardous substances that are manufactured, stored, and used within their community.  Follow-up emergency notices may subsequently be issued.

Accordingly, information concerning Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meetings, SARA Title III hazardous material planning which is included in our Cowley County Emergency Operations Plan, Material Safety Datasheets (MSDS) hazardous chemical inventory forms, listing extremely hazardous substances manufactured, stored, or used within Cowley County can be obtained during normal business hours by contacting Brian Stone at (620) 221-0470.

LEPC Membership

  • Elected State and Local Officials
  • Law Enforcement
  • Emergency Management
  • Firefighting
  • Emergency Medical Service
  • Health
  • Local Environmental Groups
  • Hospitals
  • Transportation
  • Broadcast and/or Print Media
  • Community Groups
  • Facilities
  • Public (unaffiliated)

Cowley County LEPC Wins Award

Ray German (left), employee of the William Newton Hospital and Chair of the LEPC receives the award from Rick Shellenbarger, Planner and LEPC Executive Officer for Sedgwick County Emergency Management.

On July 27, 2013, the Region 7 LEPC/TERC Emergency Planning and Response Conference was held in Overland Park, KS. At that conference, the Cowley County LEPC received an award for mid-sized communities for their proactive approach and outstanding achievement in planning, prevention and risk reduction in the community.  Congratulations to the Cowley County LEPC!

Mid-Sized LEPC Award

LEPC Communicator

The LEPC Communicator is a monthly compilation of LEPC information from across the South Central Kansas Region. Rick Shellenbarger from Sedgwick County Emergency Management is the creator and author.

Volume 1 – June 2013

Volume 2 – July 2013

Volume 3 – August 2013

Volume 4 – September 2013

Volume 5 – January 2014

Volume 6 – March 2014

Volume 7 – May 2014

Volume 8 – September 2014

Kansas Commission on Emergency Planning & Response

2013 Managing the Risk


Date  Agenda  Minutes
 June 27, 2012 Agenda Minutes
 December 6, 2012 Agenda Minutes
 June 18, 2013 Agenda Minutes
 December 9, 2013 Agenda Minutes
 March 31, 2014 Agenda Minutes
 November 20, 2014 Agenda Minutes
 March 10, 2015 Agenda Minutes
 December 1, 2015 Agenda Minutes
 March 29, 2016 Agenda Minutes
December 14, 2016 Agenda Minutes
November 29, 2017 Agenda Draft Minutes