The Deer Park LEPC is a cooperative partnership between community, government, emergency response agencies, businesses and industry striving to promote and maintain public health and safety by preparing for hazardous materials-related incidents as part of a comprehensive community program. Our goal is to protect citizens and the environment by providing hazard awareness education, training exercises, emergency response plans and an emergency notification system.
The Deer Park Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) Team began in 1986 as a joint effort between local industry and the City. Also in 1986, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), known by Public Law 99-499, Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA)Title III was signed into law. Requiring governors’ to appoint a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), the state was then divided into districts and districts were divided into Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs ).Thus, in 1987, Deer Park’s CAER Team became the Deer Park LEPC.