The LEPC's task is to develop an emergency plan to prepare and respond to chemical emergencies, better known as Chemical Emergency and Response Preparedness Planning (CERPP). The plan is annually reviewed, tested, and updated.
The LEPC's plan outlines the procedures for immediate response to a chemical accident, ways to notify the public about actions they must take, names of coordinators at plants, and schedules and plans for testing the procedures. Once the plan is written, the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) must review it.
The LEPC also has other responsibilities besides developing an emergency response plan. The LEPC meets with businesses in the county who have and store chemicals that are considered hazardous. They meet with these businesses to make sure that they are following federal and state regulations. The LEPC also looks at the storage techniques that the businesses use to store these chemicals. This helps the LEPC planner, the LEPC committee, and fire departments plan and prepare for incidents.