Monday, October 27, 2008

Citizen Corps-LEPC Leadership Forum Under Way in Pine Mountain

The annual Citizen Corps-Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Leadership Forum, hosted by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), began at 8:30 a.m. today in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

Approximately 100 participants, including Citizen Corps volunteers, emergency managers, elected officials and representatives from the private sector will hear from experts about the Community Emergency Response Team, Risk Management Plan and Emergency Planning/Community Right to Know (EPCRA) programs. Other topics include Medical Reserve Corps, using proven marketing principles to enhance a volunteer program, and the Strategic National Stockpile.

The Citizen Corps-LEPC Forum is sponsored by Propac, the Georgia Jaycees, Rite in the Rain, Tee Time Enterprises and MLS and Associates. Harris County Manager and Emergency Management Agency Director Monty Davis will address participants on Monday, October 27 at 8:30 a.m. The keynote speaker will be GEMA and Homeland Security Director Charley English. The forum will conclude at noon on Tuesday, October 28.

Citizen Corps brings together community, emergency and government leaders to involve community members in emergency preparedness, planning, mitigation, response, and recovery. Through Citizen Corps and its program partners and affiliates, individuals can find training and volunteer opportunities to support first responders in an emergency. There are 57 Citizen Corps Councils in Georgia.

LEPC is a partnership between local industries, citizens, governments and emergency response agencies, as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, that establishes rules and procedures for coordinating the local response and handling public requests for information in the event of an accident involving hazardous materials.

For more information about GEMA, visit To learn how to prepare for disaster, visit
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