Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Text Size

Emergency Management - About Us

 

Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan for

Park, Hot Springs, Washakie and Big Horn

Draft Available for Public Review and Comment

Would you like to learn more about what Park, Hot Springs, Washakie and Big Horn counties are doing to minimize the impacts of floods, dam failures, wildfires, hazardous materials incidents, and other hazards?  A draft of the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan is being made available for public review and comment. The plan assesses risks posed by natural and man-made hazards, identifies ways to reduce those risks, and allows each county to be eligible for mitigation grant funding from FEMA.  County planning teams, including representatives from all municipalities, developed the plan over the past 6 months with assistance from a consultant, Amec Foster Wheeler.  The plan identifies hazard mitigation goals and mitigation projects for the counties, with the intent of reducing losses from hazard events before they occur again.  A series of public workshops were held during the planning process to solicit input on the hazards and ideas for mitigation projects.  The counties in the Region are now soliciting public comment the plan before it is finalized and submitted for FEMA review and approval. 

The comment period will be August 30 – September 7, 2016.

The plan can be accessed below

Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Base Plan

Washakie County Annex

Park County Annex

Hot Springs County Annex

Big Horn County Annex

To provide feedback and obtain more information please county contact your local county emergency management coordinator:

Park County:                Martin Knapp at (307) 527-1860 or mknapp@parkcounty.us

Hot Springs County:      Bill Gordon at (307) 864-4649 or bgordon@hscounty.com

Washakie County:         Mike Orona at (307) 347-3331 or ema.ohs@washakiecounty.net

Big Horn County:          LaRae Dobbs at (307) 548-2516 or bhcemc@tctwest.net

Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

In 1987, the Wyoming State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) was created through executive order. Among the SERC's duties were designating local emergency planning districts within the state and appointing a local emergency planning committee (LEPC) to serve each district. LEPCs are required to develop an emergency response plan, review it annually, and provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens.

LEPC membership must include the following (at a minimum):

  • Elected state and local officials
  • Police, fire, civil defense and public health professionals
  • Environment, transportation and hospital officials
  • Facility representatives
  • Representatives from community groups and the media

Mission Statement

The mission of the Big Horn County LEPC is to comply with the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) under the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA); EPCRA is commonly known as SARA Title III. We are unique in that we are a multifaceted tool and forum for all emergency responders and their respective agencies/departments; for industry, local governments, health and welfare, school districts, and other concerned organizations or individual citizens; that will enable us to identify, plan for, mitigate, coordinate training, and respond to all incidents which may include: hazardous materials accidents and/or releases, wild land and other types of fire, natural disasters which may include flooding, tornados, severe storms, and earthquakes; highway and rail transportation accidents, terrorist activity, and civil disturbances which could affect the overall health and well being of the citizens of our county.

- The LEPC will also be the advising agency for Homeland Security Grant Funds as directed by and to the Big Horn County Commissioners.
- The LEPC will also act as the Citizen Corp Council and will be NIMS/ICS and NRP compliant.
- The LEPC is operated by the active membership as an open forum to know each other individually, to know each other's equipment and capabilities.
- The LEPC is committed to the safety of the county by ensuring and identifying proper resources and planning needed for any type of emergency, and by providing leadership and support to reduce the loss of life and property from all types of hazards, through an emergency management program of preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery.

Responsibilities

  • Identify facilities using hazardous materials
  • Identify transportation routes being used for hazardous materials shipment
  • Describe emergency response procedures
  • Designate community and facility coordinators
  • Outline emergency notification procedures
  • Describe methods for determining the occurrence of a release
  • Describe community and industry emergency equipment and facilities
  • Outline emergency evacuation plans
  • Identify special risk facilities (i.e., hospitals, nursing homes, schools, etc.)
  • Describe a training program for emergency response personnel
  • Review methods and schedules for training exercises
  • Review Emergency Operations Plans (specifically the Hazardous Materials Response Plan in Volume B of the County Emergency Operations Plan) regularly
  • Make information available to the public in accordance with Community Right-to-Know legislation
  • Ensure all facilities required to submit Tier II reports are submitting such reports
  • Keep the State Emergency Response Commission advised of LEPC activities
  • Conduct public meetings at least twice a year
  • Recommend disbursement of grant funds
  • Act as Citizen Core Council (CERT) for Big Horn County
  • Will be compliant with NIMS, ICS, NRP Plans

Meetings - 2017 Schedule 
[Printable Schedule]

LEPC meetings are usually held on the 4th Thursday of the month and called to order at 7:00pm, unless otherwise noted below.

Date Location
January 26, 2017 Lovell Fire Hall, 314 Nevada Ave.
February 23, 2017 Greybull Weed and Pest, 4782 Highway 310
March 23, 2017 Lovell Fire Hall
April 27, 2017 Greybull Weed and Pest
May 25, 2017 Lovell Fire Hall
June 22, 2017 Greybull Weed and Pest
July NO MEEETING
August 24, 2017 Greybull Weed and Pest
September 28, 2017 @ 6PM* Lovell Fire Hall - Annual Dinner
October 26, 2017 Greybull Weed and Pest
November 16, 2017** Lovell Fire Hall
December NO MEETING

*Annual Appreciation Dinner Meeting - 6:00pm
**3rd Thurdsay due to Thanksgiving

Committee Officers

Chairman - Ken Blackburn, Sheriff
Vice-Chairman
- John Hyde, Commissioner
Treasurer
- LaRae Dobbs, Emergency Management Coordinator
Secretary
- Keela Mangus

Subcommittees

  • Budget & Finance
  • Communications
  • Court Room Security
  • Exercise
  • 911 - Communications/Mapping
  • Safe Schools
  • THIRA
  • Tier II
  • Weather Alert & Action

Meeting Minutes

Coming soon...

 

Contact the Emergency Management

La Rae Dobbs
Mailing Address:
355 East 5th Street
Lovell, WY 82431
email: bhcemc@tctwest.net
Phone: 307-548-2516
Fax: 307-548-2517