Douglas County LEPC is an active group of 42 members from private, public, and non-profit organizations who come together to ensure Douglas County is disaster aware and disaster prepared. In addition to meeting to discuss all-hazards preparedness they review local plans, participate in exercises and support the efforts of the Douglas County Emergency Management Department, truly exemplifying the values of KEMA.
The LEPC is a strong voice for emergency management in Kansas. Several members participate in working groups throughout the state and region. Within their own agencies they work to strengthen the preparedness and response plans. They support the mission and vision of Douglas County Emergency Management during preparedness events, speaking on their behalf to local officials, and by providing expertise during emergencies and planned events. The group understands the importance of bringing together all partners, public and private, to ensure their community can effectively and efficiently prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from all hazards. They recognize the necessity, as a county, to work with surrounding counties to encourage mutual aid. They continue to promote and participate in regional training, exercises and events. They work closely with emergency management staff to update emergency and strategic plans. They provided regional hazardous materials training (HazMat IQ) and regional exercise (Operation Luminous Sunflower) through HMEP funds. They have pledged to support a jail exercise and additional training for first responders throughout the region next year. They never hesitate to assist others when questions or concerns arise and a unique feature of this group is the membership opens its doors to others for meetings, training, and walkthroughs.
Members are always ready to step up and provide leadership and guidance to internal and external partners, other LEPCs, and promote a spirit of collaboration. One LEPC member participated in a panel discussion during the 2012 LEPC/TERC Conference to provide best practices. Several members’ individual efforts, dedication to preparedness, and support of emergency management were evident during the planning stages of Operation Luminous Sunflower by taking time to coordinate exercise elements within not only their agency but other entities as well.