Since 1988, the Council has served as staff to the South Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee (SoFlaLEPC), which encompasses Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. The LEPC was established as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), Title III of the EPA Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA). Congress enacted EPCRA in an effort to help local communities protect public health and safety and the environment from chemical hazards.

The LEPC, as established pursuant to Section 301 of Title III, shall:

• prepare regional hazardous materials emergency plans that indicate the facilities that use, produce, or store hazardous substances that are present in the jurisdiction
• serve as the repository for regional reports filed under Title III
• direct regional Title III implementation activities
• perform associated outreach functions to increase awareness and understanding of and compliance with the Title III Program.

The LEPC will also utilize United States Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant funds to conduct low cost or no cost hazardous material response training for public sector employees.

Staff coordinates regularly scheduled LEPC meetings, conducts How-to-Comply seminars, answers public inquiries regarding EPCRA compliance, maintains the chemical inventories for public inspection consistent with the Community Right-to-Know provisions of EPCRA, promotes hazardous materials awareness, and prepares and updates the comprehensive emergency response plan for the Region.

Membership

SoFlaLEPC – Membership

Community GroupsMember
Designated Alternate
VACANCYVACANCY
Elected Officials State & LocalMember
Designated Alternate
VACANCYVACANCY
Emergency ManagementMemberDesignated Alternate
Niel Batista, Bureau Manager
Miami-Dade DEM&HS
9300 NW 41 Street
Miami, FL 33178
(305) 468-5421
niel.batista@miamidade.gov
Troy Johnson, EM Coordinator
Miami-Dade DEM&HS
9300 NW 41 Street
Miami, FL 33178
(305) 468-5416
troy.johnson@miamidade.gov
Martin Senterfitt
Monroe County Fire Rescue Dept
Deputy Chief – Emergency Mgmt
Monroe Emergency Mgmt Dept
490 63rd Street, Ocean
Marathon, FL 33050
(305) 289-6065
senterfitt-martin@monroecounty-fl.gov
Vince Kalson, REP Administrator
Monroe Emergency Mgmt
490 63rd Street, Ocean, Suite 150
Marathon, FL 33050
(305) 289-6019
kalson-vince@monroecounty-fl.gov
Miguel Ascarrunz, Director
(HazMat Plan Chair)

Broward Emergency Mgmt Agency
201 NW 84th Avenue
Plantation, FL 33324
(954) 831-3908
mascarrunz@broward.org
Steven Herschenhorn
Associate Planner
Broward Emergency Mgmt Agency
201 NW 84th Avenue
Plantation, FL 33324
(954) 831-3917
sherschenhorn@broward.org
Charles Tear, Director
Miami Beach Emergency Mgmt
2310 Pine Tree Drive, 3rd Floor
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 673-7000 X2804
CharlesTear@miamibeachfl.gov
Matthew Roach, Operations Manager
Miami Beach DEM
2310 Pine Tree Drive, 3rd Floor
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 673-77736
Miguel Hidalgo, EM Coordinator
City of Miramar
14801 SW 27th Street
Miramar, FL 33027-4100
(954) 602-4883
mhidalgo@ci.miramar.fl.us
VACANCY
Facility Owners and OperatorsMemberDesignated Alternate
Carl Sidelko, Site Manager
Sentry Industries, Inc.
5687 NW 36th Avenue
Miami, FL 33142-2711
(305) 638-0800
carlsidelko093@sentryindustries.net
VACANCY
Jaimie Johnson, Risk Management
Allied Universal Corporation
8350 NW 93rd Avenue
Miami, FL 33166-2098
(305) 888-2623 X0201
jaimiej@allieduniversal.com

Greg Namoff
Allied Universal Corporation
3901 NW 115th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
(305) 888-2653 X0137
gregn@allieduniversal.com
Gregory Thompson, EHS Manager
Sun-Sentinel
333 SW 12th Avenue
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-3196
(954) 425-1397
gsthompson@tribune.com
Reinaldo Rivera, EHS Security Mgr
Sun-Sentinel
333 SW 12th Avenue
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-3196
(954) 592-3605
rtrivera@sun-sentinel.com
Jon Hines, Operations/Facility Mgr
Cliff Berry, Inc.
851 Eller Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 907-5190
jhines@cliffberryinc.com
Clifford Berry, Owner
Cliff Berry, Inc.
851 Eller Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 763-3390
Jeasy Justiniano
Environmental Health & Safety Mgr

McArthur Dairy
6851 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 795-7713
jeasy_justiniano@deanfoods.com
VACANCY
Axel Rodriguez
Operations Supervisor
Brenntag Mid-South
8700 NW 36th Avenue
Miami, FL 33147
(305) 835-7334
arodriguez@brenntag.com
VACANCY
Junieth Arana
Safety Coordinator
Gordon Food Services
3301 NW 125th Street
Miami, FL 33167
(305) 507-2813
junieth.arana@gfs.com
VACANCY
FirefightingMemberDesignated Alternate
Craig Radelman
Asst Fire Chief
City of Miami Fire Rescue
1151 NW 7th Street, 3rd Floor
Miami, FL 33136
(305) 416-5424
cradelman@miamigov.com
Lt. Maikel Garcia
HazMat Coordinator
City of Miami Fire Rescue
1151 NW 7th Street, 3rd Floor
Miami, FL 33136
(305) 569-5405
mgarcia@miamigov.com
Steve Shaw (SERC TTF Rep)
Battalion Chief/Training/Special Ops
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue
2200 Executive Airport Way
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
(954) 828-3617
SShaw@fortlauderdale.gov
VACANCY
Mark Steele
Deputy Chief of Administration
Seminole Tribe of Florida
3105 N SR7,Ft Lauderdale, FL 33309
(954) 986-2080 X11618
MarkSteele@semtribe.com
VACANCY

Craig Marston
Battalion Chief, Training
Monroe County Fire Rescue
493 63rd Street
Marathon, FL 33050
(305) 289-6020
marstoncraig@monroecounty-fl.gov
John Johnson
Fire Chief
Marathon Fire & Rescue Dept.
8900 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL 33050
(305) 743-5266
johnsonj@ci.marathon.fl.us
Capt. Anthony Trim
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
HazMat Bureau
9300 NW 41st Street
Doral, FL 33178
(786) 331-4252
ttrim@miamidade.gov
Lt. Alvaro Tonanez
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
HazMat Bureau
9300 NW 41st Street
Doral, FL 33178
(786) 336-6946
tonanez@miamidade.gov
First AidMemberDesignated Alternate
VACANCYVACANCY
Health & SafetyMemberDesignated Alternate
Warnell Vickers
Risk Management Safety Officer
Miami-Dade ISD Office of Safety
111 NW 1st Street
Miami, FL 33128
(305) 876-8000
wvick@miami.dade.gov
VACANCY
Freda Vaughn
FDOH Region 7
Emergency Response Advisor
780 SW 24th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 213-0679
freda_vaughn@flhealth.gov
VACANCY
HospitalMemberDesignated Alternate
David Dungan
Memorial Healthcare System
Dir of Emergency Preparedness
3111 Stirling Road
Hollywood, FL 33312
ddungan@mhs.net
Kevin Cigalotti
Broward Healthcare System
Emergency Mgmt Coordinator
3111 Stirling Road
Hollywood, FL 33312
(954)265-1100
kcigalotti@mhs.net
Robert Avery
Miami VA Healthcare System
Emergency Management Coordinator
1201 NW 16th St, Room C805A
Miami, FL 33125
(305) 575-7000 X6156
robert.avery2@va.gov
Jose Cintron
Miami VA Healthcare System
Area Emergency Manager
1201 NW 16th St, Room C805A
Miami, FL 33125
(305) 575-6667
jose.cintron@va.gov
Interested CitizensMemberDesignated Alternate
Hugh Johnston
American Compliance Tech
10717 N Saratoga Drive
Hollywood, FL 33026
(954) 437-6537
john7067@bellsouth.net
VACANCY
Howard Vollovick, Vice Chair
19460 NW 10th Street
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029
(954) 444-7513
firmedic45@comcast.net
VACANCY
Ray McDonald, Chair
11050 Nautilus Drive
Cooper City, FL 33026
(954) 704-1559
raymondmcdonald@bellsouth.net
Robert Christensen
9405 SW 186 Street
Miami, FL 33157
(305) 255-7706
rchrist1936@aol.com
Law EnforcementMemberDesignated Alternate
Jose Torres, Safety Manager
Federal Bureau Prisons/FCI Miami
15801 SW 137th Avenue
Miami, FL 33177
(305) 259-2266
jetorres@bop.gov
VACANCY
Carlos Nardo, Env & Safety
Compliance Administrator
Federal Bureau Prisons/FDC Miami
33 NE 4th St, Miami, FL 33132
(305) 982-1022
cnardo@bop.gov
Gerardo Reyes, Safety Compliance
Federal Bureau Prisons/FDC Miami
33 NE 4th St, Miami, FL 33132
(305) 982-1021
g1reyes@bop.gov
Local EnvironmentalMemberDesignated Alternate
Eric Borbe
(Planning Subcommittee Chair)

Environment, Safety & Health
13463 NW 108th Street Circle, N.
Miami, FL 33186
(786) 208-2877
ericborbe.cih@gmail.com
VACANCY
Mike Graham
Miami-Dade County DERM
Dept. of Env Resource Mgmt.
33 SW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33130-1501
(305) 372-6780
graham@miamidade.gov
Alain Donderiz, Safety Officer
Miami-Dade County DERM
Dept. of Env Resource Mgmt.
701 NW 1st Court
Miami, FL 33136
(305) 372-6779
dondea@miamidade.gov

Bret Maxwell
Broward County EPGMD
Pollution Prevention Division
1 North University Drive
Plantation, FL 33324
(954) 519-0308
bmaxwell@broward.org
Eduardo Koenig
Broward County EPGMD
Pollution Prevention Division
1 North University Drive
Plantation, FL 33324
(954) 519-1406
ekoenig@broward.org
Jeffry Peleg
Field Services Acct Mgr

Clean Harbors
5610 Alpha Drive
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
(561) 600-3165
peleg.jeffry@cleanharbors.com
VACANCY
Kenton Brown
Emergency Response Manager
FDEP
7251 W Palmetto Park Rd, Ste 303
Boca Raton, FL 33433
(561) 393-5877 X107
kenton.l.brown@dep.state.fl.us
Jeremy Vincent
Environmental Specialist III
FDEP
3301 Gun Club Rd, MSC7210-1
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
(561) 681-676707
jeremy.vincent@dep.state.fl.us
Jose Tovar
Environmental Resources Project Supervisor
Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department
3071 S.W. 38 Avenue
Miami, FL 33146
(786) 552-8578
tovj@miamidade.gov
VACANCY
TransportationMemberDesignated Alternate
Jeannie Cann
District Emergency Officer
Florida Dept of Transportation
1000 NW 111th Ave, Room 6205B
Miami, FL 33172-5802
(305) 470-5353
jeannie.cann@dot.state.fl.us
VACANCY
Michael Stammel
Regional Emergency Manager
AMTRAK
8303 NW 37th Avenue
Miami, FL 33147
(305) 938-7740
stammem@amtrak.com
VACANCY
Rick Barrett
Damage Prevention & Public Awareness
Florida Gas Transmission Company
7990 Steer Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32835
(407) 468-6851
rick.barrett@energytransfer.com
Mike Laycock
Damage Prevention & Public Awareness
Florida Gas Transmission Company
7990 Steer Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32835
(407) 276-6939
michael.laycock@energytransfer.com
Broadcast and Print MediaMemberDesignated Alternate
VACANCYVACANCY
Non-Elected Local OfficialsMemberDesignated Alternate
Juan Farach
EM Coordinator

City of Sunrise
10770 W. Oakland Park Blvd.
Sunrise, FL 33351
(954) 888-6060
jfarach@cityofsunrise.org
VACANCY
Water Management DistrictMemberDesignated Alternate
VACANCYVACANCY

Training

Please Note: Any agency interested in hosting a class at their location, please contact Manny Cela ( celam@sfrpc.com).

All SoFlaLEPC-sponsored training is offered FREE of charge.
Unless otherwise noted, all classes are 8 hours (one day).

HazMat Training Symposium
– January 17-20, 2017
– Daytona, Florida
– Completed

FDEM E-Plan How-2-Comply Training
– February 8, 2017
– SFRPC, Hollywood, Florida
– Completed

OSHA HAZWOPER Refresher Classes
– Date:  March 16 OR 17, 2017
– Location:  Broward County EOC, Plantation, Florida
– Completed

OSHA HAZWOPER Refresher Classes
– Date:  July 18, 19 OR 20, 2017
– Location:  Miami-Dade DERM
– Completed

HazMatIQ Classes
– Date:  August 15, 16 OR 17, 2017
– Location:  Miami Fire Department Training Center
– Completed

HazMat Technician 160-Hour Course
– Date:  Ongoing
– Location:  BSO FR Deerfield Beach
– Registration Closed

OSHA HAZWOPER Refresher Class
– Date:  December 1, 2017
– Location:  Miami-Dade WASD
– Registration Information

Other Training
– Date and Location (TBD)

Additional Training Opportunities:
Florida SERT TRAC
Broward Emergency Management Training Calendar
Broward Health Dept Emergency Operations Training Calendar
Palm Beach Emergency Management Events & Training Opportunities
FEMA Emergency Management Institute Online NIMS Courses

SoFlaLEPC Training Notification Email List
Please contact SoFlaLEPC Coordinator Manny Cela ( celam@sfrpc.com ) if you would like to be added to the Training Notification Email List.

SoFlaLEPC Training Vendors Email List
Please contact SoFlaLEPC Coordinator Manny Cela ( celam@sfrpc.com ) if you would like to be added to the Training Vendors Email List.

News

June 30, 2016

HazMat Training Video

The South Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee recently sponsored a 160-hour Hazardous Materials Class for first responders from the City of Hialeah and City of Miami Fire Departments.  The training enabled 24 firefighters to receive hazmat technician-level accreditation.
Please click here to view the video.

Shelter-In-Place Planning Project

Shelter-In-Place Brochure

Protejase en su Lugar (Espanol)

Shelter-In-Place Powerpoint Presentation

SoFlaLEPC District 11 HazMat Emergency Response Plan

2017 Plan Final Draft (2MB PDF)

Shelter-In-Place

What is SIP?

Sheltering-In-Place is the use of a structure and its indoor atmosphere to temporarily separate individuals from a hazardous outdoor atmosphere.

In simpler terms, SIP means in case of emergency going into a building that can be sealed to prevent outside air from getting inside.

Five Easy Steps

•  Go inside immediately and close all windows and doors.
•  Switch off all ventilation systems.
•  Switch on a radio or TV for emergency information.
•  Go into a room with no windows and seal the door.
•  Continue listening to radio or TV for further instructions.

Basic Supplies

•  Battery-operated radio with extra batteries
•  Duct tape and scissors
•  Plastic sheeting (if safe room has windows)
•  Drinking water in plastic bottles
•  Working flashlight with extra batteries
•  Cordless phone and cell phone if available
•  Snacks
•  Reading materials/games if kids are present

Resources and Reading Materials

Shelter-In-Place Brochure (LEPC11-140KB PDF)
Shelter-In-Place Slide Show (LEPC11-4MB PPS)
Make Haste SIP Brochure (LEPC6-250KB PPS)
Make Haste SIP Slide Show (LEPC6-4.4MB PPS)
A Practical Guide to a Chemical Emergency
(National Disaster Education Coalition – 80KB PDF)
Shelter-In-Place Flyer with Spanish translation below (LEPC7-60KB PDF)
HazMat Contingency Planning for Miami-Dade Schools (LEPC11-90KB PDF)
A Guide to Contingency Planning for Schools (LEPC11-90KB PDF)
Red Cross Shelter-In-Place with Spanish translation below (90KB PDF)

SARA Title III

Pursuant to Section 324 of EPCRA (SARA Title III), the following information is available upon request, from the LEPC:

•  Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
•  District XI Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plan
•  HAZMAT – How to Comply Handbook

SARA Title III requires that any business using certain hazardous chemicals register with state and local agencies. Penalties for failure to comply are severe. For compliance guidelines or other information, contact Manny Cela, LEPC Coordinator.

NOTICE “Pursuant to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), the District XI Local Emergency Planning Committee announces the availability of the following information for public view: Material Safety Data Sheets, Tier II Reporting Forms, 304 Hazardous Materials Emergency Plan. To obtain information, please contact your LEPC Coordinator Manny Cela at (954) 985-4416 or via email at celam@sfrpc.com.”

Related Links

The Chemical Manufacturers Association (CMA) was founded in 1872 and is one of the oldest trade associations in North America. CMA sponsors Responsible Care®, the industry’s commitment to the public to continuously improve its health, safety and environmental performance. It also serves as the focal point for the chemical industry’s collective action on legislative, regulatory and legal matters at the international, national and state levels.

CHEMTREC® offers shippers and carriers of hazardous materials a cost-effective way to comply with Federal DOT Regulations, while reducing risk and promoting Responsible Care®. In addition, CHEMTREC also works with emergency responders by helping to determine what chemicals are involved, how to protect others at the scene, as well as how to mitigate the incident.

The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2000) was developed jointly by the US Department of Transportation, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT) for use by firefighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving a hazardous material. It is primarily a guide to aid first responders in (1) quickly identifying the specific or generic classification of the material(s) involved in the incident, and (2) protecting themselves and the general public during this initial response phase of the incident. The ERG is updated every three years to accommodate new products and technology.

DOT’s goal is to place one ERG2000 in each emergency service vehicle, nationwide, through distribution to state and local public safety authorities. To date, more than seven million copies have been distributed without charge to the emergency responder community.

You may download the ERG2000 in Adobe Portable Document Format or contact the state coordinator nearest you. Copies are also available commercially through the GPO Bookstores and other commercial vendors.

Get Adobe Acrobat Reader

EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides & Toxic Substances promotes pollution prevention and the public’s right to know about chemical risks.

This site was developed to help emergency planners and the public implement the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). It showcases LEPC/SERC homepages, provides access to EPA information, and provides a discussion forum (conference) for users to address current issues related to emergency planning and community right-to-know at the local level.

The National Response Team and the Regional Response Teams are the federal component of the National Response System (NRS). The NRS is the federal government’s mechanism for emergency response to discharges of oil and releases of chemicals. The NRT is chaired by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) serves as Vice Chair.

The Right-to-Know Network provides free access to numerous databases, text files, and conferences on the environment, housing, and sustainable development. With the information available on RTK NET, you can identify specific factories and their environmental effects; analyze reinvestment by banks in their communities; and assess people and communities affected.

Florida’s State Emergency Response Commission is responsible for implementing federal EPCRA provisions in Florida and serving as a technical advisor and information clearinghouse for state and federal hazardous materials programs. The Florida Department of Community Affairs is the lead agency responsible for implementing EPCRA and provides staff support to the SERC. The Commission conducts quarterly public meetings in varying locations throughout the state. Currently, SERC membership comprises 23 Governor-appointed individuals who represent the interests of state and local government, emergency services, industry and the environment.

Dedicated to industrial chemical safety and protecting workers, the public and the environment, the Board’s mission is to work in concert with industry, labor and government to help prevent chemical accidents by determining and addressing their causes.

Public Notices

Public Availability of Information Notice:

Pursuant to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), the District XI Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) announces the availability of the following information: Tier II Reporting Forms, 304 Release Notices and the District XI Hazardous Materials Emergency Plan. To obtain information, please contact the LEPC Coordinator at (954)985-4416.

For more information, contact Manny Cela, SoFlaLEPC Coordinator.

HazMat Awareness Week

Hazardous Materials Awareness Week – February 10-16, 2013

Mercury Awareness and Education

Mercury details from the periodic table of elementsMercury (chemical symbol Hg) is also referred to as “elemental mercury”, “quicksilver” and “liquid silver”. The most common routes of exposure are absorption through the skin or inhalation as a vapor.

Short term exposure harmful effects may include skin irritation upon contact and pneumonitis from inhalation of Mercury vapors, affecting the central nervous system and kidneys. Long term effects include irritability, emotional instability, tremors, mental and memory disturbances, speech disorders, as well as inflammation and discoloration of the gums. May cause toxic effects upon human reproduction.

Common Household Items Containing Mercury

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)
Thermometers
Thermostats
Computers (CPUs)
Circuit Boards
Fluorescent Light Bulbs

County Recycling Programs for Mercury-Containing Items

Miami-Dade County Home Chemical and Waste Electronics Collection Program

Broward County Household Hazardous Waste Recycling

Monroe County Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Disposal
Resources

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mercury Quick Finder

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Mercury Program

Locate Recycling Centers for Items Containing Mercury

Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department
Home Chemical Collection Program

Broward County Waste and Recycling Services Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program

Monroe County Public Works Solid Waste and Recycling Services
Previous HazMat Awareness Week Themes

2011 – Shelter-In-Place
2010 – Safety in School Chemistry Labs
2009 – Minimizing Mercury Releases and Proper Disposal of CFLs

Please contact SoFlaLEPC Coordinator Manny Cela for more information (celam@sfrpc.com).

Section 302 Outreach

Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC)

Pursuant to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) are responsible for preparing regional hazardous materials emergency response plans, serve as a repository for regional hazardous materials information and perform outreach functions to increase hazardous materials awareness. LEPC membership consists of local professionals representing occupational categories such as firefighting, law enforcement, emergency management, health, transportation, facility owners and operators and others.

SERC 2014 How to Comply Manual (2MB)

Updated 210-page manual for a facility owner or operator with the reporting requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA).

FDEM 2014 How-to-Comply Presentation (1.5MB)

Download a “How-to-Comply” presentation prepared by the Florida Division of Emergency Management for a training session at the South Florida LEPC on February 4, 2015.

Hazards Analysis Resource Page

Technical guidance, useful links and additional resources regarding the hazards analysis process as conducted in Florida .
Facility Hazards Analysis

A hazards analysis of Section 302 Facilities is conducted at the direction of the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) every other year. The South Florida LEPC is responsible for completing this task for facilities in Monroe County. If you are a Section 302 Facility owner or operator in the Florida Keys and would like to review the information collected for your facility in the past year for omissions or errors, please contact SoFlaLEPC Coordinator Manny Cela (celam@sfrpc.com).
Weblinks

State Fire Marshal

Florida Fire Departments Directory

Florida Fire Departments Listing

County Recycling Programs for Mercury-Containing Items

Miami-Dade County Home Chemical and Waste Electronics Collection Program

Broward County Household Hazardous Waste Recycling

Monroe County Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Disposal