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.


Please Note: Any agency interested in hosting a class at their location, please contact Manny Cela (

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

HazMat Technician 160-Hour Course
– Date: TBD
– Location: Broward County

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Training
– April 2017
– Miami-Dade and Broward
– Upcoming

Other Training
– Date and Location (TBD)

Additional Training Opportunities:
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 ( ) if you would like to be added to the Training Notification Email List.

SoFlaLEPC Training Vendors Email List
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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)


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)


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”

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)
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

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 (

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 (

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