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
VACANTVACANT
Elected Officials State & LocalMember
Designated Alternate
VACANTVACANT
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
Deputy Chief – Emergency Mgmt
Monroe County Fire Rescue
490 63rd Street, Ocean
Marathon, FL 33050
(305) 289-6065
senterfitt-martin@monroecounty-fl.gov
VACANT
Camile Campbell
EM Specialist
Broward EMD
201 NW 84th Avenue
Plantation, FL  33324
(954) 831-3961
cacampbell@broward.org
VACANT
Tatiana Belmont
EM Planner
Miramar FD - EM
14801 SW 27th Street
Miramar, FL 33027-4100
(954) 602-4813
tbelmont@miramarfd.org
VACANT
Facility Owners and OperatorsMemberDesignated Alternate
AJ Navarrete
EHS&S Mgr
Sentry Industries
5687 NW 36th Ave
Miami, FL 33142-2711
(305) 638-0800
aj@sentryindustries.net
VACANT
Jaimie Johnson
Risk Management
Allied Universal
3901 NW 115th Ave
Miami, FL 33178
(305) 888-2623 X0201
jaimiej@allieduniversal.com
Greg Namoff
Allied Universal
3901 NW 115th Ave
Miami, FL 33178
(305) 888-2653 X0137
gregn@allieduniversal.com
Jeasy Justiniano
EH&S Manager
Dean Foods/McArthur Dairy
6851 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 795-7713
jeasy_justiniano@deanfoods.com
Miguelangel Becerra
Plant Engineer
Dean Foods/McArthur Dairy
6851 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33138
(786) 239-9379
miguelangel_becerra@deanfoods.com
Axel Rodriguez
Operations Supervisor
Brenntag Mid-South
8700 NW 36th Avenue
Miami, FL 33147
(305) 835-7334
arodriguez@brenntag.com
VACANT
Junieth Arana
Safety Coordinator
Gordon Food Services
3301 NW 125th Street
Miami, FL 33167
(305) 507-2813
junieth.arana@gfs.com
VACANT
Jose Tovar
Env Resources Supervisor
Miami-Dade WASD
3071 S.W. 38 Avenue
Miami, FL 33146
(786) 552-8578
tovj@miamidade.gov
VACANT
Peter Schecter
Safety Supervisor
Jet Blue
200 Terminal Drive, Terminal 3
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
(305) 710-0503
peter.schecter@jetblue.com
VACANT
Jeffry Peleg
Business Development Manager
USA HI
2229 Griffin Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 964-3457
jeff@gousahi.com
VACANT
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
Stephen Shaw (SERC TTF Rep)
Battalion Chief/Special Ops
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue
2200 Executive Airport Way
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
(954) 828-3617
SShaw@fortlauderdale.gov
VACANT
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
Chief Doug LeValley
Fire Rescue District Chief
Seminole Tribe of Florida
3105 N. State Road 7
Hollywood, FL  33025
(954) 986-2080
douglevalley@semtribe.com
VACANT
First AidMemberDesignated Alternate
VACANTVACANT
Health & SafetyMemberDesignated Alternate
Keith Westin
Risk Management Safety Officer
Miami-Dade ISD Office of Safety
111 NW 1st Street
Miami, FL 33128
(305) 375-4352
keithwestin@miami.dade.gov
Warnell Vickers
Risk Management Manager
Miami-Dade ISD Office of Safety
111 NW 1st Street
Miami, FL 33128
(305) 876-8000
wvick@miami.dade.gov
Freda Vaughn
FDOH Region 7
Emergency Response Advisor
8175 NW 12 ST, Room 314,
Miami, FL 33126
(954) 213-0679
freda_vaughn@flhealth.gov
Natasha Strokin
FDOH Region 7 Preparedness Director
SERDSTF Health & Medical Co-Chair
18255 Homestead Avenue, 116B
Miami, FL 33157
(786) 336-1332
natasha.strokin@flhealth.gov
HospitalMemberDesignated Alternate
David Dungan
Memorial Healthcare System
Dir of Emergency Preparedness
3111 Stirling Road
Hollywood, FL 33312
(954) 883-7373
ddungan@mhs.net
Martha Payan
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Memorial Healthcare System
3111 Stirling Road
Hollywood, FL  33312
(954) 538-5116
mpayan@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
VACANT
Interested CitizensMemberDesignated Alternate
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
Carlos Nardo
E&S Administrator
Fed Bureau Prisons/FDC Miami
33 NE 4th St
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 982-1022
cnardo@bop.gov
Gerardo Reyes
Safety Compliance
Fed Bureau Prisons/FDC Miami
33 NE 4th St
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 982-1021
g1reyes@bop.gov
Local EnvironmentalMemberDesignated Alternate
Ian Moscoso
Duty Manager
Oil Response USA
2381 Stirling Rd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 296-8848
ianmoscoso@oilspillresponse.com
VACANT
Alain Donderiz
Safety Officer
Miami-Dade County DERM
701 NW 1st Court
Miami, FL 33136
(305) 372-6779
dondea@miamidade.gov

Jose Diaz
Pollution Control Inspector 2
Miami-Dade County RER DERM
701 NW 1st Court
Miami, FL  33136
(305) 372-6495
jose.diaz3@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
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
Jon Hines
Ops/Facility Mgr
Cliff Berry, Inc.
851 Eller Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 907-5190
jhines@cliffberryinc.com
VACANT
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
VACANT
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
VACANTVACANT
Non-Elected Local OfficialsMemberDesignated Alternate
VACANTVACANT
Water Management DistrictMemberDesignated Alternate
VACANTVACANT

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 22-25, 2019
– Daytona, Florida
– Registration Open (www.flhazmatsymposium.org)

FDEM E-Plan How-2-Comply Training
– February 2019
– SoFlaLEPC Office
– Pending

HazMat Technician 160-Hour Course
– April-May 2019
– Key West Fire Department
– Pending

Other Training
– Date and Location (TBD)

Additional Training Opportunities:
Florida SERT TRAC
EPCRA (non-313) Online Training for LEPCs

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.

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 HazMat Emergency Response Plan

2018 Plan Final (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:

•  SoFlaLEPC Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plan
•  HazMat Chemical Inventory (Tier2) Forms
•  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, SoFlaLEPC Coordinator.

NOTICE “Pursuant to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), the South Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee (SoFlaLEPC) announces the availability of the following information: Hazardous Chemical Inventory (Tier2) Forms,, Hazards Analyses for Facilities with Extremely Hazardous Substances, SoFlaLEPC HazMat Emergency Response Plan, How-to-Comply Information for Hazardous Materials Users and other public education materials. To obtain information, please contact your SoFlaLEPC 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 (ERG2016) 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 ERG2016 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 ERG2016 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 South Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) announces the availability of the following information: Hazardous Chemical Inventory (Tier2) Forms, Hazards Analyses for Facilities with Extremely Hazardous Substances, SoFlaLEPC Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plan, How-to-Comply Information for Hazardous Materials Users and other public information materials. To obtain information, please contact the SoFlaLEPC Coordinator at (954)985-4416.

For more information, contact Manny Cela, SoFlaLEPC Coordinator.

HazMat Awareness Information

Hazardous Materials Awareness Week

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

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 2017 How to Comply Manual (2MB)

Updated 206-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).

2018 FDEM E-Plan 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 14, 2018.

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