The CFRPC serves as the public access repository for the reports filed under EPCRA in the District VII LEPC area, which includes Polk, Hardee, Highlands, DeSoto, and Okeechobee Counties. This information is used to compile local and regional hazardous materials emergency response plans that are activated in the event of a chemical emergency. These plans are updated regularly as more facilities come into compliance or as inventories change.
CFRPC Staff provides assistance to various agencies throughout the state for the conduct of training exercises in order to allow first responders and other emergency management personnel to practice their skills. These exercises were conducted in full compliance with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and included Full Scale, Table Top, Drills and Functional Exercises.
The CFRPC is the coordinator for the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) that is responsible for increasing hazardous materials safety and awareness. The LEPC accomplishes this by assisting in planning for chemical spill mitigation, supporting and providing training events, designing, conducing and evaluating emergency exercises and educating the public on how to react to a hazardous materials release.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management, Division of Community Planning and Department of Transportation in coordination with the Central Florida Regional Planning Council have developed the Statewide Regional Evacuation Study for the Central Florida Region. This report updates the region’s evacuation population estimates, evacuation clearance times, and public shelter demand.