The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) consists of 19 members from state and local government, including fire, law, public health, schools, industry, transportation, and the public. Members of the SERC are appointed by the Governor and are requested to supervise and coordinate activities of the (Local Emergency Planning Committee) LEPC, and to approve members of the LEPC.
A LEPC is a group of representatives from all parties interested in Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) in a community. They identify potential risks from hazardous chemicals, minimize those risks, prevent accidents, develop effective plans to deal with a chemical emergency, and provide the public with information about events that affect them. For more information on LEPCs see the "What is a LEPC" link below.