New Hanover County Local Emergency Planning Committee

The New Hanover County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)  brings together private sector and industry partners to support development and review of emergency action plans and provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens.  Our LEPC is a part of the commitment to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) effort to support planning for chemical emergencies and ensuring the public is aware of the storage and use of chemicals in our community. Information on EPCRA can be found at


The New Hanover County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meets at 11:00am on the 2nd Wednesday of the odd numbered months at the New Hanover County Government Center located at 230 Government Center Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403. A link to participate via Microsoft Teams can be requested by contacting the NHC Emergency Management office at 910-798-6900. 

  • 2023 Meeting Schedule
    • New Hanover LEPC members participating in a tabletop exerciseJanuary 11, 2023
    • March 8, 2023
    • May 10, 2023
    • July 12, 2023
    • September 13, 2023
    • November 8, 2023

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Members - Executive Committee

  • Teresa Smith, Chair
    New Hanover County Emergency Management
  • Billy Howard, Vice-Chair
    Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center Emergency Medical Services 
  • Tina Kuhr, GE, Secretary
    GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy


The mission of the New Hanover County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is to effectively plan for emergencies involving hazardous materials. The LEPC is responsible for:

  • SARA Title III environmental compliance
  • HAZMAT training and exercises
  • Site-specific chemical planning programs
  • Coordination of chemical information to emergency responders
  • Maintenance of the county-wide HAZMAT Incident Management Plan

The public is invited to attend LEPC meetings, held bimonthly via Teams. Email Teresa Smith to attend virtually.

LEPC Exercise 2022