Inter-agency teams, including the National Response Team and Regional Response Teams, conduct preparedness and response activities and provide other support.
Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs)
LEPCs work to understand chemical hazards in the community, develop emergency plans in case of an accidental release, and look for ways to prevent chemical accidents. LEPCs are made up of emergency management agencies, responders, industry and the public.
National Response Center
The National Response Center (NRC) is the federal government's national communications center, which is staffed 24 hours a day by U.S. Coast Guard officers and marine science technicians.
National Response System
EPA functions within a larger federal structure when it responds to emergencies and nationally significant incidents.
Key Federal Agencies
The U.S. Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other federal agencies provide support during environmental emergencies.
Several EPA Special Teams, including the Environmental Response Team, Radiological Response Team, and National Decontamination Team, provide specialized emergency response support.
State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs)
SERCs oversee the implementation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) requirements in each state.
U.S. Border Programs and International Partnerships
International programs help to prepare for and prevent environmental emergencies along the northern and southern borders of the United States and around the world.