About The Winnebago County
Local Emergency Planning Committee
Shortly after the enactment of SARA Title III the Winnebago County Local Emergency Planning Committee was formed when the emergency response community came together to fill the need for a countywide approach to hazardous materials incidents. The events of Bhopal, India (see below) gave warning to the State of Illinois and the County to prepare for the worst and exercise the preparedness plans on a countywide basis. This forward thinking group was made up of city and county response agencies. The agenda was simple; prepare a response plan, work together, help our neighboring communities when needed, know where the hazards lie, in essence, be prepared.