Members are encouraged to join one of the committees listed below:
Business, Membership and Community Outreach Committee
Business, Membership and Community Outreach Committee is responsible for soliciting the involvement (i.e. membership) of businesses in Kanawha and Putnam counties, in the KPEPC. This committee identifies ways in which the KPEPC can assist businesses in Kanawha and Putnam counties in preparing for disaster. The committee develops and maintains procedures for notification of hazards within the community to the community; publishes public notices which include drills, meetings, outreach programs and special communications.
Communications Systems Committee
Communications Systems Committee is to work with local government units and members to improve communications between first responders, industry, state, local, and federal agencies. The committee reviewed participation on the weekly emergency radio test reports, to help determine if this method of communication should be continued. Lack of communications is consistently an issue in after-action reports of training, real incidents and emergencies. Communications is a National Framework Core Capability. A primary communication tool is radio communication, and should be a primary objective when planning training.
Drill Planning, Exercise & Training Committee
Drill Planning, Exercise & Training Committee develops procedures for planning and executing drills and exercises that will test components of the Kanawha Putnam Emergency Management Plan. The committee assists in scheduling, soliciting participants, monitoring and evaluating all scheduled drills and exercises, plans and assists in the development of training for emergency responders including public participation as necessary and facilitates and supports education and training programs related to all-hazard preparedness as mandated by federal standards, identified gaps, and/or local needs.
The Secretary/Treasurer, in conjunction with the administrative staff and other committee members, prepares an annual budget which is presented to and approved by the KPEPC Board of Directors and the KPEPC General Membership. The Secretary/Treasurer approves the monthly financial statements and reports generated by the administrative staff. Monthly financial reports are prepared and distributed with the minutes for each Board of Directors and General Membership meetings.
Hazard Assessment, Planning & Mutual Resources Committee
Hazard Assessment, Planning & Mutual Resources Committee works with the City of Charleston, Kanawha and Putnam County Offices of Emergency Services to review and update the Kanawha Putnam Emergency Management Plan (The Plan). This emergency management plan outlines processes, capabilities, and resources of all jurisdictions, levels of government and private sectors into a cohesive approach to incident management.
Plan Implementation & Evaluation Committee
The Plan Implementation and Evaluation Committee (PIE) reviews all incidents involving hazardous materials that meet the Federal EPA Reportable Quantity guidelines activation of the Kanawha Putnam Emergency Management Plan or at the request of the KPEPC Executive Committee. This comprehensive review shall include the internal emergency response at the site where the incident occurred and the response from city, county, state and local emergency response organizations. The committee evaluates the effectiveness and implementations of the emergency response plan and recommends corrective actions and opportunities for improvement.