The likelihood that you and your family will survive a house fire depends as much on having a working smoke detector and an exit strategy, as on a well-trained fire department. The same is true for surviving a terrorist attack or other emergency.

We must have the tools and plans in place to make it on our own, at least for a period of time, no matter where we are when disaster strikes. Just like having a working smoke detector, preparing for the unexpected makes since.

The whole community can participate in programs and activities to make their families, homes and communities safer from risks and threats by participating with your local emergency planning committee (LEPC). Contact the Kanawha and Putnam Counties West Virginia Local Emergency Planning Committee (KPEPC) today. Get Involved!


Emergency management can be defined as the preparation for and the carrying out of all emergency functions necessary to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters caused by all hazards, whether natural, technological, or human caused. 

The Kanawha and Putnam Counties West Virginia Local Emergency Planning Comittee offers a forum for communities, governments, industry and citizens to work cohesively toward common emergency management goals.