Local Emergency Planning Team

Abby Watkins
Emergency Services
  • 306 North Street, PO Box 885
    White Cloud, MI 49349
    M-F 8am-5pm
  • (231) 689-7354
    (231) 689-7305

The Newaygo County Local Emergency Planning Team was established in 2007 by the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners via Resolution 04-012-07 as the permanent Emergency Management advisory body serving the functions of the Homeland Security Local Planning Team (LPT), SARA Title III Hazardous Materials Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), Citizen Corps Council, and Hazard Mitigation Planning Council to provide a forum for representatives of local government, private businesses, and public organizations to participate in community emergency planning and preparedness activities. This provides for a consistent approach to activities by an established team of officials involved in all aspects of emergency management.

The Local Emergency Planning Team (L.E.P.T.) is composed of community agency officials assigned key roles in the jurisdictions emergency plan and chaired by the Emergency Services Director, is a primary component of the jurisdiction’s multi-disciplined, community approach to emergency management.  This group meets regularly, as needed, and/or at the request of the CEO or Director to develop procedures for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from emergencies or disasters.   At a minimum, the Local Emergency Planning Team meets bi-monthly to specifically review the EAG and ensure that it is current and operationally ready.  The team also directs training and exercising (testing) of the plan.

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All Emergency Services activities within Newaygo County are coordinated through the Newaygo County Local Emergency Planning Team (LEPT).  These officials work together with the Emergency Services Director to support the emergency management program in providing a multi-disciplined, community wide approach to emergency readiness. The following are the functions and activities the LEPT is responsible for:

LEPT Functional Operations

  • Emergency Advisory Council (EMAP)
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee (SARAIII)
  • Citizen Corps Council (CERT, and MRC)
  • EOC Officials Group
  • Emergency Planning Committee (EMAP)
  • Local Planning Committee (Homeland Security Grant Program)
  • Hazard Mitigation Committee (Hazard Mitigation Act of 2000)

Sample Annual LEPT Activity List

  • Capability Assessment
  • Emergency Plan Maintenance
  • Emergency Mgt. Operations
  • Site / Hazard Specific Planning
  • Training
  • Exercise
  • Public Education
  • Hazard Analysis / Mitigation