In response to concerns for safety around chemical facilities, Congress enacted the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), also known as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA). EPCRA covers the manufacture, use, exposure, transportation, and public education of hazardous materials. The SERC is the leading entity in the implementation of SARA at the state level to mitigate the effects of an accidental release or spill of hazardous materials. The SERC establishes Local Emergency Planning Districts within Alaska and manages the State's Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC). Alaska statute also directs the SERC to be an all-hazard SERC. This means that the Alaska SERC is tasked to address hazardous materials issues and all other hazards and threats that might create an emergency situation in Alaskan communities. Select the SERC Home link for SERC information. Alaska Statute 26.23.071 establishes the Alaska SERC and specifies it's duties.
Each Local Emergency Planning District (LEPD) has its own LEPC. LEPC members are volunteers who live in the LEPD. The SERC approves LEPC members. The LEPC implements EPCRA at the local level. Select the LEPC Home link for LEPC information.
The responsibility to coordinate SERC and LEPC activities in Alaska resides with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 907-428-7000. The SERC Coordinator is Kevin Reeve, 907-428-7019, email Kevin Reeve.
The next SERC/LEPCA meeting will be held in Anchorage on October 25, 2019. The SERC meeting will be held from 1 PM to 5 PM and the LEPCA meeting will be held from 8 AM to 12 PM at the Anchorage Downtown Marriott, 820 W. 7th Ave.
Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
Mr. Michael "Mike" Sutton was appointed as acting director of the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM) within the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs on December 11, 2017. He was appointed Deputy Director on June 5, 2015.
Mr. Sutton started his career with the State of Alaska in November of 2005. Mike was the Exercise Program manager in the DHS&EM Preparedness Branch where he planned, coordinated, executed and evaluated the largest homeland security exercise in Alaska's history - Alaska Shield 07.
Following a highly successful exercise and after more than 28 years of public service, Mr. Sutton ventured into the private sector and started his own business. As president of Alaska's leading veteran-owned emergency management consulting firm, he won contracts for developing an Emergency Operations Plan for the National Science Foundation's Antarctic outpost at McMurdo Station, writing the Alaska Catastrophic Response Plan for FEMA Region X, creating the first Regional Tribal Response Plan for FEMA, and updating emergency operations plans for dozens of Alaska's borough's and communities.
Mr. Sutton retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2005 after 25 years of service with over 2,400 hours in the F-4E and RC-135 aircraft.
Mr. Sutton holds a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree from Texas A&M University graduating in 1978, and completed post-graduate work in Leadership, Management, and Cultural Diversity. Mr. Sutton is a Distinguished Graduate of Squadron Officer's School, completed Air Command and Staff College, and is a graduate of Armed Forces Staff College.
Mike is an avid outdoorsman and can be found on most weekends with his wife Alisha on one of Alaska's many hiking trails or on their boat out in Prince William Sound. They have 3 grown children and live in Anchorage, Alaska.
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