The Technological Hazards Unit coordinates the State’s effort to enhance the emergency preparedness and response capabilities of communities throughout Texas. Key programs supporting these efforts include the Agreement-in-Principal (AIP)/Pantex program, Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant program, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) program, and the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) program.
Examples of technological hazards may include industrial pollution, nuclear radiation, toxic wastes, dam failures, transportation accidents, factory explosions, fires, and chemical spills. Technological hazards also may arise directly as a result of the impacts of a natural hazard or man-made incident or event.
LEPC’s help protect their communities from potential hazardous materials incidents as well as provide guidance to the community. LEPC’s also play a lead role in hazardous materials emergency planning.
The LEPC Handbook is an in-depth reference for those who want to understand more about polices, programs and procedures that LEPCs can use to enhance their effectiveness an community resilience. The LEPC Primer is a brief overview of LEPC functions in Texas. The LEPC Guide is the in-depth reference for use by existing committees. The LEPC Project Book contains a number of projects aimed at enhancing LEPC performance.
TDEM will be accepting applications from Texas LEPCs that require a Commodity Flow Study (CFS) for their jurisdiction. The application period will run from January 1 through February 28 of the current fiscal year for projects in the next fiscal year. Applicants will be selected and notified in March. This will allow contracts to be readied and work to commence as early as possible in the new Fiscal Year. Please complete this form and submit it to TechHaz@tdem.texas.gov for consideration.
The Texas Division of Emergency Management is the lead agency for the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). Part of those duties requires the annual submission of Form 151 from the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) which assists the SERC to stay in compliance with the Environmental Protection Community Right to Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA). Form 151 also allows TDEM access to all up-to-date contact information for key stakeholders for the LEPC.
Course Registration Period
The Technological Hazards Unit utilizes a fixed course registration period to create the upcoming fiscal year’s training calendar. The registration period opens July 1st at 8:00 am (CDT), during which agencies are permitted to submit requests for courses for the upcoming fiscal year. The registration period will remain open until September 30th at 5:00 pm (CDT).
Please note: Not all course requests submitted will be approved for funding.
Courses will continue to be scheduled during this period until all the funding has been allocated. At that time all pending course requests will be moved to the waitlist.
Agencies are responsible for the accuracy of the information on their course registration.
Please note: Any course request submitted after the period closes will be placed on the waiting list in the order that it was received. The Technological Hazards Unit will not accept any course requests submitted before the designated start time of the course registration period.
Students can browse and register for hazardous materials courses here. Search the TDEM classroom catalog for available hazardous materials courses.