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1-28-20

Hazardous Materials Awareness Week
February 23 - February 29, 2020

Submitted by Tara Tucker, Executive Assistant to the Executive Director 

Gainesville, FL – The week of February 23 - February 29, 2020 was proclaimed as Hazardous Materials Awareness Week by the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council at their meeting on February 23, 2020.  The North Central Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee has the job of increasing the safety of communities from chemical releases.  The Council provides staff services support to the Committee. Public outreach and education are important to increasing chemical safety in communities. 


The Committee has designated the week of February 23 - February 29, 2020 as Hazardous Materials Awareness Week.   One goal of Hazardous Materials Awareness Week is to notify the public that facilities, first responders and emergency management are working together to ensure that communities are as prepared as possible for both accidental and deliberate releases of hazardous materials. A second goal is to encourage local governments to take advantage of free hazardous materials training classes offered by the Committee.
 
The Council, whose members are local elected officials and gubernatorial appointees, administers a variety of state and federal programs for north central Florida including Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor and Union Counties.  Programs include development of the Strategic Regional Policy Plan, technical assistance to local governments in development of comprehensive plans, land development regulations and grant management, and administration of local mitigation strategies, hazardous materials, homeland security and economic development programs.  In addition, the Council staffs the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization for the Gainesville Urbanized Area, the North Central Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee, the North Central Florida Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team and The Original Florida Tourism Task Force.
 
The Council offices are located in Gainesville.  More information about the Council can be found at ncfrpc.org.




L to R: Alachua County Commissioner Charles Chestnut IV, Vice-Chair of the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council; City of Waldo Mayor Louie Davis, Immediate Past Chair of the Council; City of Alachua Commissioner Robert Wilford, Chair of the Council; Taylor County Commissioner Thomas Demps, Secretary-Treasurer of the Council; Lafayette County Commissioner Anthony Adams, Executive Committee Member of the Council and Scott Koons, Executive Director of the Council. -Photo: Submitted