Local Emergency Planning Committee


Each Wisconsin County is designated as an emergency planning district and has a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) to administer the local program.  LEPC membership includes local elected officials, members of emergency response agencies (fire, law enforcement, EMS, health, etc.), and representatives for transportation, public works, the media, community groups, environmental groups, and operators of affected facilities.

LEPCs are responsible for receiving and maintaining filings of facility submissions.  They also maintain a county-wide emergency response plan, develop and maintain facilities’ off-site emergency response plans and the county’s hazmat response resources and equipment, respond to public requests for information under “community right-to-know” law, and conduct hazmat training and exercises.  Wisconsin has annual exercise requirements and the LEPC attempts to involve facilities, response agencies, and other local officials in the exercises.


Group 1:

David Abendroth, County Board Chairman; Joan Ballweg, Senator; Sue Wendt, County Board Supervisor LE

Group 2:

Derek Mashuda, Highway Department; Bob Mayer, American Red Cross; Brad Latza, DNR Representative; Evan Vandenlangenberg, Medical Service; VACANT, Ag Agent Representative; Pam Mork, Thedacare; Rachel Prellwitz, (Secretary) Health;  Gary Podoll, Emergency Management, Chair; Mark Podoll, Sheriff, Law Enforcement; Chad Holdorf, Hazmat Team; Bill Wagner, Fire Department, Vice Chair

Group 3:

Tony Daley, Berlin Journal, News Media

Group 4:

Carl Cartwright, Berlin School; Greg Skaar, Markesan Resident Home

Group 5:

Brian Malnory, Berlin Water & Sewer; Adam Roehl, Tank Technology



Rachel Prellwitz