The Ellis County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) recently received a grant for Hazardous Material Emergency Preparedness from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The grant will help fund a transportation study that identifies the types and amounts of hazardous materials transported into, out of, within, and through Ellis County. The study will identify when, where and how hazards present themselves, including the various modes of transportation, vehicle types, and locations and times of transport.

The study will be conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute, which has conducted numerous other commodity flow studies for other LEPCs across the state.

Its research will include comprehensive traffic studies, including major transport routes through communities by roadway, railway and pipelines.

“The Hazardous Materials Commodity Flow Study will provide the valuable knowledge needed for communities to be prepared for emergency situations. Having a clear idea of the hazardous materials that are being transported through Ellis County will help first responders and other emergency response professionals to gain the information they need to respond appropriately to situations,” said Nick Sloan, Ellis County LEPC Chairperson.

The grant amount of $38,500 will fully fund the study. The grant does include an in-kind match of $9,625, which will primarily be provided through manpower.

For more information on the study, or the Ellis County LEPC, contact Marcus Brown at 469-309-4452.