The CERC is the single body within the Commonwealth with the statutory authority, appointed by the Governor, to review, recommend, advise the Commonwealth's Senior Elected officials on issues that impact the Commonwealth's ability to meet its vision and requirement to protect the citizens of the state in the event of any incident, disaster or catastrophe.
The CERC works to integrate the various capabilities, capacities, issues and solutions to ensure there is a single body looking to solve the emergency response and emergency management issues in the Commonwealth.
Originally founded as the Commonwealth's response to the SARA Title III requirements, the CERC is the agency responsible for administering the Public Right to Know Program. In 2010, the CERC, under the authority of the Governor and the Director of Emergency Management embraced the All Hazards role to provide all communities with a senior organizational element able to look holistically across organizational lanes to provide the state's senior elected officials with a comprehensive perspective on emergency issues and requirements.
The laws and regulations governing the implementation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act in Kentucky can be found in KRS 39E and 106 KAR Chapter 1, respectively.
In Kentucky, the Emergency Response Commission is known as the Kentucky Emergency Response Commission or the Commonwealth Emergency Response Commission (CERC). [Read More]