Montana's State Emergency Response Commission

 The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) members are appointed by the governor. The eight-member commission advises the Governor on emergency response and preparedness issues relevant to administering state and federal requirements.  The SERC may select members, or other subject matter experts to serve on committees and subcommittees set up by the commission.

The SERC recognizes and works with several committees which are:

  • Steering Committee
  • Hazardous Materials Committee
  • All-Hazards Response Committee
  • Senior Advisory Committee (SAC)
  • Montana Emergency Response Framework - Emergency Support Functions (MERF-ESF) Committee
  • Emergency Alert System / Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (EAS/IPAWS) Committee

The service of individuals serving on the SERC and its associated committees to Montana is important and valued.  The advice and decisions made by the SERC and its associated committees make Montana a better place to live and work.  Members can find information and background materials in the SERC Members Packet

The SERC is continually reviewing its mission to see what improvements or changes should be made to strengthen our emergency response capabilities.  Making Montana a secure, disaster resilient state requires many stakeholders finding ways to adequately prepare and respond to emergencies.  We strive to listen to the whole community so that we ensure the SERC and committees are responsive to their needs.

If you have any questions regarding these materials, please contact the SERC at or contact Disaster and Emergency Services at (406) 324-4777. 




Local and Tribal Emergency Planning Committees Information

EPA's National Handbook

The EPA developed a National Handbook as a resource for local jurisdictions to strengthen community p-preparedness for accidental chemical releases.  It compiles and expands upon existing guidance materials for the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and its amendments under the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018. 

The EPA's National LEPC-TEPC handbook can be found within the EPA website at