State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

In accordance with SARA Title III, the Governor established by Executive Order 1987-5 the Michigan Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Commission on April 17, 1987. Duties of the commission are as follows:

  • Designate emergency planning districts to facilitate preparation and implementation of emergency - response plans;
  • Appoint members to Local Emergency Planning Committees within each emergency planning district;
  • Supervise and coordinate the activities of Local Emergency Planning Committees;
  • Designate an official to serve as coordinator for information;
  • Receive and process requests from the public regarding emergency response plans, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), inventory forms, and toxic chemical release forms and emergency release notices; and
  • Review and make recommendations on emergency response plans submitted by LEPCs.


On May 2, 2007, Executive Order 2007-18 abolished the Michigan Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Commission and created the Michigan Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council. The order states that this new Council is designated as the state emergency response commission required under Section 301 of SARA Title III, and it will perform all of the duties of a state emergency response commission under the Act. The Council is created as an advisory body within the Department of State Police. 

Michigan Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council