The committee partners New York State, Rensselaer County and local officials, law enforcement, fire, HazMat, EMS, public health, environmental, hospital, transportation, media, community groups and businesses and other facility owners for the purpose of planning and preparedness to hazardous materials incidents.

The LEPC does not function in actual emergency situations, but attempts to identify and catalogue potential hazards, identify available resources, mitigate hazards when feasible, and write emergency plans. According to the National Response Plan (NRP) the initial response to an emergency incident or disaster is by local officials. The role of the LEPC is to anticipate and plan the initial response for foreseeable disasters in their jurisdiction. The emergency response plan and all LEPC files are maintained by the Rensselaer County Bureau of Public Safety.