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CHAPTER 2 Select Leadership, Set Objectives, and Define Data Requirements The first step of an HMCFS involves selecting the project's leadership, setting objectives, and defining data requirements based on the project's objectives. A flow chart of the HMCFS process focusing on HMCFS leadership, objectives, and data requirements is shown in Figure 2-1. 2.1 Select Leadership The leadership of the HMCFS project consists of two groups. One group is the core team, which is responsible for "the big picture" with respect to the HMCFS project. Another group is the project team, which is responsible for coordinating and managing the HMCFS project. 2.1.1 HMCFS Core Team The first step in conducting an HMCFS is identifying the core team. The responsibilities of the HMCFS core team include the following: Oversight of the HMCFS project, Identification of HMCFS project objectives, Review of HMCFS results, and Implementation of HMCFS results. Selecting the core team is an opportunity to involve major hazmat transportation, responder, and community stakeholders in the project. The core team may involve the same individuals who participate in core planning for a jurisdiction's emergency plan. Some or all of the following individuals, agencies, or sectors may be included: LEPC executive members; Elected officials; Emergency management; Fire services; Hazmat response teams; Law enforcement; Emergency medical services; Public health, hospitals, and health care facilities; Transportation, public works, or utilities; Social services and environmental protection; Private sector (industry, hazmat carriers, etc.); Local planning agencies and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs); and Non-government offices or economic, environmental, or social advocacy groups. 17

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18 Guidebook for Conducting Local Hazardous Materials Commodity Flow Studies Figure 2-1. The HMCFS leadership, objectives and data require- ments process. Involvement of the core team is directly relevant to the direction of the HMCFS project through objectives setting. It is also important for reviewing project information, implementing it into the broader context of emergency planning, and building local support of public officials, the private sector, and general public. 2.1.2 HMCFS Project Team The HMCFS project team will be responsible for coordinating and managing the HMCFS project, based on the objectives identified by the HMCFS core team. These responsibilities may include the following: