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Date: February 17, 2004

To:  Local Emergency Planning Committee Members


            Meeting was called to order by Vivian Button, Secretary at 7:00 PM with 7 people present.

            Vivian Button , Chuck Anderson, Sherry Thompson,Tom Kramer,

Raymond Fonseca, Richard Banes, Steve Sawyer

            National Weather Service Severe Weather Spotter Training will be March 2, 2004 at 7:00 PM in the Lawson Room at the Grant County Civic Center.  If you are unable to attend and would like to attend a different class,

            Hugoton is February 25, 2004 at the Fire Department at 109 Northwest Avenue at 7:00 PM or

            Hamilton County is February 26, 2004 at the Syracuse High School Lecture Hall on north Main Street at 6:30 PM Mountain time. 

            Kearny County March 29 – 7:00 PM at the Library meeting room in Lakin, 307 North Main. 

            Stanton County March 23, 7:00 PM Johnson Senior Center, 205 East Weaver.

            Finney County March 15 at 3:00 pm and 7:00 PM at the Garden City, Law Enforcement Center, 304 North 9th in the basement conference room. 

            Haskell County March 18, 7:00 pm at Sublette in the Basement of Coop, north side of HWY 56.

             A list of up coming training through Kansas Emergency Management will be available at the meeting.

            The EMSAK (Emergency Management Support Association of Kansas) Conference will be March 3 – 5, 2004 at Hutchinson, Kansas at the Plaza Hotel and Convention Center.

            Don has been to Kepley and helped revise their tornado plan. He has also met with the High School and Sullivan to assist with their Shelter in Place plans.

            Don went to the training exercise in Dodge City and has visited with the Ford County Fire Department.  Some time in the future the Ford County Fire Department and The Grant County Fire Department will be doing some training together.

            He has done a 4 hour ICS course for Hamilton County and will be doing a Radiological Monitoring Class for Seward County Fire Department and a Haz-Mat Awareness level class for Kearny County.

            He is in close contact with the Kansas Highway Patrol and is working on how to spend the upcoming Grant Money when we received the OK to spend it.  Tom Kramer from Road and Bridge wanted to know if the grant would pay for pumps for the water tanker so they could be used easier for decon or to make filling the fire trucks easier.  I told him I would check into the possibility.

            Todd Hampton and Don are working on trying to get GIS for the County.

            We have heard lots of positive feedback from the Risk and Threat Assessment Class that was held in Ulysses in January.

            We need to decide what kind of exercise we are going to do this year and form a committee to work on the exercise.  Mr. Fonseca from BP said they are planning an exercise for this summer at BP.  The exercise has to have Haz-Mat to meet the criteria for the SLA funding.

            Sherry Thompson stated she is sending out syndromic surveillance letters again in conjunction with updating the Health Department Bio-terrorism Plan.  Police Chief Charles Gregory was on the Bio-Terrorism Task Force since he is no longer here someone needs to be appointed for his vacancy.  This fall KDHE is looking into doing a mass vaccination exercise with flu vaccine.  The Health Department will need assistance with this exercise.

            Richard Banes stated the Water Assessment was done except for some name changes because of people leaving.  He will try to bring this information next meeting for the committee.  He and Sherry stated that water samples could now be sent with the KDHE courier that comes to the Health Department once a week.

            Steve Sawyer from Cropland Coop said they are doing some training and doing Tier II reports.

            Tom Kramer from Road and Bridge said they were going to be working by Kantex Feeders (Road 22 to the County Line). Also sometime this summer the state and federal government will be working on the bridge on Moscow Road.

            The next LEPC meeting will be March 18,2004.


If you have any question, or if I can help further, let me know by calling me at (620) 356-4430 or e-mail me at

Vivian Button, Secretary      Grant Co. Emergency Management