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January 16, 2004

Minute to the Local Emergency Planning Committee Meeting

January 15, 2004


            Meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM with 14 members present.


Jeff Baier                   John Crosby             Al Baker                     Sean Gooding

Don Button                 Steve Sawyer            Tom Kramer              Terry Crosby

Sherry Thompson      Sharon Phelps           Ruben Flores Maggie Myers

Vivian Button             Cindy Howard Reeves


            Don started the meeting by discussing the January 13th class in Garden City put on by KDHE.  The class was “Contingency Planning for pre-selection of Emergency Animal Burial Sites at Confined Animal Feeding Operation”.   The committee looked over the information he brought back and discussed the things that have to be considered in picking a site.  He stated that about 100 producers were at the class.

            The Texas A & M Risk and Threat Assessment Class in Ulysses on January 20, 21 and 22 is full.  We have approximately 58 people who are coming.  This is a hands-on class, the first day is informational and tools to use, the second day is assessing sites and the third day is presenting the findings.  We have a wide variety of people registered.

            On December 3, 2003 the National Weather Service presented Grant County with a Plaque and sign that state that we are a Storm Ready County.  This designation is good for 3 years.  Grant County is one of fifteen counties with this designation.  The spring Severe Weather Spotter Training has been set up for March 2, 2004 at 7:00 pm at the Lawson Room of the Grant County Civic Center.

            The ODP Grant money for the county should be available by the middle of February.  This money can only be used for equipment and training.

            There is Grant money for Law Enforcement, both city police and county sheriff becoming available this will be distributed through Emergency Management.

            Jeff  Baier and Don Button spend two weeks in December in Topeka taking the “Chemistry of Hazardous Materials”.  It was an intense class and they will be sharing some of what they learned with the Emergency Services for training.

            Jeff and Don were also approved to teach Hazardous Material Awareness Level and Operation Level class through the Kansas Fire Marshall’s office

            Cindy with Bob Wilson Hospital has bio-terrorism money to spend and possible equipment to purchase was discussed and setting up a decon site for the hospital.

            Kansas is updating their Kansas Planning Standard for our Local Emergency Operation Plans.  When these are finished we will have to update our plan.  They are going to try to make them more county specific.

            Sherry from the Health Department stated they were working on updating their Small pox Plan.  Also they have some flu vaccine available and things have slowed down just a little.  They also have bio-terrorism money that will be available to spend soon.

            Maggie from the Area Mental Health stated she greatly appreciated the Critical Incident Stress Management class we had in Ulysses.  She reminded everyone that the Area Mental Health is available to all emergency services if they are needed. 

            Don stated he was going to try to get an advanced Critical Incident Stress Management class for our area.

            Now is the time to apply for the HMEP Grants.  We have received grants in the past for Hazardous Analysis, update information systems, Hazardous Material training.

            Don will be attending the Shert (Southwest Hospital Emergency Response Team) Meeting in Garden City tomorrow, January 16, 2004.

            Our next meeting will be February 19, 2004 at 7:00 PM in the basement of the Grant County Courthouse.

            Adjourned 7:52 PM


Vivian Button