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LEPC Meeting Minutes for June 16, 2005


            Don Button called the meeting to order with 13 members present and one guest.

            Sherry Thompson, Sharon Phelps, Cindy Howard Reeves, Mitzi Stamey, Alfred Baker, Richard Everett, Alan Olson, Frank Goldsby, David Wagner, Jeff Baier, Matt Traster, Julie Fowler, Don Button, and Vivian Button.

            The minutes from the May 19 meeting were approved as written.

            A discuss was held on the weather of the last month.  The Sirens will not be sounded unless the Cities of Ulysses and/or Hickok are in danger.  Citizens need to remember it is best to take shelter during weather and not try to follow or get pictures of storms.  There were so many people watching the tornadoes on Friday, May 3rd, that the storm spotters had a difficult time getting where they needed to be to do their jobs.

            The Project Community Alert (PCA) is a comprehensive emergency preparedness program designed to reduce injuries and deaths from natural and technological disasters through education, preparedness and action. The PCA-Program is built around the promotion of NOAA All-Hazard Alert Radios. PCA is a cooperative effort sponsored by Grant County Emergency Management, Grant County Local Emergency Planning Committee and Ulysses Building & Supply Co. Inc. This project is now under way and you can purchase the radios at Ulysses Building & Supply Co Inc. The $40.00 Midland Radios are selling for $29.95 plus tax.

            We need to set up a team for the July 28th exercise at Liberal Activity Center with Morton, Stevens, Stanton, Seward, Grant Haskell, and Meade.  The exercise will run from 10AM to 3PM.  The team should consist of Fire, Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Service, Emergency Management, Public Works, Government Officials, Public Health, Extension Agent, Local Vet and Public Information Officer.

            Don attended the AgERT Training in Anniston Alabama.  They are trying to develop training for State and Federal Vet Core as well as policy and procedures for Vets working with Responders.

            Kansas Emergency Management Association Conference is September 14-16, 2005 in Hays, Kansas. Some of the training opportunities are FAD exercise, Agriculture planning trends, Advocating Agency needs, Continuity of Operations and Government, MERG –Medical Emergency Response Groups, Writing Standard Operating Guideline, Web EOC Training, NIMS Training, Ten Tips for Terrific Trainers, Legal Authorities in a Crisis, and Strategic Communications.

            LEPC Conference is August 18-21, 2005 at the Clarion Sports Complex Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri.  Some of the training opportunities are 8-hour Hazwoper, Secrets of Successful Grant Writing, Several Hazardous Material Classes, Basics of Incident Command, Basics of LEPCs, Radiation, Health & Medical, Exercise Issues and Homeland Security.

            KDEM Training Cadre will meet July 19 and 20. The List of training that can be brought to our area can be found on the Kansas Division of Emergency Management web site.  We can request but the Training Cadre has the final say of what training is available and where.

            We will be sending three more responders to the Hazmat Tech Class in Pueblo in July.

            Public Information Office training will be at the Pioneer Communication Media Room at August 30 from 8AM to 5PM.

            Colorado’s Homeland Security People are offering training in Quarantine and Isolation in Lamar, Colorado on August 16 – 17, 2005

            Sherry and Sharon from the Health Department reminded everyone to us insect repellant for mosquitoes with all of the moisture we have received.

            Cindy and Mitzi from Bob Wilson Hospital stated the ER has been busy and they have used their disaster plan recently.  The Hospital and Emergency Services are working well together.

            Richard Everett from Southwest Kansas Health Initiative will have a regional meeting on July 17. They are trying to get a class on Packing and Shipping.  The are also trying to get Scott Kortner from KDHE to come and put on a class about the Strategic National Stockpile

            DOJ 03 grants are finished we received our last items.  DOJ 04 grant waiting on the site to open back up to order and numbers for items to order.  DOJ 05 grants trying to figure out what to order but can’t make a complete discussing until 04 items are ordered.

            The next meeting will be August 4th at 5:00PM in the basement of the Grant County Courthouse.