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LEPC Meeting Agenda

May 19, 2005


4:05 PM meeting was called to order by Don Button with 13 members present and one guest.  Jeff Baier, Richard Everett, Cindy Howard Reeves, Mitzi Stamey, Sherry Thompson, Vivian Button, Don Button, Martin Long, Matt Traster, J. J. Deckert, Sharon Phelps, Lance Babcock, John Crosby and Vaught Lorenson.

The March 11, 2005 Tornadoes were discussed.  The National Weather Service rated the main tornado as an F3.  We do not have any public Storm Shelters.  This was discussed. 

Sharon Phelps stated she appreciated Law Enforcement arriving so soon after the Tornado to make sure everyone was alright. 

Lance Babcock stated that after the sirens went off there was lots of traffic out. The LEC received about 150 phone calls after the sirens were sounded.    

The Department Heads will meet after the LEPC Meeting to discuss the ODP 2005 fund project.  

Jeff, John, and Don went to the Highway Specialist Class in Pueblo last week.  They learned how to handle tanker truck rollovers, how to deal with static electricity and much more.

Kansas Homeland Security Council had a meeting with Texas A&M to talk about regionalization for the ODP Grants for the state.  They will probably visit with the counties to get their input.  We may need to put together a team to send to the regionalization meetings consisting of Law Enforcement, Fire Department, Emergency Medical Service, Emergency Management, Hospital and Health Department.

There will be a Table top exercise on July 28, in Liberal put on by the Kansas Homeland Security Exercise Team.  It is going to be a regional exercise for 5 to 7 counties.  Each county will be responsible to put a team together for this event consisting of Commissioners, First Responders, Health Departments and Hospitals.

We have 5 booths reserved for emergency services, EMS has 2 (they are doing blood sugars and blood pressures), Fire, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Management./LEPC.

Emergency Management has received a copy of a pre-determined burial site for Grant County Feeders that has been approved by KDHE.

Don will be leaving Monday for Anniston Alabama for a pilot program on Agro terrorism.  Kansas is a leader in developing Agro Terrorism programs.

Each department need to review your standard operating procedures, or Standard operating guidelines.  When the new Kansas Planning Standards come out we will have to review all these.  Procedures or guidelines need to be written down. 

We are talking to the Library about becoming a storm shelter for the public.  We need to talk to the Commissioners about liability and other concerns and write some guidelines.

Region 7 Local Emergency Planning Committee 2005 Conference will be August 18 -21 in Kansas City, MO.  Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM) will be providing scholarships to LEPC members wishing to attend this conference.  The application for scholarships has to be submitted to KDEM before July 18, 2005.

Vaughn Lorenson, Stanton County Emergency Management Coordinator and a Board Member for EMSAK (Emergency management Support Association of Kansas) presented Vivian Button with a plaque for EMSAK Outstanding Member of the Year 2004-2005.  She was awarded this honor at the EMSAK Conference in April, which she was unable to attend.

J. J. Deckert from EMS stated they had been busy cleaning the facility.  The Chamber Coffee will be at the EMS Building on May 20 at 10:00 and they will have an Open House to support their Relay for Life Team on May 21.  She invited everyone.

KDHE is setting up a one day Public Information Officer class on August 29, 2005 here in Ulysses.

The next meeting is June 16, 2005 at 5:00 PM in the basement of the Grant County Courthouse.

Meeting Dates for rest of year -- July 21, 2005: August 18, 2005: September 15, 2005: October 20, 2005: November 17, 2005:

December 15, 2005