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October 18, 2007


Don called the meeting to order at 6:08 PM.  Al Baker made a motion to accept the minutes to the last meeting. Jerry Jo seconded. Motion carried.


Members present were Don Button, Al Baker, J J Deckert, Richard Everett, John Crosby, Keith Bryant, Luis Sandoval, Marty Velasquez and Vivian Button.


Upcoming training:

Amateur Radio Operating License (Ham Radio) October 27 at the Civic Center in Ulysses;

Incident Command System --ICS 300 Garden City Kansas October 25 & 26.

Incident Command System –ICS 300 Johnson City, Kansas November 13 & 14

ACLS at Grant County EMS in Ulysses October 19 & 20


HMEP (Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning) Grant has to be applied for by December 31, 2007.  We might look into sending some people to Pueblo for Railcar Specialist Training. 


The Southwest Kansas Regional Emergency Planning Council is working spending the 2006 ODP Grant Money. The main part of the money is being put into interoperable communications.  They are putting 800 MHZ radio is each dispatch center in all 18 counties and each of the Communication Trailers in the Region.  The 2007 ODP Grant Money will be spent on 800 MHZ radios for ambulances and hospitals in each county and to help equip the Incident Management Team.  They are also looking at doing a workshop for all Emergency Services and Schools to help develop action plans on how to deal with situations.


Don has been working on the NIMS (National Incident Management System) Compliance Metric it is 24 pages.  Don figures we have 120 personnel including EMS, EMA, Fire, School, City and County Personnel who need to be trained in IS 700 (NIMS), Incident Command 100 and 200.  About 80 of those people have the IS 700, 20 have the ICS-100 and 10 have the ICS-200.  Middle management and supervisors need the IS-700, IS-800, ICS-100, ICS-200, and ICS-300.  Anyone who could be an Incident Commander or part of the General Staff needs to have the IS-700, IS-800, ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-300, and ICS-400.  The IS-700, IS-800, ICS-100 and ICS-200 can be done online at


Update on our Federal Disaster DR 1675, the ice storm, some of the Road Damage was not covered.  However, they never sent a letter of denial. So when Don found out he put in an appeal.  The appeal was denied.  Some of the reasons it was denied are not valid so Don is submitting another appeal.


Luis with BP thanked everyone for their participation at the Safety Fest. They have a pipeline project east of Ulysses.  Don stated when he attended their exercise he was glad to see they are using the Incident Command System. 


Don will be visiting with Mr. Hall next week and he will ask what they decided about using one of the schools for a storm shelter. 


The Bedrock group has visited with Cooper Clark and the Baughman foundation about grants for shelters.  They need to find an organization that is 501c3 not for profit to sponsor them.  They met with Commissioners on Tuesday.  The County Attorney stated it was not an option for the County because we are not a 501c3 organization.  The Bedrock Committee said they met with Steve Dieker and he would provide them $7,000 toward the shelter and provide the land to put the shelters on. They also talked about fund raisers.


Don has not been contacted since he addressed the Ministerial Alliance about using churches for storm shelters.


Keith Bryant from Grant County Feeders stated they are staying busy.  He has some pictures that were taken during the ice storm he will e-mail them to Don. Don also asked Keith if he would look at a stop movement plan he is looking at to see what he thinks.


Discuss the Community Emergency Response Team Training.  We will contact the people who have signed up for a consensus of when they would like to see the training.


Don introduced Marty Velasquez the new USD 214 representative. 


Another regional project is a Mass Casualty Transport Vehicle.  The vehicle was donated by USD 214 to the county.  The Region is going to help with equipment and setting it up.  It will be housed at Grant County EMS.


Jerry Jo stated they have 9 people signed up for the ACLS class.  On November 3rd and December 1st, Grant County EMS will sponsor 6 credit hours each day of EMS training.  She also talked about the Region Seven LEPC Conference she attended.  She stated there was lots of good training and information and she would recommend attending the LEPC Conference to anyone interested.


Richard Everett reminded everyone of the Amateur Radio training.  He stated the Health Departments are doing flu clinics.


John Crosby stated the Fire Department was doing more tours because of October being Fire Prevention Month.


Al Baker made a motion to adjourn.  John Crosby seconded.  Motion carried.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 PM.


Submitted by Vivian Button