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February 20, 2003                Local Emergency Planning Committee


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

Wayne Russett          Franklin Goldsby       Tom Kramer              Jeff Baier

John Crosby              Don Button                 Steve Sawyer            Ben Oliver

Sean Gooding           Sharon Phelps           Sherry Thompson     

Bill Powers                 Vivian Button


The group viewed the video from KDEM Local Elected Officials Orientation to Emergency Management and Local Emergency Planning Committee.  Bill Powers stated it was a very good video.

The Regional Foreign Animal Disease Response Plan was discussed. The KEMA Area VI Coordinators meet and discussed setting up a Focus Group to help collect information and set up the Regional Response Plan.  This Focus Group should include Commissioners, Law Enforcement, Vets, Extension, Packers, Producers swine and cattle, Health Department, Wildlife and Parks.  It will work on Roles and Responsibilities during a disaster whether it is Natural or Manmade.

We have received the ok to start ordering equipment for the 2002 DOJ Grant. 

John Crosby and Don Button attended an Air-Monitoring Class in Wichita the first of February.

Grant County received an HEMP Grant for Advance Haz-Mat Life Support Training.  We have six people, two from EMS, two from Hospital and two from Health Department, going to Wichita on March 6 and 7. 

Discussed the Homeland Security and the Alert Level Orange.  Homeland Security has set up a web site for people to get information it is

The up coming Disaster Exercise was discussed.

Don did a presentation about Emergency Management to the Exxon Mobil.

Severe Weather Spotters Training by Dodge City National Weather Service will by on March 18, 2003 at 7:00 PM in the Lawson Room of the Civic Center.  This training is open to the public.


The Next LEPC Meeting will be March 20, 2003.