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March 18, 2004  LEPC Minutes


The Local Emergency Planning Committee Meeting was called to order at 7:06 PM with 9 members present and one guest.


Sherry Thompson                  Steve Sawyer            Richard Banes          Matt Traster  

George Bushnell                   Vivian Button             Don Button                 Jeff Baier John Crosby


            Sherry introduced Richard Everett. He is the new BT Coordinator for the Southwest Kansas Health Initiative.  He will be coming to our LEPC meetings.

            55 people came to the National Weather Service Severe Weather Spotter training.  We had a few problems with the Statewide Tornado Drill on March 16.  The Law Enforcement ASTRA computer was down during both drills and was found not to be a reliable source for information.  The LEC’s NOAA radio did not work so they had a problem getting the information at both times.  The NOAA radio problem has been figured out and is now working.  The computer is from the state and they will have to fix the problem.  Several businesses, the hospital, assisted living and care home participated in the drill.  The school was on spring break but they do tornado drills during the year.  Shelters for the schools were discussed.

            A list of up coming training through Kansas Division of Emergency Management is available in the office or on the web at  There is also a link to FEMA’s independent study courses at this site.  An Incident Command for First Responders class is scheduled in Garden City for April 13 and 14 from 8AM to 5PM.  On April 15 and 16 Incident Command /Emergency Operations Center Interface class is also scheduled for Garden City from 8 AM to 5 PM.

            Don applied for an HMEP grant for Confined Space Training for our responders.  The Grant was accepted and the Training has been set up for March 31 and April 1 for the Confined Space Entry Training from 6 PM to 10 PM.  The Confined Space Rescue Training on April 2 from 6PM to 10PM and April 3 and 4th from 8AM to 5PM.

            He also applied for an HMEP grant for Advance Technician Hazardous Material training.  This is an 80-hour class and NFPA certified.  It was accepted for 3 people to attend.  Jeff Baier, John Crosby and Don Button will attend this class.

            The State Fire Marshall’s office has accepted Jeff Baier and Don Button to be instructors for Hazardous Material Awareness Level and Operation Level training.

            Don stated he was very proud of the Fire Department on how they handled the fire with anhydrous ammonia involved.

            The DOJ grant money should be available to spend with in the next month or so.  We are looking at buying a trailer to put our Hazardous Material equipment in so it is readily accessible.


            We are working on the Mitigation 20/20 program for the State and Federal government.   Questions were passed out for the LEPC to look at and return with answers to Emergency Management. 

            Todd Hampton and Don and the County Commissioners have been working on the GIS system for the county.  A big thank you to the County Commissioners we should be getting this set up very soon. Matt talked about security with the GIS and who would be able to view what information.  Any issue that would be pertinent to Homeland Security would not be available to persons who did not need the information.

            Richard gave an update on the Risk and Vulnerability assessment for the water supply.  The committee looked over the assessment and plan.

            Different web base programs were discussed that disseminate information.

            Also the State Regional Coordinator to assist in Homeland Security for Kansas Division of Emergency Management was discussed.

            Because of several things on April 15 it was decided that the next meeting would be on April 22 at 7PM in the basement of the Grant County Courthouse.


Meeting adjourned at 8:10 PM.