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
Richard Everett. He is the new BT Coordinator for the Southwest Kansas Health
Initiative. He will be coming to our
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 www.accesskanas.org/kdem. 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
Don stated he was very
proud of the Fire Department on how they handled the fire with anhydrous
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
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
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
at 8:10 PM.