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July 15, 2004

Local Emergency Planning Committee Meeting Minutes


Don Button called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM with 12 members present.


Don Button, Vivian Button, Tom Kramer, Alan Olson, John Crosby, Jeff Baier, Ben Oliver, Steve Sawyer, Richard Everett, Sherry Thompson, Chuck Anderson, Sean Gooding


            The ODP Project Grants order line is open again.  We are waiting for our quotes to be put on line.

            Don was asked to be on the Kansas Division of Emergency Management Training Cadre.  They met last week and discussed training for the upcoming year.  We are trying to get at least 3 classes to southwestern Kansas. These are Mass Casualties/Fatalities in WMD, Debris Management, and Multihazard Safety Programs for Schools.  Incident Command System, ICS/EOC Interface, Principles of Emergency Management, Emergency Planning, Terrorism Exercise and Design, are some of the other classes to be offered in the state.

            Grants through the USDA were discussed.

            Kansas Division of Emergency Management has announced that our regional Coordinator will be Mathew Mercer.  He will start July 19, 2004

            Don has secured a double booth at the Grant County Free Fair for Emergency Services.  If you have information or handout you would like to have at the booth please bring them to Emergency Management or have them at the booth Tuesday afternoon or by 10:00 AM on Wednesday.  We have information from the National Weather Service, Kansas Animal Health, Division of Emergency Management, Red Cross and others.

            On July 8 2004 we had a Hazmat Call to the downtown area. The call was handled with professionalism and cooperation by all entities: Fire, Emergency Medical Service, Emergency Management, ATMOS, Law Enforcement and Kansas Division of Emergency Management.  We appreciate all of the cooperation from the owner of the building and the adjacent businesses and owners.  The Kansas Division of Emergency Management was impressed by how our responders handled this incident.

            The first draft of our Mitigation 20/20 plan has been completed.  Copies were given out to LEPC members for their opinions.  Copies will also be available at the Fair for citizens to examine.

            Jeff Baier and Don Button have been asked to be on the State of Kansas HAZMAT Training Cadre.

            Richard Everett reported on the Forensic Epidemiology class in Hugoton.  About 30 participants from Law Enforcement, Hospitals, Public Health, Emergency Management, Fire Departments, and Emergency Medical Services attended.  The class sponsored by the Southwest Kansas Health Inititative (Grant, Morton, Seward, Stanton and Stevens Health Departments Regional Team), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), and Kansas Association of Local Health Departments (KALHD).


            Steve Sawyer stated he was thankful for the rain.  He said the wheat crop was not as good as expected, but the corn crop should be better.

            John Crosby stated the Fire Department only worked one fireworks related fire.

            Sean Gooding from EMS stated he is getting his staff positions filled.

            Tom Kramer said the road sealing is about done and they are starting to work on the water erosion on the roads from the rains.

            The KEMA Conference will be September 15, 16, and 17 at the Holiday Inn in Manhattan.  The Conference will be in Hays in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

            The next LEPC Meeting will be August 19, 2004.

            Meeting Adjourned 8:00 PM

            Meeting Dates for rest of year --September 16, 2004 -- October 21, 2004 --November 18, 2004 --December 16, 2004


Vivian Button