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Date: August 19, 2004

Local Emergency Planning Committee Minutes

Al Baker, Deb McDaniel, Cindy Howard-Reeves, John Crosby, Vivian Button, Richard Everett, Sean Gooding, Sharon Phelps, Chuck Anderson, Maggie Myers

            Vivian Button called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM with 10 members present.

            Discussed American Red Cross training, “Introduction to Disaster Services”, to be held on September 16, 2004 from 6 PM to 9 PM at the Commercial Building at the Grant County Civic Center and Fairgrounds.  This is a prerequisite for the other classes to be held in Ulysses. This class is also being offered in Liberal and Garden City. The other classes are Mass Care: An Overview; Shelter Operations, Shelter Simulation; Disaster Assessment; Disaster Health Services: An Overview; Family Services: Providing Emergency Assistance; and ERV’s: Ready, Set, Roll.

            Don went to BP to observe their exercise on August 12, 2004.  He received a nice e-mail from Jack Owen the Crisis Management Coordinator for BP.  Mr. Owen stated Don’s participation was very beneficial.  Chuck Anderson stated he helped get ready for the exercise but he had to be out of town the day of the exercise.

            Don and Jeff Baier are in Topeka for the Hazmat Cadre meeting.  They are assisting to develop a Law Enforcement HazMat operations training. 

            Don is meeting with OXY on September 2 to discuss having an exercise with them on September 21, 2004.  He would like to know if EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement and other services would like to participate if they have a full-scale exercise. Cindy Howard-Reeves from Bob Wilson Hospital stated, they would be interested in participating.  Sean Gooding with EMS stated EMS would participate.  John Crosby wanted to know what time and what kind of scenario; most of his Fire Fighters work during the day.

            We have talked to the state and believe we have everything set to dispose of the Sera Fume.

            A list of up coming training through Kansas Emergency Management is available in the office or on the web at  There is also a link to their independent studies.

            The Mitigation 20/20 program for the state and federal government has been submitted.  It should take about 45 days for them to review the plan and approve it or notify us of changes they would like to see made.

            Sharon Phelps reminded everyone how important it was to get a flu shot.  The Health Department would start giving flu shots on October 18, 2004.

            Richard Everett talked about the KDHE Mass Inoculation Exercise Flu-X.  The exercise in this area will be in Liberal.  It was discussed how all county and city departments will be utilized, if a mass inoculation is needed.  He also talked about a “Risk Communication: A Team Approach” class being held in Hugoton on September 1st.

            Sean Gooding from EMS stated they are looking for people interested in taking the Emergency Medical Technician Course.  He would like to start a class this fall.  He also stated they are starting to teach a new “CPR for Friends and Family” class.  The cost of the course will usually be $1.00 per person.  This is the cost of the book. 

            Cindy Howard Reeves from the hospital stated they had spent their grant monies and are now in the process of writing job description for the equipment.

            John Crosby from the Fire Department talked about the Fire Substation they are setting up at Hickok.  Seven men from the Mennonite community have joined the fire department and are in the training process.  As soon as they are trained they will put a fire truck at Hickok.

            Deb McDaniel from Columbia Chemical shared a pamphlet  Inflate. Rotate. Evaluate.  How to maintain your tires.” 

            Vivian talked about the new radar equipment and Meterlogix-MxVision Weather Sentry Radar program.

            Next meeting September 23, 2004. Meeting adjourned 7:45 PM


Vivian Button,Grant County Emergency Management Secretary, LEPC Secretary