LEPC Meeting Minutes
September 22, 2005
The meeting was started at by Vivian Button
with 10 members present: Richard
Everett, John Crosby, Terry Crosby, Cindy Howard-Reeves, Frank Goldsby, Al Baker, David Wagner, Mitzi Stamey,
and Sharon Phelps. Dick Veach, Taylor Summers and Matt Schonlaw
from Pioneer Communications were guest.
Dick Veatch, Pioneer Communications, Talked about our choices for Hazard
alerts when they go Digital. Cable override
will not be available with Digital. They
have a television channel they are not using, that could be used for alerts for
the Grant County area. This channel could also be used in the other
counties they serve for those counties.
The problem is when we use the cable override it goes to all the people
and communities who have cable with Pioneer Communications. It also knocks people off their cable
internet. We have moved the cable
override test to on Wednesdays for now. We will discuss this more at a future
meeting. A decision does not have to be
made right away. Mr. Veatch was asked if
they could do a crawl across the bottom of the television screen. He will look into this.
Tetra tech, a firm that KAHD hired to help counties write their FAD
Plans, has a Regional meeting for County Foreign Animal Disease Emergency
Response Planning set up for the following locations. Greensburg October 3, Garden
City October 4, Colby October 5 or, Hays October 6.
National Incident Management System (NIMS) IS 700 class is on internet on
the FEMA website. It is an independent
study class that does not take long.
First responders and government officials have to be NIMS complaint
before October 2006. The FEMA website
also has many other classes. It has
classes on the Incident Command System that is used when responding to
Emergency Calls. There are four levels
of the class. IS 100, IS200 IS 300 and
We discussed the 13 pages of the NIMS compliant forms that had to be
filled out and returned to Kansas Division of Emergency Management by September 30, 2005. We will have to update our Policies and
Procedures or guidelines to become complaint with NIMS.
Don is in Hancock County Mississippi working in their Emergency Operation Center.
KEMA Conference was attended by Don, Vivian and Al Baker we brought back
information on writing Policy and procedures, Ham Radios and People with disabilities
Terry Crosby from EMS stated an EMT-I class is being held in
Hugoton and an EMT-Basic class is being held in Johnson City,
Mitzi Stamey from the Hospital stated they are trying to get a class on “Medical Management of the Contaminated Patient" brought
to Ulysses. Richard Everett stated
that the Southwest Kansas Health Initiative has some training money left and he
will see if they will help bring the class to the area.
Cindy Howard Reeves talked about the SHERT
(Southwest Hospital Emergency Response Team).
Dave Wagner talked about the Free Trash – Cleanup
days October 1 to October 8. They are
taking E-waste for the first time. This
is computer and Electronic waste.
Liberal is still working on becoming a Household hazardous Waste site
and when they get that status he will try to set Grant County up as a
Sharon Phelps from the Health Department stated they
would start giving Flu Shots to the High Risk people on October 10 and opened
to the community on October 17.
Al Baker from Columbia Chemical stated they are
starting construction on the fire damaged area this should take 6 to 9 months.
Next Meeting date October 20, 2005 at .