January 19, 2006 LEPC
Attending were J. J. Deckert, Bud Newberry, Sharon
Phelps, Alan Olson, John Crosby, Sherry Thompson, David Wagner, Steven
Wilterding- Kansas Animal Health, Jim Spencer, Vivian Button, Ruben Flores, and
Don Button called the meeting to order at 5:05
PM at the Grant County Fire Station.
The National Weather Service out of Dodge City will be in
Ulysses on March 7 for their annual Severe Weather Awareness, Identification
and Storm Spotter Training. We will have
two classes, 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM at the Lawson Room at the Grant County
Civic Center. There is no charge for this class and the
class is open to the public.
Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM)
will hold a Debris Management Course on March 8-9 at the Pioneer Communication
Training Room. These classes will run from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days. There is no charge for this class.
EMSAK (Emergency Management Support
Association of Kansas) will hold a Conference March 29, 30 and 31 in Manhattan, Kansas. KDEM will hold a pre-conference class on IS 800 The
National Response Plan, an introduction on March 29, from 8 to Noon.
Copies of the Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist
for individuals and families and Family Emergency Health Information Sheet were
available at the meeting. This
information and other information can be found on www.pandemicflu.gov.
Kansas is going to a
Regional approach for the Office of Domestic Preparedness Grant Monies. Each county in the 7 Homeland Security Regions
will have a representative on the Regional Council. The State is requiring the Council to complete
Regional worksheet of capabilities and assessments. These worksheets were available at the
Several months ago we gave out worksheets on
information the State wants in our new Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP). Don asked if anyone had looked at these
worksheets. Don will be going to a
meeting in March to look at an electronic LEOP template the State has
The State also has a new State Mitigation Template
to update our mitigation plan. Training will be in Garden City the end of
2006 NIMS Compliance Guidelines have been
released. Some of the people who need to
become NIMS compliant are Emergency Medical Service personnel, Firefighters,
Hospital Staff, Law Enforcement Personnel, Public Health Personnel, Public Works/
Utility personnel, Skilled Support Personnel, Elected Officials and other
emergency management response, support, and volunteer personnel at all levels.
An Exercise Committee for this year was
requested. Representatives from the City
Police, Grant County
EMS and City of Ulysses have volunteered to serve on the
with Kansas Animal Health discussed the KANID Program. KANID is the Kansas
Animal Identification System, as part of the National Animal Identification
System (NAIS), is a State/Federal/ Industry cooperative program intended to
identify animal premises, individual animals, and ultimately to track movements
of animals in commerce. It is a voluntary program at this time, but in
2007 or 2008 it may become mandatory. The
Key Components of the KANID are: 1. Premises
Identification – Identifying locations that manage or hold animals—referred to
as premises—is the starting point of KANID.
Each premises will be identified with a unique seven character
identifier, or a premises identification number. 2. Animal Identification –
Animals will be identified either individually with a unique animal
identification number (AIN) or, if they are managed and moved through the
production chain as a group, with a Group/Lot Identification Number (Group/Lot
ID). 3. Animal Tracking – As animals
move from one premises to another, a few basic pieces of information will be
reported to the national animal repository: the AIN or Group/Lot ID, the
premises number of the receiving location, and the date of the animal or
animals’ arrival. The ability to achieve
a 48-hour traceback objective will be directly affected by the percentage of
animal movements that can be recorded.
Collecting animal movement information is the most challenging component
of KANID. You can already start this process by registering your premises. For more information you may call Teresa
Stephens, KAHD, (785)-296-2326.
Jerry Jo Deckert stated
they have started an EMT Basic Class On Monday, January 16, with between 15 and
18 people. The class will meet on Monday
and Thursday. They have also been
teaching instructor classes in ACLS and PALS.
The remodeling of the bathrooms and training rooms at the EMS building will start the end of January.
John Crosby, Fire Chief, stated they had had
several fires. Several counties have
issued burn bans, but John stated he was not in favor of issuing a burn ban at
Don brought the New Communication trailer that
was purchased with ODP Grant monies for people to inspect. He has plans of putting radios with all of
the neighboring counties frequency in the trailer so we can communicate with
all areas. Greg Standard from Seward County
is talking about a mutual aid agreement and furnishing a cross-band repeater
for the trailer.
The next meeting is February 16 at 5:00 PM in
the basement of the Grant County Courthouse.
Tentative meeting dates for the rest of the
year March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21,
October 19, November 16, and December 21.