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Don Button called the meeting to order at 12:00 Noon. Members present were Al Baker, Todd Hampton, Alan Olson, John Crosby, Anita Quimby, Sharon Phelps, Keith Bryant, Dan Bynum, Marshall Lewis, Don Button and Vivian Button.


Alfred Baker made a motion to approve the Minutes of last meeting. Sharon Phelps seconded.  Motion carried


Birney Feldt from Next-tech addressed the group about their notification plan. This is an internet based system that could notify a lot of people at one time. There is no upfront charge.


Most of the departments have their personnel trained on NIMS IS 700.a, IS 100.a and IS 200.a.  Several still need the IS 300 and IS 400.  Don has not been requested to do any of these classes for Grant County.


Resource typing private industries letters were sent out this week.


We had 78 participants at the National Weather Spotter and Identification class.


Exercise Committee needs to meet. (John Crosby, Danny Law, Janet Thomeczek, Jerry Deckert and Al Baker) We have to get it set up. KEM has to be notified 60 days in advanced.


Don gave out the paperwork for the capabilities assessment or a website where it can be downloaded.  This has to be done regionally but you cannot do it regionally unless you know how each county is answering the questions. They are looking at 22 of the target capabilities.  The regional Council meeting will be in Ulysses on May 6h in Ulysses. There are 35 people on the Regional Council.  If anyone from the LEPC wants to attend please let Don know.


IS 400 Class in Johnson March 30 & 31 at the 4-H building.


Remember the Health Fair 3-21-2009.


We received our Debris Management Plan back from FEMA we have 10 things we need to work on.  Most of the items are in the Solid Waste Plan.


Western Prairie Care home is using the Incident Command system to help with the move to Legacy.


Anita Quimby from the Health Department stated, they will be at the Health Fair and will be giving out TDAP (Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis). Pioneer Communication have donated 30 doses.  They have also finished the Aid-to-Local Grant paperwork.  They will have their part of the KDHE March Madness Exercise on Monday at 10:00 AM at the Fire Department.


Marshall Lewis stated the Area Mental Health will also have a booth at the Health Fair.


Jerry Jo Deckert stated they have six students taking the EMT-I class thru ITV and Garden City Community College.  The class should finish the first of May.  The four EMS members who are taking the Paramedic class should finish the end of May.


Keith Bryant from Grant County Feeders stated they were waiting for it to rain.


Dan Bynum with Road and Bridge stated most of their people have the IS 100 and IS 700 and they are working on the IS 200 and he is working on the IS 300.  They have updated their radios.  Randy McCauley took a class on traffic control.  The new manual has a section on traffic control for Emergency Responders.  The State wants it to be the same all over the state.  They will share this information with the Emergency Services.


John Crosby said fires have picked up some.  He is not considering a burn ban at this time.  The important thing is to call into the Law Enforcement center before you burn.  If we are in a Critical Fire Watch or Red Flag Warning then burning will not be allowed.  The decision is made on a day by day basis. He also got permission from the Commissioners to order the second set of Hurst tools for the Fire Department.


Don stated that WebEOC was back up and running.  They are listing burn bans as an information board.


Next meeting date April 16.


Alan Olson made a motion to adjourn.  Todd Hampton seconded.  Motion carried.


The meeting was adjourned at 1:15 PM.