Local Emergency Planning Committee Minutes
August 4, 2005
Don Button called the
meeting to at with fourteen members present.
Don Button Alfred
Baker Jeff Baier Richard Everett
John Crosby Todd
Hampton Deb McDaniel JJ Deckert
Maggie Myers Alan Olson Vivian Button Matt Mercer
Cindy H. Reeves Richard Banes John Leisher
On April 19, 2005 Gov. Kathleen
Sebelius signed an Execute Order establishing the National Incident Management
System (NIMS) as the Kansas Standard of Operation for individuals responding to
a disaster or other emergency. All State and County First Responder and Elected
Official are required to take NIMS training.
Don will be setting up some classes in the near future. They should run from 2 to 4 hours depending
on how familiar you are with the Incident Command System. The IS-700 National Incident
Management System (NIMS) An Introduction can also be taken
as an on line course at the FEMA.gov website.
Winners of the Midland
Radios at the fair were Flor Marquez and Donna Loewen. Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement
and Emergency Management visited with community members and gave away coloring
books, sticker, pamphlets, balloons, gunlocks and other items.
Four more of our
responder has completed the NFPA 472 certified HazMat Technician class held in Pueblo. Two responders were from EMS and two from the
All of the 2004 ODP
Grant Monies have been spent. We have
received 50 new portable communication radios for Fire Department, Emergency
Medical Service, Emergency Management, Sheriff’s Office and Ulysses Police
Department. The map plotter for the GIS System
has been installed. The only thing we
have not received is the Communication Trailer.
Don stated he would like
to see our community support ICE for cell phones. ICE is In Case of Emergency. You put ICE in your contacts in your cell
phone with the number of whom you would like contacted
in an emergency.
Regional Homeland Security Safety Committee is sponsoring an Informational
Seminar and Workshop on Quarantine and Isolation on August 16 and 17 in Lamar, Colorado. They will address both Agricultural and Human
Homeland Security and Kansas Emergency Management was discussed.
Cindy Howard Reeves from
Bob Wilson Memorial Grant County Hospital stated they are
working on their Bio-terrorism Plan and have hired an infection Control Nurse.
The August 30 Public
Information Officer class to be held in Ulysses has
been canceled due to the instructor not being available.
Matt Mercer, Southwest
Kansas Region Homeland Security, talked about the seven county exercise in Liberal on July 28. Eight members of our
community attended to learn how in a major disaster the counties would have to
work together. The next exercise will be
October 18 in Garden City at the Finney County Emergency Operation Center. We will need to send representatives from Law
Enforcement, Emergency Medical, Fire, Public Health and Hospital at this
Jerry Jo Deckert stated that Grant County Emergency Medical Service
and Grant County Fire Department are setting up a Mass Casualty disaster
drill. The date will be announced
later. They are also setting up training
in Hazardous Material Awareness and Incident Command. She also invited the other department to
participate and attend the exercise and training.
Deb McDaniel from
Columbia Chemical stated they have been working on Pollution Control and have
received an award from KDHE and EPA Region 7 for their efforts. They would also like to participate in a
disaster drill perhaps next year.
John Crosby stated that
the Fire Department had been slow. Jeff
Baier, Don Button and John Crosby would be going to Topeka to attend a workshop
on Operation Level HazMat training changes.
We have also been invited to attend an exercise at the Ethanol plant in
Richard Everett reported
on the Strategic National Stockpile meeting in Hugoton. They have to clarify who purchases the
medication and who gives it out.
The next LEPC meeting
will be September 22 at in the basement
training room at the Grant County Courthouse.
Meeting was adjourned at