LEPC to discuss improvements with first-responders
By CHUCK CLEMENT, Staff Reporter
In an effort to receive more information from its member agencies, Lake County's Local Emergency Planning Committee will hold a night meeting on Oct. 16 at the Madison Fire Station.|
In an August invitation to the responder agencies, LEPC Chairman Kory Reck said that by asking for more attendees, the committee wants "to determine how we can serve each other better."
Reck added that the members "...are looking to establish goals in which we can make emergency operations more effective and beneficial to all organizations through a team concept."
When Don Thomson, county emergency management director, e-mailed the agenda for next Wednesday's meeting, he told the committee members that they should expect at least two additional members from each agency. Thomson also noted that the public could also attend the meeting, which starts at 7 p.m.
LEPC typically holds its quarterly meetings in the morning, starting before business hours.
The LEPC committee members decided during their July meeting that they wanted each body or organization represented within the group to invite additional members, other than the committee representative, to the October meeting.
The entities involved with LEPC include the city of Madison; Lake County; Dakota State University; the fire departments of Madison, Chester, Ramona, Wentworth and Nunda; Madison Community Hospital; Lake County 911, zoning and environmental protection departments; Madison Farmers Elevator; and Manitou-Gehl.
Among the new business that the committee members will conduct includes details about the 2014 HazMat exercise and an open-floor discussion on improvements to the county response plans and the needs of local organizations. Other new business items are the 2014 LEPC grant request approval and appointment of LEPC committee members.
As part of the continuing business of the committee, Thomson will provide an update of the work under way by the flooding mitigation subcommittee and ask for a discussion about the project. Thomson will report on the pre-disaster mitigation plan status, and Reck will report on the Farm Rescue funding request.
Other ongoing business include the status of the 2013 Homeland Security grant, an update of the HazMat response plan, and a funding allocation for the HazMat trailer's shelving and equipment.
LEPC typically holds its meetings each quarter on the third Wednesday of the month -- at midmonth in January, April, July and October in 2014.