An array of topics were discussed among those attending the final 2015 Local Emergency Planning Committee (L.E.P.C.) Committee meeting held October 15 at the Audrain County Courthouse.
Old/Unfinished Business/Other Items:
• There was one quarterly hazard incident reported at Dawn’s Foods. There was no action needed from the Department of Natural Resources though they were notified.
• An update was given on the Hazard Communities Flow Study. Audrain County Emergency Management Director Steve Shaw said he’s reached out to Boy Scout Troops for help as the youngsters could earn a emergency preparedness merit badge. Volunteer groups will also be sought for the study.
• Norfolk Southern will establish a two hour training program for responders. No date has yet been set.
• A Champak Exercise was held on August 25 with the SEOC, which will assist the county EMPG and LEPC. Shaw talked about the test and a lot of positive feedback was received.
• There were 22 firefighters from six jurisdictions attend the Blended Ethanol Fuel Burn held on August 15.
• No word yet received on the CEPF 2015 Application.
• The LEPC meeting schedule in 2016 includes meetings on January 21, April 21, July 21, and October 20.
• Shaw said an Exercise Planning Committee for 2016 needs to have a exercise of some level. SSM St. Mary’s-Audrain has contacted Shaw and said they have a team ready to participate in an exercise as it has been five years since their last one.
• A CEPF 2016 Training List was made available. A discussion was held on the many options available.
CEPF funding was also discussed.
• An election for Vice-President and Secretary was held. Russell Sing was re-elected as Vice-President and Cindy Woolridge was re-elected as Secretary.
Before the meeting started, LEPC members and guests introduced themselves.
Scot Gibson, a firefighter with the Wright City Fire Protection District and is certified as an IFSCA Hazmat Technician, attended the meeting. He is a state certified EMT-B and is noted as a Northeast Planner to include all of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B, Region C, and Region F.
The LEPC also approved the Secretary’s Report and Treasurer’s Report.
It was noted that Highway 54 is not recognized as an evacuation route in the state plan in regards to incidents that could result with a flow of refugees leaving other areas. Some training in this regards was also briefly discussed.
Some discussion was also held regarding the Hazmat trailer. Little Dixie Fire Chief Kenneth Hoover said the generators had no fuel and liquid was leaking out of the trailers. Woolridge said there was gas as of two months ago and that there were new batteries for flashlights purchased two weeks prior. There are also two rolls of duct tape. Purchases were noted in the July LEPC meeting.
Shaw noted that he starts the generator once a month and wasn’t told about any leak.
Shaw did check the generators after the meeting and confirmed one was full of fuel while the other had a gauge that showed empty though there was fuel in it. The gauge is going to be repaired.
No fuel is stored on the trailer due to it being inside another building. The generators are capable of operating for four hours at a 1/2 load.
He did note there was something that appeared to have melted on a shelf last year but that was all he was aware of. The area was once a mechanical area for auto and truck repair by the prior owners.