Discussion of upcoming exercises and the receipt of anti-viral medicine were the highlights of the June Local Emergency Planning District (LEPD) meeting.
According to Chairperson Robert Ward, plans are on tap for tentative medical exercises this summer with one including a simulated bus accident.
It was also noted that Cox Monett Hospital has scheduled an exercise in haz-mat and emergency response involving several emergency responder agencies and the hospital.
The Missouri Hospital Association is also planning a communication exercise that will take place sometime this month.
In other business, Ward reported that the Aurora Fire Department, in conjunction with the Monett Police Department, recently picked up the H1N1 anti-viral supply for the Barry and Lawrence County health departments and the Barry County Office of Emergency Management.
The H1N1 flu epidemic has been predicted to hit the nation this fall. Cached emergency supplies of the anti-viral medication have been placed in undisclosed locations in Barry and Lawrency counties in the event of an epidemic. Ward commended the armed escort and team members who were involved in the successful operation.
Ward also noted that the anti-viral medication is only effective on those who are already infected with the H1N1 virus and is not meant to be used as a preventive measure.
In an effort to ensure continued 'healthy operations,' area hospitals have been working to establish various "zones" within the system in order to separate those suspected to be infected with the virus from patients with other medical complaints.
In other business, Ward reported that the fire extinguisher simulator (FES) training system, which was obtained through local funds and industry partners, is now available for training purposes. Ward said the system and training have both been very successful.
Also noted was that the Region 7 LEPC Conference will be held Aug. 6 through Aug. 9 in Kansas City.