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LEPD continues inventory process

Monday, January 30, 2012

Volunteers with the Local Emergency Planning District (LEPD) have completed a partial inventory of items and supplies in storage and are in the process of compiling a master list.

However, some items, such as a fire suppression training system, an Elliot-badging system and a conference telephone, are still out at other agencies and were not returned as requested at the November meeting so the equipment could be properly identified on the inventory list.

"We just need to know where everything is," said Chet Hunter, Lawrence County emergency management director.

Once inventoried, the items can be checked out to the same agencies that are currently using the equipment for training purposes.

"We still have to contact those agencies to get the equipment listed," said Bonnie Witt-Schulte, one of the volunteers who undertook the inventory project.

In other business, Witt-Schulte asked members to review and consider adopting a new set of bylaws.

An election committee has been formed to recommend a slate of officers at the February meeting. Some members of the committee include: James "Chewy" Vroman, Ginger Burton and Witt-Schulte.

In other business, Cheryl Smith, a certified Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (Haz-Woper) instructor, has offered to provide training for local public employees and industry safety personnel.

The course benefits employees who are exposed to hazardous substances and who perform clean-up operations, make corrective actions or participate in voluntary clean-up operations that are conducted at treatment, storage and disposal facilities and emergency response operations.

Smith will work in conjunction with other industry partners to schedule and conduct either 24-hour refresher courses or 40-hour classes at a reasonable cost for local public workers and industry personnel.

Witt-Schulte reminded members of upcoming conferences and training seminars, including the 24th annual State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) conference scheduled for April 3-6 at Branson; the Great American Shake-Out earthquake exercise slated for Feb. 7 and the statewide tornado drill on March 13.

Witt-Schulte said that she is organizing a membership roster of LEPD members who are supposed to be sending representatives to the monthly meetings.

State and federal statutes require any entity that has 500 or more pounds of a chemical or chemicals described by federal guidelines as an "extremely hazardous substance" to send representation to the monthly meetings of their local emergency planning committee or district.

Additionally, any entity that meets the threshold planning quantity of any chemical listed in the "Lists of Lists" by the EPA is also required to participate in the LEPD. Other members required to attend these informative planning meetings are: state and local officials; representatives from law enforcement, fire fighting, EMS, emergency management and public health; hospitals; chemical transportation and industry; community groups; the general public; and the media.

The Barry and Lawrence County Local Emergency Planning District meets at 10 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the community room at 1901 E. Cleveland in Monett.

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