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Triad Hunter attends and speaks at LEPC meeting

By Staff | Jan 14, 2015

The Local Emergency Planning Committee met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Jan 6. Attending the meeting were representatives of the Tyler County Commission, Tyler County Office of Emergency Management, Triad Hunter, Proviron, Tyler County Dispatch, Tyler County Assessor’s Office, Sistersville City Commission, Tyler County OEM, CERT and SAR Volunteers, Tyler County Family Resource Network, Statoil, Tyler County Board of Education, Noble Energy, Sistersville Fire Department, Sistersville Police Department, Tyler County Schools, Red Cross, Wetzel Tyler Health Department, Sistersville General Hospital, Sistersville EMS, and Momentive.

As usual, breakfast was served to all attendees, which was provided by Statoil. As breakfast came to a close, Chairman Pat Walsh thanked everyone for coming and participating. Statoil was also thanked for the breakfast.

The budgets were discussed. As of now, there were no significant changed to the budget. A total of $470 is remaining from unclaimed funds while there is $1,000 in State Emergency Response Commission funds. The LEPC is waiting to hear from REPS, International of Morgantown if they had received the final 2014 Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness payment from the LEPC, while the LEPC is also waiting for the 2014 HMEP refund.

The discussion then shifted to the Emergency Operations Plans (EOP) Annex updates. There was a review of the dates of revisions of all the EOP Annexes. In order to meet Emergency Management Performance Grants eligibility, a minimum of two revisions must be either reviewed or updated each year and it must be done by an all community committee. The committee chose Annex G and Annex M. Annex G is “Health and Medical” and Annex M is “Terrorism”.

The OEM and LEPC will send out current annexes to the committee members for review. Committee members made a suggestion that the committee be able to update more than the previously set two annexes this year and that the annexes should be tested through exercises once they are updated.

The Community Disaster Preparedness Workshop was also a subject of discussion. The Previous CERT program was discussed and how it could be modified in order to better suit the area, along with having several well defined sessions that could be presented in 20 minutes or less.

It was stated that lunch would be provided at the mid-point of the sessions. it was also mentioned that the health department has a total of 70 disaster kits that would be available for participating families.

Walsh made a suggestion to use the SERC money to purchase additional disaster kits if they were needed.

The session would include a family disaster plan, a family kit, shelter-in-place, pet plan, functional needs, business disaster plan. The neighborhood watch, FUSION Center, Farm Plan, Cyber Security Plan, Disaster Psychology, Financial Plan and the Helping Locally During Disaster segments would be presented by certain presenters.

Detailed documentation would be provided to participants of the Workshop.

Special Guest Brent Powell, head of safety for Triad Hunter, shared lessons learned from the Sardis well site leak. The Tyler Office of Emergency Management has a complete AreaRAE system like the one used at the well site leak. It is a transportable, wireless multi-gas monitor designed for wide-area harsh environments.

The National Guard uses the exact same system and has noted that they will be coming in and training the responders on its use.

Statoil expressed their appreciation of being welcomed into the committee as well as the community. The representatives said that the company will be doing pipeline right of way clearing operations within the county through March. They submitted a draft of their emergency evacuation plan to the LEPC for review and suggestions.

The committee thanked Statoil for working with the LEPC and stated that this is where all local plans should come together.

Nowhere else can their company sit down at one table with other companies, EMS, fire, law enforcement, the hospital, Board of Education, emergency management, the county commission, health department, and the public and have this type of “whole community” collaboration. Cooper said, “This is exactly how it should be done.”

The next LEPC Meeting is scheduled for Feb. 5 and Triad Hunter will provide the breakfast at that meeting.