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Heroes Day is topic at LEPC

By Staff | Apr 1, 2015

Tyler County’s Local Emergency Planning Committee met for their monthly meeting on March 26.

Among the organizations attending the meeting were the Tyler Office of Emergency Management, West Virginia Army National Guard, Tyler County Local Emergency Response Committee, Sistersville Volunteer Fire Department, Tyler County Public Service District, CAM Safety, Triad Hunter, CERT TSAR, Proviron, Tyler 911, Sistersville Ministerial Association, Wetzel-Tyler Health Department, Pleasants County OES, Pleasants 911, Noble Energy, Tyler County Search And Rescue, West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Tyler County Department of Education, Tyler County Sheriff’s Office, City of Sistersville, American Red Cross, and Eureka Hunter Pipeline. The breakfast was sponsored by Triad Hunter.

Reverend Bill Dawson with the Ministerial Association spoke to the group about Heroes Day being approved by the state. He stated that everyone needed to mark their calendars for the second Saturday of September in celebration of Heroes Day. “It’s going to be a big day,” said Dawson. He mentioned that it would be a day of remembering first responders back then (on 9-11) and now in the present day.

Three annexes to the county’s Emergency Operations Plan were also a topic of discussion. Annex G, Health and Medical, was up for approval. However, there was some concern that it needed to be revised. Darren Dodson with Noble Energy voiced his concern and offered his help and possible suggestions using his experience and expertise in the field of safety. Annex S, donations management, was discussed. The Sistersville Ministerial Association offered to help with donations through the food pantry, along with the clothing closet. They stated that if they can’t meet needs, they will contact Tom Cooper. The LEPC asked for assistance with the Terrorism, Annex M annex. Jimmy Wade asked to assist with it and the National Guard stated that they would assist as well.

The Community Disaster Preparedness Workshop was said to still need a presenter for the business disaster plan portion of the workshop, with available presenters already scheduled for every other presentation. The Wetzel-Tyler Health Department also donated 75-80 readiness kits.

The Tier II reports for the fire stations were officially sent out to all five of the local fire stations. The Tier II reports are documents that report chemicals that industries store. Sixteen companies sent in reports to the LEPC. In order for the stations to view them, they need to have specific software, since they are sent digitally. The software can be obtained through the DHA website.

The Port Security meeting has been scheduled for April 14 at noon in Huntington.

Alex King spoke for the Sistersville Ferry. He stated in March there were several fundraisers that brought in an amount that totaled around $20,000 and that the yearly venue is calculated around $80,000 to $100,000. He also stated that the ferry also serves as an emergency vessel and they have applied for a Statoil grant to pay for an electronic sign for the middle of town for the ferry that can double for emergency use as well.

The LEPC also made their final payment to REPS for 2014.

The OEM volunteer meeting has been set for April 2 and the request for drones will be discussed.

The LEPC will meet again on May 7.