Tyler County LEPC Discuss Emergency Notifications
The Tyler County Local Emergency Panning Committee held their monthly meeting on Thursday. There were several business throughout the county that were represented including Tyler County OEM, Middlebourne EMS, Senator Manchin’s Office, Tyler County Commissioners, Mark West, the Innformer, Proviron, Tyler County Board of Education, Sistersville General Hospital, Sistersville Police Department, and the Sistersville City Administrator.
The Code Red public notification system has been purchased but has not yet been installed. After being installed, Code Red will be able to notify a large group of people, all at once, to notify in the case of an emergency, similar to an Amber Alert. This will be a very vital tool should there be any form of emergency to occur within Tyler County.
Tom Cooper with the Office of Emergency Management noted that they have been working with the National Weather Service to develop a weather briefing form. Unfortunately the man he has been working with will be moving away for a job promotion and so Tom will meet with the new person assigned to the weather form within the next couple of weeks.
The LED signs grant is moving along however FEMA is asking about the historic data of the area. The four locations for the signs will be by the high school, one next to Proviron, one next to the Health Department in Paden City, and one at Sistersville Hospital.
FEMA found that one of the signs may be in a historical area and so Mayor Rice will write a letter stating that the sign will have no bearing on the historical property.
Cooper explained that the way the grant works is that after it has been approved, he must take the information to the county commissioners to sign off on.
Since the project is over $15,000, it must be bid out publicly. Whatever company wins the bid will install the lights and after all of the money has been spent, FEMA will reimburse the county for the amount, in this case $82,000.
Eureka Midstream has purchased a trailer for the LEPC’s mobile spill kit. The county commissioners have donated 6,000 dollars towards the spill kit so with the generous donation from Eureka Midstream, it will allow for the whole 6,000 dollars to go towards supplies.
The OEM has requested SIRN radios for Paden City, a breathing air compressor for the cascade trailer, and funding for Search and Rescue training. The Paden City Police Department has been having trouble communicating with Tyler and Wetzel Police and EMS dispatchers.
The school entrance project for Sistersville Elementary School is at a stand still. Superintendent Robin Daquilante stated that she has made several attempts to contact Chris Metzger about the project yet she has not received any return phone calls.
The back to school fair was a major success and there was a very long line of people in attendance to receive back packs, supplies, and even hair cuts provided by volunteers and the Family Resource Network. There were nine hair stylists giving hair cuts, two dentists offering dental screenings, and four volunteers offering eye screenings. Superintendent Daquilante stated, “It overwhelms me every year, thank you to the community.”
Mary Jo Guidi, representative of Senator Manchin, commented on the flooding situation in Hundred. She stated, “I’m very sorry for any of the losses with the recent floods.” She continued, “I saw best of people during the worst of times.”
Some upcoming dates to remember are the OEM Canine Search and Rescue training on August 19-20. There is a first responders meeting on August 22 and there will also be a boaters safety course on September 30.
The next scheduled LEPC meeting is September 7th at 9:00 a.m. located at the Tyler County Senior Center in Middlebourne.