Obion County, Tennessee – Local Emergency Planning Committee + Emergency Management Agency

February 2011

Obion County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

February 22, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.

Location – West TN Regional Health Dept


LEPC Chair – Phil Green–Town of Troy

LEPC Vice-Chair– Stan Mitchell – TN Army MARS / Rives Volunteer Fire

Dept.LEPC Secretary—Sherri Hanna—Obion County 911

Lori Barker – West TN Regional Health Department

Danny Carr—Union City Police Department

Chief Kelly Edmison—Union City Fire Department

Chief Jamie Evans—Obion Fire Department

Polk Glover—Obion County Commission/Town of Obion/911/Red Cross

Charlie Grooms—Obion County Fair Association

Tim James—Obion County Health Department

Danny Jowers—Obion County EMA Director

Nancy Morrison—Obion County 911

Campbell Rice—Asst. Chief, Rives Volunteer Fire Department

Chief David Wilds—South Fulton Fire Department

Jerry Williams—Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (Ethanol Plant)

The meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Chairman Phil Green.

The minutes from January 2011 were presented for approval.

Chief Jamie Evans made a motionto accept the minutes, and Vice-Chairman Stan Mitchell seconded the motion.   The motioncarried

.Chairman Green said that the LEPC website has been moved to oclepc.wordpress.com.  A publicannouncement will be made by PIO Tom Menees.

Jerry Williams of GPE announced that their company is offering to host a confined space andhigh angle rescue class.   The class will be provided for GPRE employees and members of thelocal fire departments and rescue squad. The class will be taught by a firm that specializes intraining for these events, and there will be no charge to the participants.   The class will include apractice scenario.   The course is a 24-hour class which will be broken into 2 12-hour days.

Chief Evans suggested a disaster drill be simulated at the ethanol plant.

The position of EOC Manager had been discussed at the January meeting.   Mr. Jowers said thathe recommends 911 Director Sherri Hanna for the position. Charlie Grooms made a motion to name Sherri Hanna as the EOC Manager, and Chief Evans seconded the motion.   The motion carried.

The EOC tabletop exercise is scheduled for March 15 at 10 a.m. in the EOC at the 911 dispatch center.   Mr. Jowers has the ESF appointment list and will make notifications of who needs to filleach function.   He said that Mr. Grooms would be perfect for the Animal Rescue ESF.   ChiefEdmison will be asked to fill the Fire ESF role.

Search & Rescue was discussed. Mr. Mitchell told the membership that the Civil Air Patrol ishosting a Search & Rescue exercise on February 26 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Mr. Jowers said the county’s BEOP (Basic Emergency Operations Plan) has been approved byTEMA.

The only major change was that the lead agencies for the ESFs must now be governmentagencies.   On paper, the volunteer agencies can no longer be named as lead agencies, but they are still a vital source for operations. Agencies such as Red Cross and Obion County Rescue Squad would be heavily relied upon though they are not functioning as the lead for certainESFs.

Mr. Jowers said the Catastrophic Annex was very out of date as well, and it is being updated.

He plans to get the BEOP distributed to all municipalities and needs to have the plan signed offby the mayor, the fire chief, and the police chief of each.   He recommends that a copy of the BEOP be retained in each fire department.

Mr. Jowers is planning to purchase items for the EOC’s use. He also announced that the annual communications drill to report in with TEMA was scheduled for the day of the meeting.   All counties were asked to report in between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.  Mr. Mitchell will report in for Obion County utilizing ham radio.   This drill coincides with National Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Mr. Jowers is planning to visit six schools in conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness week,and tornado drills are planned.

He reported he was in New Mexico the week prior to the meeting for an “Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings” training exercise.

The next meeting will be held March 29, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.

Chief Evans made a motion to adjourn, and Mr. Jowers seconded the motion. The motion carried, and the meeting was adjourned at 10:27 a.m.


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