Grundy County Local Emergency Planning Committee approve appointments

Local Emergency Planning Committee

The Grundy County Local Emergency Planning Committee approved appointments for positions Tuesday. Glen Briggs was appointed chairperson, Alan Barnett vice-chairperson, and Kelli Hillerman as secretary.

A listing of individuals was approved for the 2020 membership listing. They represent elected officials, firefighting, law enforcement, community groups, public health, hospital, and facilities.

The committee also approved the 2020 budget. Briggs reports anticipated revenues are around 26 hundred dollars, and expenditures are about $2,565.

During the Emergency Management Agency and All-Hazards meeting, exercise ideas were discussed, including those to test reunification, sheltering, patient tracking, communications, response to weather events, explosions, and swift water rescue. The topic is to be revisited in April.

In partner reports, Kelli Hillerman of the Grundy County Health Department presented information on an All-Hazards Risk Assessment and Hazard Vulnerability Analysis. The Healthcare and Public Health Risk Identification and Site Criticality Toolkit was also utilized, which was described as an objective, data-driven all hazards risk assessment that can be used by public and private organizations within the Healthcare and Public Health Sector to inform emergency preparedness planning, risk management activities, and resource investments.

Hillerman also provided information on influenza and upcoming activities and services offered by the health department.

Michael Booth with the State Emergency Management Agency reported Mike Harris is the new Missouri Emergency Response Commission executive director. Booth also reported information on the upcoming distribution of Emergency Response Guides, a National Community Emergency Response Team Conference in Springfield in the summer, and plans for the next SEMA Conference in Saint Charles in August.

Alan Barnett with the Grundy County Community Emergency Response Team reported training is underway, and its anticipated completion is in February. Trenton Police Chief Rex Ross said the Trenton Police Department is assisting with the CERT training.

Trenton Fire Chief Brandon Gibler said the training tower is complete and provided information on an upcoming Train the Trainer program.

Trenton R-9 Superintendent Mike Stegman gave an update on the construction of the new performing arts center.

Jim Skipper with Wright Memorial Hospital of Trenton described his new role in emergency preparedness.