The City of Altus – Jackson County Local Emergency Planning Committee or LEPC held its meeting July 13 at the Jackson County Memorial Hospital or JCMH Home Care and Hospice Building at 1204 E. Tamarack Road in Altus.
Chairman Phil Beauchamp called the meeting to order, took roll, introduced members and welcomed guests. Minutes and the treasurer’s reports were given along with payment of claims.
An update was given on the Dare to Share health department program by Shawn Cecil. The exercise was held May 10 and the purpose was to see how to respond to a highly infectious disease scenario introduced into the U.S. from oversees.
No report was given on the commodity flow study. Emergency Management Director Lloyd Colston told the group that the state would be performing another study in a few months.
An Orion training session was slated for the Southwest Technology Center for interested volunteers. Orion is a training tool that uses GPS with photos to help assess damages.
The LEPC preparedness committee is scheduled to attend the Back 2 School bash at the Altus Community Center on July 30 to give out safety and preparedness information to families.
The LEPC members discussed and reviewed the Altus-Jackson County Emergency Operations plan and the Hazard Mitigation Plan. For more information visit the Jackson County website.
On Aug. 5, tower climbers will be in Altus to update the antennas and repeaters for the city.
The Chamber of Commerce is working with Colston on the “Open for Business” campaign to help draft disaster preparedness plans.
Beauchamp introduced the City of Altus engineer and Public Works Director Johnny Barron who gave a PowerPoint presentation and spoke about the current regional water situation and the reliable drinking water supply.
Upcoming new business includes training opportunities with Orion, as well as recovery and disaster training sessions. The next scheduled meeting is set for noon Oct. 11.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.