Gary Jacobucci/ppj contributor

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The following is the report given by Gary Jacobucci to the Elko County Commissioners on July 12, 2012 as an agenda item. The focus of the report is identifying the problem with the DHS Local Emergency planning Committee charter (LEPC); defining the problem; suggestions for solving the problem.

Description of Agenda Item: (need detailed information)

It’s been an interesting experience participating in the Elko County Local Emergency Planning Committee the last three years; an attendance inspired by going through the emergency response experience in the aftermath of the 6.0 earthquake just outside of Wells.

I recently participated in a ‘Shelter in Place’ training that was given by Betsy Morse, the head of training for the Northern Nevada Red Cross. In a phone conversation with her a few days later, I mentioned that the Elko County Local Emergency Planning Committee refuses to discuss the needs of food, power and water in the meetings; saying that the Elko County Commissioners have only chartered LEPC to look at HAZMAT issues.

She hesitated for a few seconds and then blurted out… “THAT’S CRAZY!”

As this pretty much summarized my experience in LEPC the last three years, I said… “Thank you, I thought I was the only one that recognized this.”

The last three years have been an exercise in trying to sort out what LEPC is, who created it, and why won’t they deal with needs other than HAZMAT.

After attending the meetings for three years there, are some things that need sorting out…

1) Food, power and water are not allowed discussion. The reason given is that these do not relate to HAZMAT and yet the DHS runs various exercises through LEPC which are often discussed in the following meeting; urban warfare / special weapons and tactical training where the various members of law enforcement dress in camo-gear, mass-vaccination exercises, school shooting exercises, weapons of mass destruction exercises, etc. More