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Page 7- Thur.tag,,August 4, 2011 "WHERE THE KID GOT HIS NAME" Another step forward for the Emergency Operations Plan By Sarah Prldgeon A Crook County Public Health full-scale, functional mass dis- pensing exercise took place at Sundance Hospital last Tues- day. The intentions of the ex- ercise were to deploy the first response equipmentand test its recent upgrades, and to practice the public health Emergency Operations Plan. Emergency Management was required to Set up an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) fer the event, which involved a remote clinic setting (a medical tent) with electricity and internet communications (running from the first response truck, which was upgraded to wireless inter- net last Friday.) This generated positive results; all the pcs, 2:way radios and other equip- ment necessary for a communi- cations center was successfully run from one truck. The radius of the wireless was expected to be 10 feet, but was discovered to work at a distance of 39 feet and will now be tested further using the communications trailer. The purpose of the Emergency Support Function (ESF) is to coordinate for the incident com- mander (Barb Coy)and ensure that members of the medical team have everything they need to complete the mission and get out, so they can be redeployed as necessary. The exercise high- lighted for the medical team that having the equipment on hand and set up quickly - and everything that was asked for delivered almost immediately - was helpful to them in answer- ing the emergency. In general, the morning went well and ran more effectively than any previous exercise. The clinic was set up quickly and, at the hospital, resources were tapped by 9:15 a.m. and the facility was locked down by 9:17 a.m. The conference room was used as the family area and the end storage room for staff turnaround. Of the 12 patients sent over from the clinic tent, all at least had their vital signs checked. Parts of the Emergency Op- erations Plan were corrected as a result of the exercise, includ- ing the list of people who would need to be notified. Certain areas of the plan were flagged for attention, such as the need to shut off the nursing home attached to the hospital and the issue of certain vulnerable target groups, such as parents of small children and the el- derly, being unable to visit the clinic. Public knowledge was em- phasized as a potential issue; for example, what a member of the press should be told, what public notices should say and where they should be posted. The exercise highlighted that educational material should be created ahead of time and placed at a single intake area, where the public will be able to find all the information they may need. Having access to the county Public Information Of- ricer, Katie Allen, made it easier for accurate information to be released to the public, which would be imperative in a real event. The largest problem encoun- tered was that, of those offices in charge of the first respond- ers, only the EMS, :police and Sheriff&apos;s Office responded. Coy reported a good response to personal calls, but explained that there wouldn't be time to make these if a real outbreak took place. It was also sug- gested that, had first respond- ers been inoculated at the same time, the number of people visiting the clinic might have risen to around 500, which would have required all day to process. Coy also explained that the tent, which was originally pur- chased for triage, would not be the first choice for the clinic's location as it leaves visitors exposed to weather and is not suited to disabled patients. Previous exercises have taken place in the courthouse base- ment, but the medical team's preference is the high school gym. There would also need to be different waiting areas for those with symptoms and those without, and patients would need to be kept between two and three feet apart to prevent the spread of infection. The team also discovered that hospital bed tracking needs to be more strictly monitored. State epidemiologists would likely be involved in a real emergency and would require a database to search for free beds at a state level. The scenario itself involved an outbreak of "plague" at Devil's Tower, following a large picnic event that included a tour of the prairie dog town, during which several people hand-fed the animals and one curious family touched the carcass of a dead deer. After symptoms including fever, chills and coughing were noticed in a number of separate patients at the Hulett clinic, physicians discovered that Sundance and Moorcroft were similarly affected and that pa- tients with matching symptoms had been admitted in Spearfish and Gillette. Tests on the first identified cases confirmed the "plague" diagnosis, a potentially fatal disease caused by fleas infected with bacteria. The illness is initially transmitted through contact with animals hosting the fleas, and then by infected humans as they develop coughs and pneumonia. If antibiot- ics are not administered, the condition progresses rapidly to death. For this exercise, the Emer- gency Operations Plan was put in place on Monday morning and the ESF was notified of the problem. Letters for attendees of the picnic and a radio and tele- vision release were drafted, ask- ing those who had been exposed to the disease to report to the Public Health tent, located at Crook County Medical Services, on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. for medical attention. Upcoming projects listed in draft STIP A slate of upcoming highway projects and other work is de- tailed in a draft of WYDOT's State Transportation Improvem ent Program (STIP) for fiscal year 2012. The document is now avail- able for public review and comments. The draft STIP lists about $329 million in projects tentatively planned for the 12-month period beginning Oct. 1, 2011, as well as a compilation of engineering and environmental work the department will undertake in subsequent years. In addition to highway projects, the document also lists $31 million worth of airport improvements scheduled for the upcoming year and $10 million in proposed funding for local public transit opera- tions. Copies can be found at WYDOT offices, libraries, and city and county government offices. The draft STIP is also posted on the WYDOT Web site within the "Planning/ResearchProjects" section. The highway projects are listed according to system classifi- cation; for example, Interstate, Primary, Urban; and by type of work, such as reconstruction, resurfacing, bridge replacement, etc. Because the needs of the transportation system exceed the department's budget, WYDOT employs a comprehensive needs analysis, in concert with a thorough publi c consultation process, to decide what projects to include in the STIP. Review and approval of the project schedule in the draft STIP is the responsibility of the Wyoming Transportation Commission. Even after a final version of the STIP is published, the project list remains tentative and will be revised quarterly in accordance with changes in funding levels and in various advance design considerations. Moon Walk to feature Forest Service Mule Pack String Join the Black Hills National Forest on Saturday, August 13 for an educational walk featuring the Region 2 Forest Service Mule Pack String. The one-mile round-trip walk is over uneven terrain in a rolling pasture. Walkers should meet at 7 p.m. at TePee Work Center 20 miles west of Custer. "The speaker is Glenn Ryan, Forest Service packer, who trav- els the western National Forests using his mules to accomplish backcountry trail work," says Amy Ballard, USFS Moon Walk Coordinator. "Glenn and his mules will demonstrate how lumber and gravel are packed on then unloaded from the mules and discuss the use of stock for accomplishing trail work in remote backcountry areas. The pack string has accomplished work in the Black Elk Wilderness in the past." To reach the Moon Walk site travel west 20 miles on Highway 16 from Custer, SD to the TePee Work Center. The Work Center is on the south side of the highway and well-marked. Signs will be posted at the highway to direct visitors to the site. The Forest Service suggests that visitors bring flashlights, water, and bug repellant and dress for unexpected weather and hiking on uneven land. Long pants and sturdy footwear (hiking boots or athletic shoes) are recommended for comfort and safety. "This summer I have witnessed many Moon Walk visitors that are unprepared for hiking through the forest over uneven ground in hot weather," said Ballard. "This concerns me as unprepared hikers could experience dehydration and tripping or falling. For visitor safetyand a more enjoyable experience please dress appropriately and bring water to drink." The program will not be cancelled due to rain unless lightning is present. About 125 visitors per walk have been attending the programs so please arrive early to aid us in parking vehicles. For more information about the program and summer sched- ule go to www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills or call the Black Hills Need for road improvements heard "loud and clear" By Sarah Pridgeon The county budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 was decided at a special meeting of the board of county commissioners on July 14 at Sundance Courthouse. Though much of the funding remained steady from the previ- ous year, a small increase was granted for repair and improve- ments to county roads. According to Jeannie Whalen, County Commissioner, there were few changes to the budget from the previous year, but small increases were made to areas that involve use of gaso- line or working on vehicles, in line with the current and ex- pected gasoline prices. Wages stayed the same, in light of the economy, which is just begin- ning to improve across the state. Whalen confirmed that the commissioners heard the call for money to be put towards improved public roads from readers of The Surdance Ti "loud and clear" and stressed that this goal is in line with their own. Funding was increased for this purpose in this year's budget, but "not too much" be- cause of the pressing need for flood repairs. At the time of the meeting, the county was unsure whether it would need to pick up the cost for the road damage and repairs needed as a result of the recent flooding. Money was taken from the cash reserve for this purpose, although it was hoped that some of this could be reimbursed, Since the budget was decided, a federal disaster declaration has been received for the State of Wyoming from President Obama, with the Federal Emer- gency Management Agency (FEMA) visiting this week to receive Crook County's applica- tion for public assistance (see related article on p**). The result of this fedei-al: aid will'be ,reim- bursement for damage repair, which, according to Whalen, will be returned to the county's cash reserve. Fundraiser seeks to alleviate financial burden for local family in need BBQ, entertainment, fundraising and family fun all for a good cause The 5th Annual Ride a Horse Feed a Cowboy event is slated for August 26-27 in Hulett. This local non-profit group is dedicated to easing the financial burdens of community members who suffer from debilitating injury, illness or expensive medical treatments. Last year, thanks to the generous donations of sponsors and the highest atten- dance numbers to date, the organization was able to present a family in need with a check for $8000. With a 2011 goal of doubling that amount, festivities kick off Friday night with the horse ride-in, community BBQ, and live auction. During the weekend event goers will enjoy the addition of"Bulls & Broncs Wear Pink Rodeo", the Old West Cowboy & Indian Collectible Trade Show and the Calcutta Poker Tournament, along with live music provided by country favorite Paul Bogart. Founder and event coordinator Chanda Snook says of the weekend, "I am proud that this fund raiser has quadrupled in attendance since our inaugural year; making it possible for us to plan even more family friendly activities and authentic westem events for our 2011 weekend and increase our publicity and advertifing campaigns." To help increase donations and reach funding goals, the committee has initiated tiered sponsorship with complementary advertising benefits and VIP event access, making it possible for corporations and private citizens to chose the level of sponsorship for which they are best suited - confident that all profits go directly to the chosen recipient in need. With a newly designed website, strong social media campaign, and community minded supporters, the 2011 Ride a Horse, Feed a Cow- boy weekend promises to be the most successful Hulett fundraiser to date. For more information about this year's featured recipients and a complete schedule of events, please visit www.RideaHorseFeedaCow- boy.corn The Sundance Times FEMA: continued from page I on Lame Jones Road, road damage on the D Road and on Curren Road and the washed out bridge over Arch Creek on McKean Road. Crook County's flood dam- age bids are divided into two phases, the first of which have been awarded to JW Services as the lowest bidder. Work for the second phase will be divided between Timberline, JW Services and Tri-City Ex- cavation. The next step in the process, once requests for assistance are submitted by Crook and Weston Counties, will be a kick-off meeting, during which county representatives will be given more detail on, for example, requirements, eligibility, insurance and haz- ard mitigation. Projects will then be formed and approved by the state and FEMA, after which the work will be com- pleted and a proportion of the costs reimbursed. Crook County, as the appli- cant, will be responsible for formulating projects, identi- fying special considerations (such as historical and envi- ronmental preservation and hazard mitigation), maintain- ing documentation and initi- ating closeout. The county will be assisted by the state, and will receive federal help with parts of the process includ- ing project management and technical assistance. "We appreciate the presi- dent's approval of financial assistance to help our com- munities that were impacted by heavy rain, snowpack, flooding and landslides," said Guy Cameron, director of the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, in a press release. "I applaud Governor Mead for his proactive approach to this flood season and early deploy- ment of the National Guard to assist local communities as well as seeking federal finan- cial assistance to aid those communities damaged." Project Specialist John Young, from FEMA Region .... O, is currently, sutrveyig the :lama ita a.ndjaudng befor and after pictures of the damaged sites to evaluate the work needed. For more information about the role of FEMA in disaster assistance, visit www. fem a.gov A Your Local Dish I ,  Call for currant promotions. @ , 605-892-4565 N g 1' w 11013 US Hwy: 212, Belle Fourche, SD IllMllm ItffllUl MACKIE 307"756"3368 Morris Halleck Broker Associate 605-490-0316 1-800-550-6801 Experience Counts 1 American Real Estate , 942 14th St. Sturgis. SD NOTICE Notice is hereby given that Crook County School District #1 is accepting isolation petitions for the 2011-2012 school year. W.S. 21-4-401(<t) "No person is eligible as an isolated pupil under this section unless the pupil's parents or legal guardians demonstrate to the local school board that the family's residing in the isolated location is necessary for the family's financial well being." The total miles claimed shall be computed excluding the first two (2) miles traveled each way for a total of four (4) miles a day. Applications may be obtained from and submitted to the Office of the Superintendent, PO Box 830, Sundance, WY 82729-0830. Todd Mclnerney, Chairman Board of Trustees Crook County School District #1 Publish: Week of August 1,2011