Lincoln County (LincUP) Community Advisory Panel

LincUP Logo ImageLincUP provides open dialogue on health, safety and environmental issues between representatives of the community and Union Pacific Railroad to promote awareness and understanding for mutual benefit. For a complete listing of members, see 2014 LincUP Panelists.

Questions? Comments?

Contact the LincUP Facilitator, Lorre McKeone.

Present: Ron Bourne, Scott Castillo, Neil Deertz, Bruce Dodson, Jeff Everett, Rich Hoaglund, Glenn Johnson, Shelly Kelly, Dwight Livingston, Brandon Myers, Gordon Peeks, Lance Polk, June Robinson, Kyle Shepherd, Kathy Swain, Dennis Thompson, Gary Wilson. Facilitator: Lorre McKeone.

Guests: Jack Nichols, John Hills, Chuck Scripter

Absent: Sally Brecks, Dan Czech, Jim Falcon, Cindy Halligan, Kim Keeling, Bryan Robinson, Gary Smith, Glynn Wolar.

Meeting Notes:

Public Comment Period: No observers

Announcements: Erik Erickson was promoted to a position in St. Louis. Jeff Everett, the new Director of Transportation Services at Bailey Yard was introduced and welcomed. Also welcomed were new members Brandon Myers (new Lincoln County Emergency Management Director) and Neil Deertz (Municipal Light and Water – representing government).

Community Roundtable: Dennis Thompson recently made a shelter in place presentation to the Realtors Association. They were interested in knowing evacuation routes out of North Platte in the event of an emergency. A new evacuation map has been developed. Dennis will work with Emergency Management Director Brandon Myers to get the map printed and distributed to realtors and the LincUP panel.

UP Report: Jeff Everett -

Seven-day car loadings were 190,777 – an 11% increase over last year. Volumes have increased in all commodities. As a result, all locomotives have been pulled out of long-term storage and are being overhauled for use in the system. No employees are currently furloughed in the entire UP system and an aggressive hiring plan has been activated. The second quarter financial report was very positive. Scott Castillo reported new hire classes are full through August and additional hiring is anticipated through December.

Meeting Topic: Community Response to Disasters – Chuck Scripter (Red Cross Disaster Volunteer)

Chuck shared pictures and his role as a Red Cross disaster volunteer in Superstorm Sandy (in Philadelphia and NewYork) and the tornadoes in the Pilger, Nebraska, area. The primary role of Red Cross in disaster situations is food and shelter. Before they can do this, the disaster area must first be secured, rescue operations completed, trees cleared and electricity restored. At that point (usually 2 to 3 days after the disaster occurs), relief organizations move in to provide sustenance to victims and volunteers assisting with clean-up efforts. In the Superstorm Sandy disaster, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief manned kitchens set up in tents to prepare food for distribution. Red Cross volunteers used their specially equipped disaster vans to distribute one to two meals each day to people at designated sites (typically schools or churches). A total of 220 Red Cross disaster relief vans were brought in to respond to Sandy from all over the nation. A special tent served as a garage where volunteers repaired and maintained vehicles on-site. When relief efforts conclude, the railroads ship these vehicles back to their home location at no charge. Relief operations are highly organized using a military model and relying on mutual cooperation among many different volunteers and organizations. Chuck observed that America’s volunteer and charitable response to disasters is unique in the world, comparing it to an international disaster he helped with where the commonly held view was that it was the job of the government or paid contractors to address the needs of those in a disaster situation.

While the Pilger area tornadoes affected a much smaller region and fewer people they effectively destroyed the small town of Pilger and surrounding rural areas. In a similar fashion to Sandy, but on a much smaller scale, the emphasis was on safety and rescue first and then volunteers, faith based groups and the Red Cross came in to provide ongoing support and sustenance to victims and helpers alike. Among those assisting in these disasters were: Salvation Army, Red Cross, Helping Hands, Methodist Church, Salem Lutheran Church, Franklin Graham’s Samaritan Purse, Emergency Managers, Fire, Sheriff, Highway Patrol, FEMA, and many other volunteers and groups.

Committees:

Membership: Jack Nichols has agreed to fill the retired position on the panel. Gordon Peeks will represent parents. Positions we still need to fill: representatives for Students and Schools.

Planning: K.I.D.S. Club (August). Possible topics for September, October, November: Close call reporting at Union Pacific, Coal overview, 72nd Civil Support Team, Fire Chief Update.

Outreach: Plans are to ask our guest speaker next month for ideas on ways to reach parents and children with shelter in place information.

Summary and Strategy

Next meeting: 5:15 p.m. Monday, August 25, 2014

Location: Student Cafeteria, north campus of North Platte Community College

Meeting Topic: K.I.D.S. Klub, Carrie Lieneman, Director

Student Lounge, North Campus, North Platte Community College
1101 Halligan Drive, North Platte

 

Agenda
5:15 p.m.Call to order
Public Comment Period
5:25 p.m.Announcements and Introductions
5:30 p.m.Community Round Table
5:35 p.m.UP Report
Announcements
Questions/Concerns
5:40 p.m.Meeting Topic: K.I.D.S. Klub, Carrie Lieneman, Director
6:30 p.m.Supper Break
7:00 p.m.Committee Meetings
7:20 p.m.Summary and Strategy
Plan for Next Meeting
7:30 p.m.Adjourn