Lincoln County (LincUP) Community Advisory Panel

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LincUP 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 2016 LincUP Panelists.

Questions? Comments?

Contact the LincUP Facilitator, Lorre McKeone.

Meeting Notes: May 23, 2016

Present: Sally Brecks, Angela Brown, Kaleen Dunbar, Jeff Everett, Tom Hansen, Ron Hanson, Kim Keeling, Dwight Livingston, Brent Montgomery, Brandon Myers, Jack Nichols, Kirsten Parker, Brittany Raymond, June Robinson. Facilitator: Lorre McKeone. Guest: Mark Cullinan.

Absent: Daniel Blank, Kelly Bruns, Scott Castillo, Neil Deertz, Craig Freeburg, Rich Hoaglund, Pete Johnson, John Jones, Adam Kester, Doug Martin, Todd McKeeman, Gordon Peeks, Lance Polk, Scott Selken, Kathy Swain, Dennis Thompson, Jerry Wilson.

Meeting Notes:

Public Comment Period: No comments
Announcements/Introductions: The facilitator introduced new panel member Tom Hansen (Hansen77 Ranch) representing Agriculture and welcomed the guest speaker, Mark Cullinan. She reminded members that there will be no LincUP meeting in June.
Community Round Table: No announcements

UPRR Update: Jeff Everett provided the UP update: Safety numbers continue strong system-wide. Current 7-day car loadings remain flat at 156,000 compared to 176,000 last year and UP has modeled business forward at this level. Locally, new business in auto shipments since March has been a plus with 20,000 loaded auto rail cars to date going to the West Coast. Current train speed is the fastest in UP history.

Meeting Topic: FBI Update – Active Shooter response – Mark Cullinan (Special Agent) 

FBI Active Shooter training helps equip individuals and organizations to increase awareness, threat recognition and contingency planning. Active shooters generally go through five identifiable stages: fantasy (notoriety or to prove a point), planning (identify targets, weapons, approach), preparation (secure firearms, surveillance), approach (travel to target location) and implementation (point of no return). During the first four stages there may be opportunities for friends, family, co-workers or law enforcement to intervene and disrupt the cycle. In active shooter situations, victims are randomly selected, the event in unpredictable and evolves quickly. Resolution usually requires law enforcement. In dangerous situations like this, the recommended response is:

  1. Evacuate (RUN)
    • Have an escape route and plan in mind in all situations
    • Leave personal belongings behind and get out quickly
    • Prevent others from entering the area
  2. Hide out (HIDE)
    • Hide quickly and quietly in an area out of the active shooter’s view
    • Lock the door, block entry to your hiding place, turn out the lights
    • Turn off your cell phone
  3. Take action (FIGHT) as a last resort when the threat to your life is imminent
    • Improvise weapons and try to incapacitate the shooter
    • Act aggressively, with commitment – throw items at the shooter
  4. Call 911 – when safe for you to do so.
    • Provide information about physical description and location of the active shooter and number of shooters. Giving a good description can be difficult. Practice noticing and remembering things about people around you. If known, also share number and type of weapons held by shooters and number of potential victims.
  5. Law enforcement officers are trained to go directly to the threat upon arrival to stop the shooter. They may respond in plain clothes and may be alone, in pairs or working as a team.
    • Remain calm. Follow officers’ instructions. Avoid yelling or quick movements toward officers.
    • Put down items in your hands, raise your arms, keep your hands visible and spread your fingers.
    • Don’t stop to ask officers for help or directions. Just get away from the shooting. 

It is important to be prepared for the worst and always have an exit plan. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Additional information on this topic was presented in a video movie called “The Coming Storm”. Panel members interested in sharing this movie with other groups can contact FBI Agent Mark Cullinan for more information at or 308-535-5340. A video prepared by ReadyHouston called Run-Hide-Fight was also shown to the group. This video can be found on YouTube and includes additional information on the three steps everyone should consider in an active shooter situation.


  • Membership Committee: New member Tom Hansen has filled our final open member slot and we have two additional people who may be interested in joining the panel as positions open up: Jenny Salestrom (United Way) and Cathy Weaver (Nebraska Extension).
  • Planning Committee: No meeting in June. July will be a presentation on Poverty in Lincoln County and the backpack program. August will be a tour of Bailey Yard.

Summary and Strategy

Next meeting: 5:15 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

Location: Student Lounge, North Campus, North Platte Community College 1101 Halligan Drive, North Platte.

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.UPRR Update
5:45 p.m.

Meeting Topic:

Poverty in Lincoln County & Backpack Program
Speaker: Kirsten Parker

6:30 p.m.Supper Break
7:00 p.m.Committee meetings as needed
7:20 p.m.Summary and Strategy
Plan for next meeting
7:30 p.m.Adjourn