Union Pacific Community Advisory Panel of Central Arkansas
Minutes of Meeting Nov. 10, 2013
Union Pacific's Jenks Shop, North Little Rock, Arkansas
Community Representatives: Ginger Bailey (AR Crisis Response); Paul Benham (Friday, Eldredge & Clark); Steve Canady (NLR School District); Richard Davis (AR State Fusion Center); Robert Dixon (Pulaski Tech); Steve Ferguson (Faulkner County OEM); James Firestone (LR Port Authority); Gary Franklin (Retired UP); Ruth Franklin (Sherwood Community Rep.); Ron Hale (Operation Lifesaver); Emma Jane Ohnemus (Community Rep); John Ohnemus (Community Rep); Margaret Powell (NLR Mayor's Office); Kendell Snyder (ADEM); Jon Swanson (MEMS); Bill Temple (AR Dept. of Health); Vinny Vickers (CenterPoint Energy); Robert Walker (Capitol View/Stifft Station); PeryLynn Wilson-Robinson (Dark Hollow CDC); Jon Wolfe (UAMS)
Union Pacific Representatives: Scott George; Chip Heard; Russell Schilb; Dana Swanson
Guests: Karyn Tackett (Rose Creek Park, Capitol View Stifft Station Neighborhood Assoc.), Phillip Tackett (Veterans' Administration)
Facilitator: Kathryn Matchett
Representatives of: Argenta Neighborhood Boosters; CTEH; Conway Fire Dept.; FBI; LR Fire Dept.; NLR Fire Dept.; NLR Health Dept.; NLR OEM; NLR Police; Pulaski County OEM; Pulaski County Sheriff's Office; USES; Cindy Milazzo
Welcome/Safety Announcement/Business Meeting
Welcome and Safety Announcement: Allan Aquino, Locomotive Maintenance II, UP's Jenks Shop
Introductions & Announcements - Kathryn Matchett:
- Guests sitting in for Nancy Sheehan: Karyn Tackett (Rose City Park, Capitol View Stifft Station);
- Phillip Tackett (Veterans' Administration)
- Newest UPCAP Member, Richard Davis, AR State Fusion Center
- The Jacksonville Fire Department recently joined UPCAP but could not be in attendance.
- Members played a version of the old game show, "To Tell the Truth," - to learn interesting facts about each other.
- Next Meeting: 2014 meetings will focus on understanding the emergency response effort in the event of a railroad incident. The January 14 meeting will feature a panel of our UPCAP members who are emergency responders.
- Operation Lifesaver Challenge: Steve Canady, NLR School District, will receive a door prize for scheduling an Operation Lifesaver presentation for Crestwood Elementary, which was attended by 237 students. Contact Ron Hale, firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a program and help save lives - and become eligible for a prize at our next meeting.
- 2013 Meeting Attendance: Ginger Bailey will receive a door prize for having attended all six meetings in 2013.
- 2013 Membership Survey: Members were encouraged to complete the anonymous online survey. Twenty-eight members have completed it to date. Results will be initially shared with the Advisory Committee. UPCAP members will be contacted by email to give input on any issues that arise and need to be addressed.
Members shared information of interest to UP and member organizations.
- Jon Swanson and Bill Temple shared a recent advance in the Arkansas Trauma System: a new program that enables doctors to consult remotely on hand injuries through the use of an iPad.
- Robert Dixon spoke about Pulaski Tech's nontraditional classes in Residential Energy Efficiency. Topics range from basic carpentry to advance testing protocols for getting the most from every dollar spent on heating, air conditioning and hot water use. Classes range in length from a few hours to eight days depending on the topic covered. Call Roger Smith at 501-812-2837 or Robert Dixon at 501-907-6670 for further information.
Richard Davis, Director, Arkansas State Fusion Center (ASFC) Some points from the presentation include:
- The Ark., State Fusion Center operates as a multi-agency entity whose mission is to provide an integrated, multi-disciplinary information-sharing network to collect, analyze and disseminate information to protect the citizens and the critical infrastructure of Ark. Its purpose is to assist law enforcement, public safety, emergency management and other partners to analyze and disseminate criminal and terrorist-related information.
- There are 78 recognized fusion centers in the National Network that cover the states and major metropolitan areas.
- The railroad is very important piece of the puzzle, as train derailments (particularly of passenger trains) have been identified as potential targets of terrorist groups.
- An Executive Committee comprised of 22 agencies provides oversight.
- Anticipated growth includes adding analysts from ADEM and the AR Dept. of Community Corrections.
- An ongoing Homeland Security Liaison Officer program brings together law enforcement, fire fighters, and other emergency/public safety first responders for focused training on suspicious activity. Attendees are provided information about WMD, IED, domestic and international terrorism. Members were encouraged to contact ASFC if they were interested in participating.
For more information on the information-sharing training or to report suspicious activities call 866-787-2332 or email email@example.com
Kathryn reminded members of the January 14 meeting.