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Basehor police chief to oversee work on city’s emergency plan

June 23, 2005

The city of Basehor is moving forward with plans to overhaul its long-outdated emergency management plan and they've pegged a familiar face to oversee the upgrades.

On Monday night, Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia announced that Police Chief Terry Horner had agreed to supervise the emergency management revisions.

Horner said he obtained a copy of the emergency management plan for the city of Lansing and that he would attempt to tailor Basehor's plan on that of its neighbor to the north.

"My goal is not to reinvent the wheel," Horner said. "It's to pattern it with what the mayor and council members feel we need."

Earlier this month, Leavenworth County emergency management director Chuck Magaha, a Basehor resident, spoke with council members about revising the city's emergency plan. The city had a plan in place in the 1970s, but city officials said they doubt it's been updated since.

Council members asked Magaha to talk with them about overhauling the city's plan after inclement weather had underscored the city's need for a strategy in case of a natural disaster.

Horner said he believed the city could have an emergency management plan in place in three to six months. At the end of the revisions, the city will have to appoint an emergency management chairman.

Most cities tend to appoint the police department's second in command as emergency management chairman, Horner said. One option could be appointing the city's next full-time administrator to the position, the police chief said.

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