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ARES Meeting Minutes for 4/21/2009
YOLO ARES MEETING
April 21, 2009
KG6FJL - Darrin
K6LAV – LaVonne
KG6GNI – Bill
KG6SJT – Greg
WS6Z – Wes
KE6GCV – Todd
KI6OBF – Jason
W5KLB – Rick
W0EAX – Ron
W6KJX – Lu
WA6TQJ – Gary
WB6ZEI – Ron
The Yolo ARES meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. at the Yolo County Red Cross.
Dana Carey , the Health Alert Network Coordinator and the Administrator for Region 4 attended and provided training on the California Health Alert Network (CAHAN) (www.cahan.ca.gov). CAHAN is a secure Web-based emergency alert system accessible anytime and anywhere for emergency planning and response communication with public health partners. CAHAN is the statewide mandated system for emergency notifications. Dana discussed the differences between the Alert versus Collaborative level users. Greg (KG6SJT), Ken (K6WLS), and LaVonne (K6LAV) were recently trained and have Collaborative level access; users at this level can send alerts and review online reports. ARES has the ability to assign as many members as we want to the Collaborative level. Additional training is required for Collaborative level access.
Dana provided a demonstration of the CAHAN callout system for emergency notification, including use of passwords, and how to confirm alert notifications. Yolo ARES can have the ability to alert ARES groups in surrounding counties if we wish. Red Cross and CERT team members are also listed on the CAHAN system.
POINT OF DISPENSING (POD) TRAINING
Dana Carey is also the Strategic National Stockpile Coordinator, responsible for Points of Dispensing (POD) training. PODS are locations throughout the county which could be used to distribute medications in the event of a health emergency. The Yolo County Health Department has developed a series of free online classes to teach volunteers to assist with POD functions. The training is at www.yolopodclasses.org. This is a three-part course (each course is about 20 minutes) and includes:
• Introduction to POD operations
• Command Staff
Next flu clinic is on October 31 (Halloween), at the Woodland Community Center. The vaccination staff is coming from WMH.
Dana also noted that Woodland Healthcare recently purchased radio equipment and is interested in collaborating with ARES. Darrin (KGFJL) will communicate with Woodland Healthcare.
Darrin (KG6FJL) reported that the ARES treasury had a balance of $760.90 last month. The new balance is $712.54 balance after miscellaneous small purchases.
NET CONTROL AND PRACTICE MESSAGES
Please sign up for net control and practice message responsibility if you have not done one yet this year.
TECHNICIAN LEVEL LICENSE CLASS
Yolo ARES should get a Technician Level session started. Discussed the feasibility of modeling the class after the recent class that was conducted by Ken (K6WLS), Gary (WA6TQJ) and Greg (KG6SJT) for YARS, Red Cross and Mormon Church participants. Wes (WS6Z) offered to assist the other trainers with the class. Gary (WA6TQJ) will make sure that Diana (KI6PFR) is involved from UCD.
June 13-14 was suggested as the date for the training. Locations suggested were the Red Cross, the Woodland Library, or EOC at UCD. Darrin (KG6FJL) will communicate with the Davis Fire Department to see if they are interested in participating.
Any interest in Field Day this year?
Wes (WS6Z) distributed maps generated from OpenStreetMap.org. Discussed the possibility of custom enhancing the maps using CloudMade Maps GPS services.
EQUIPMENT AT FAIRGROUNDS
Yolo ARES equipment is still located at the Fairgrounds.
YOLO ARES BAND PLAN
Reviewed the preliminary frequency list, as proposed by Todd (KE6GCV)
Output Offset Input Tone Name
146.970 (-) 146.370 123.0 R1BARK
146.550 146.550 S1ARES
146.970 146.970 S2BARK
147.420 147.420 S3RED
146.475 146.475 S4UCD
147.510 147.510 S5SIM
147.520 147.520 S6SIM
146.520 146.520 S7NATL
446.000 446.000 S8NATL
146.415 146.415 123.0 X1VHF (Crossband to UHF)
441.000 441.000 123.0 X2UHF (Crossband to VHF)
146.910 (-) 146.310 100.0 SACARC
147.195 (+) 147.795 123.0 SACRSV
146.085 (+) 146.685 127.3 BUTTES
147.000 (-) 146.400 136.5 MTVACA
Noted that ARES will use the same PL (123.0) for the crossband frequencies listed as is used for the BARK repeater. The plan will be updated by adding the UCD repeater frequency. Gary (WA6TQJ) will add the band plan to the ARES Emergency Communications Plan. ARES members should email Todd (KE6GCV) (email@example.com) with any additional comments or questions.
YOLO ARES EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS PLAN
ARES members are asked to review the Yolo ARES Emergency Communications Plan (Posted on the ARES Web site) and to send comments to Gary (WA6TQJ) (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can get a finalized version at the next Yolo ARES meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
The next Yolo ARES meeting will be held May 19 at 1900 hours at the Yolo County Red Cross, 120 Court Street, Woodland, CA.