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Yolo ARES Assistant Emergency Coordinators
At the January Yolo County ARES meeting, Emergency Coordinator Darrin Ogletree,KG6FJL, presented Assistant Emergency Coordinator certificates to Linda Ford, AA6MR , and Clayton Ford, KF6SNF. 1/19/2004
First Yolo ARES NET
The Yolo ARES group conducted their first NET Monday, January 5, 2004. The NET log report has been posted.
The next Yolo ARES net will be January 19th at 8:00 PM.
There will be a Yolo ARES planning meeting, Thursday, January 8th at 7:00 PM at Linda and Clay's house. 1/19/2004
CPR and defibrillator Training- Change of Location!
Yolo ARES members will receive CPR and defibrillator training on Jauary 10, 2004 at the Mormon Church at 8th and Elmwood St in Davis. The cost will be $30.00 per person. Class will start at 9am. Please rsvp as class size is limited. Contact Darrin Ogletree, email@example.com , for more information. 1/11/2004
GUIDELINES AND A “GENERIC” PLAN FOR ARES TEAMS DURING WIDESPREAD
GUIDELINES AND A “GENERIC” PLAN FOR ARES TEAMS DURING WIDESPREAD
AND/OR EXTENDED POWER OUTAGES AND TELEPHONE SYSTEM FAILURES.
BEFORE THE POWER OUTAGE:
1 - MAINTAIN your radios, accessories, lighting, and other gear in a “state
of readiness”. Keep your batteries charged, your generator serviced, and a
enough fresh fuel (safely stored) to keep it running at least 24 hours.
Always keep the fuel tank in your vehicle(s) at least 1/2 full. (When the
power is out...service stations cannot pump fuel.)
2 - PARTICIPATE in daily and weekly nets, drills, and training. Get to
know your EC, AEC, and other members on your ARES team. Remain familiar
with your local and regional emergency plan.
3 - CULTIVATE good public relations on a daily basis. Let your friends,
neighbors, and local community leaders know what amateur radio is and what
it is capable (and not capable) of doing.
DURING A POWER OUTAGE AND/OR TELEPHONE SYSTEM FAILURE:
1 - CHECK ON your family and neighbors. Especially any elderly, disabled,
or infirm persons you know. If assistance is needed summon help as
2 - ACTIVATE your station by connecting to your auxiliary power source.
Monitor designated local and section EMCOMM frequencies. Keep an accurate
log of pertinent information and traffic.
3 - CONSERVE power, and help keep the frequencies clear by not
transmitting unless you have traffic or useful information.
4 - AS SOON AS a net has been activated, check in when your area is called.
Advise the NCS of your availability for assignment(s).
5 - YOU MAY BE asked to stay at home and serve as a relief NCS or a relay
station. ARES stations (fixed or mobile) with both VHF and HF are of
6 - IF YOU GO MOBILE, travel self-contained. Appropriate clothing, food
and drink. First Aid Kit. Tool Kit. A good flashlight or two plus extra
batteries is essential...as is a clipboard, notepad, pens and pencils, and
local maps. Carry an adequate supply of blank RADIOGRAMS.
7 - RESPOND as directed by your NCS or go to the nearest location where
people congregate during an emergency. This may be a local fire station,
community hall, school, church, general store, or even an intersection.
When surveying an affected area, be alert for people who may have an
immediate need for communications or other special needs. Obey all laws,
stay out of the way of emergency vehicles, and periodically keep the NCS
station informed of your location.
8 - IDENTIFY yourself as an emergency communications unit. Wear your ARES
cap, jacket, or other ID materials. On vehicles, the magnetic ARES signs
are nice or you can make placards and place them on your dashboard or
9 - INTRODUCE yourself to local officials. Briefly tell them who you are,
what you can do, where you will be located, and that they may refer persons
with emergency, priority, or health and welfare messages to you. Remain
polite. DO NOT initiate or accept ROUTINE traffic until the NCS gives
10 - KEEP IN CONTACT with the NCS. The EC or acting EC may need you to move
to another location (such as a hospital, utility office or city hall).
11 - IF YOU MUST leave your post or assignment notify the NCS. Allow
enough time for him/her to find a replacement.
12 - KNOW your own limitations. Do not try to be a “marathon operator”.
When your relief arrives, give him/her a brief report, turn over your log
and/or notes, and go get some rest. You may be needed tomorrow!
Yolo ARES NET
The Yolo ARES group will conduct its first NET on
Monday, January 5th at 8:00 PM
The NET will be conducted on the W6KCS repeater-
442.025 MHz +5 MHz., P.L. in 179.9, in Vacaville, CA. 1/6/2004
Recent Earthquake Events in Northern California
A list of recent earthquake events with links for more information is now available on the Yolo ARES web site. The real time information is from iWalt.com's RSS earthquake news feed. 1/9/2004
Rescue teams dig through collapsed city in search of bodies and survivors from earthquake; 20,000 feared dead
(12-27) 01:19 PST BAM, Iran (AP) -- Overwhelmed rescue crews picked through entire city blocks of rubble in search for survivors and bodies a day after an earthquake ruined this southeast Iranian city. With the death toll in the thousands, Iran appealed for international help and promised to waive visas for foreign relief workers. 1/11/2004
Central California Hams Respond to Earthquake
NEWINGTON, CT, Dec 24, 2003--About two dozen Amateur Radio operators aided the American Red Cross in San Luis Obispo County, California, providing radio links between shelters and the ARC San Luis Obispo Chapter office after an earthquake struck Central California on December 22. "San Luis Obispo ARES/RACES operators were activated by the San Luis Obispo County Office of Emergency Services to help man the county-wide Emergency Operations Center and to provide backup communications support to the Red Cross when the cellular phones proved unreliable following the initial quake at 11:15 AM," said Santa Barbara Section Manager Robert Griffin, K6YR. Griffin said the American Red Cross quickly established three shelters: one in hard-hit Paso Robles, another in Morro Bay and a third shelter in the southern part of the county. Hams maintained Emergency Coordination Center stations at the shelters, providing 2 meter links with the ARC San Luis Obispo Chapter office. "About 24 operators were involved. By 10 PM Monday night, the primary ARC communication resources were again reliable, and the ARES net secured," Griffin said. 1/11/2004
Web Site Updated
We've updated our 'What's New' page. It now displays:
- the current Terror Alert Level
- the Solar X-rays and Geomagnetic Field
- ARRL news headlines
- The latest links and news added to the Yolo ARES web site. 1/4/2004
Emcomm West 2004 - Reno, NV
Mark your calendar...
+ EMCOMMWEST 2004 - RENO, NEVADA
• May 22-23, 2004
• Location TBA 1/11/2004