Madison County, AL ARES/RACES Sitrep, May 9, 2011
– We are continuing to use the station in the gym at the First Baptist Church as net control, supporting volunteer teams to the field. This is the only remaining directed net in operation (146.94, K4BFT); and is centered here, to be at the focus of volunteer field operations. This activity is coordinated by the Madison County VOAD and is staffed by Madison County United Way and volunteers. Requests for chainsaw teams and debris removal are obtained from the 2-1-1 Crisis Center. These requests trigger CERT-led teams, with Ham Radio ops for communications. This scheme has been working very well. Needs and volunteers are reduced from the weekend’s level. We will be evaluating, on a day-to-day basis, how long to continue.
– Our local team of a hundred-plus hams met Thursday night at the Red Cross to summarize the week and do a brief hotwash. We’ll be collecting more lessons-learned and detailed recommendations for improvement. In brief, we’re quite pleased with the way local hams responded, with the effectiveness of the information flow, and especially with the great interaction we had with our served agencies.
– We are sending several audio clips and a TV news DVD to Ed Tyler N4EDT, (AL PIC).
– A more detailed After Action Report will follow.
Rolf Goedhart, K4RGG
ARRL ARES Emergency Coordinator, Madison County
(here is the parent article – for additional links)
( https://w4hmc.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/alabama-tornado-outbreak/ )