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Monthly Meeting for April 2012

Again this month, we have a large group attending the meeting in the EOC. Last month our meeting was in the form of the NWS Severe Weather Spotter class. Reportedly there were over 300 in attendance for that class. Numerous changes upcoming in our leadership assignments, enough for a future blog post.


ARES/RACES Volunteer meeting in the EOC

However … this does NOT mean that we have enough participants . . . . . .

If you have a current FCC Amateur Radio Operator license, we strongly encourage you to visit our website (http://hmcraces.org) and register your station and capabilities with our organization. We do not require you to spend a lot of time or effort with routine stuff, but during an emergency activity it can be very valuable to pool our resources and know how to contact our members.

Stay tuned for further details. This is the 1st anniversary of the super-outbreak of tornadoes that ravaged this area last year. We have seen a tremendous increase in new radio licenses, and hope to draw them in to this organization to help them learn how to become a valuable asset to the community.

Thanks  /;^)


Monthly Meeting for February 2012

Nearly a full-house for tonight’s meeting . . .


Enthusiastic support for EmComm preparedness.

NWS expresses appreciation to Amateur Radio Community

One of the first orders of business at our most recent monthly meeting, was the presentation of a Letter of Appreciation from the National Weather Service.

K4RGG accepting NWS recognition letter from Dave Nadler

K4RGG receiving NWS appreciation from Dave Nadler

The framed letter is signed by :
Christopher Darden
Meteorologist In Charge
National Weather Service, Huntsville, AL

and was presented to the Amateur Radio Community by
David Nadler
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Weather Forecast Office Huntsville

The letter was accepted on behalf of all amateurs by Rolf Goedhart – K4RGG.

NWS letter of appreciation dated May 9, 2011, click to enlarge

The NWS Letter of Appreciation

(here is the parent article – for additional links)
( https://w4hmc.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/alabama-tornado-outbreak/ )

20110509 SitRep

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/ )

Initial update 20110428

This is an update I posted on our internal website the next morning (I got my laptop on the internet via my cellphone, but battery time was limited).

the view from the Incident Command Post in Madison County

Anderson Hills, our 'Ground Zero'

Update Thr 28 – 11:20 am local CDT
ARES EC team has met with EMA and VOAD last nite, and again this morning.
Here is a quick synopsis from this morning’s meeting :
* Search & rescue until at least noon. No volunteers allowed in ……….
* All of N.Ala from MS to GA is without power, plan for five days without.
Athens may have some power, but maybe not for long.
Fayetteville, tn has full service.
* Madison County was hit badly; Limestone, Marshall, Morgan may be worse
= = stay near home, help your neighbors
* Dusk-to-dawn curfew, no school before Tue.
* Conserve, conserve, conserve, conserve, conserve – water, food, fuel, batteries
* Stay off the roads, stay off the transmit button – unless essential.
* Do NOT call 911 unless dire emergency,
all other calls to 211 for assistance.
* Phone in the EOC radio room is 256-xxx-yyyy (pots-line)
* Currently EMA has no internet access in the EOC.
(I am posting this from my laptop at home via cel-phone modem)
We are using 146.94 primary for net, initially conducted from w4hmc
– please – always listen first, minimize Tx.
147.22back channel for coordination, fail-over if 94 repeater goes down.
Rolf will be at EOC
Tom will be NCS at EOC
Alan will be meeting with N.AL Medical Reserve Corps,
to go setup  field clinic at Sparkman School
Chuck will be @ home, generator, HF liasion
John getting fuel, then back to EOC for alternate NCS
Jordan sleep some, refuel, then available @ EOC
Mark available to coordinate resources/volunteers
Managing staffing for comm services at :
* Red Cross
* Sparkman Medical
* Salvation Army Canteen Truck
* United Way
Woody will likely be en-route to Red Cross
Doug will be checking in with Southern Baptist Relief Org
Tim available for hospital ( likely check in with and go to Crestwood)
Please stay tuned when you can, DO NOT try to ‘just show-up’ to help.
As much as it is appreciated,
* the Sheriff and/or National Guard will NOT let you in.

More later. /;^)

###### WB5RMG is Alan Sieg ## http://wb5rmg.somenet.net ######
ARRL/ARES Assistant Emergency Coordinator, Madison County Alabama
I wanted to add these links for some additional postings on my blog http://wb5rmg.wordpress.com – these were often done by flashlight via cel-phone modem once I got home in the evenings. I was occupied 7am to 7pm at the Sparkman Clinic, and had no cell service up there as the cell towers were damaged…
These posts have links to my DropBox photo galleries as well :
Thanks  again for your prayers and support…  /;^)
(here is the parent article – for additional links)

ARES/RACES meeting for December 2010

We had a very good turn-out for the monthly joint meeting of the Madison County ARES and the HMC RACES. These are held in the basement Emergency Operations Center of the Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Management Agency, usually on the 2nd Thursday of each month. ( Here is the EMA’s website. ) (Here is the ARES/RACES website.)

well attended meeting

ARES & RACES volunteers meet monthly

Each month we typically have reports from the various groups and served-agency liasions. This includes the EMA, the local Red Cross Chapter, VOAD, MARS, CERT, the Huntsville radio club, the MSFC radio club, SKYWARN & the ARRL.

There is always lively discussion regarding recent weather events, disaster preparedness issues and concerns, membership training, and of course – ham radio in general . . . These meetings are open to the general public, but you may find yourself drawn into the desire to obtain the FCC license to operate your own ham radio station. This group maintains the http://hmcraces.org website, primarily for internal communications – but the public section often has bulletins of interest. There is also information there to help you find the meetings, if you would like to join us. If you have a ham radio license or a VHF scanner, you can listen to our weekly practice nets every Thursday at 7:30pm on the 146.94 repeater. We actively encourage all licensed hams in Madison County to register with us even if you don’t actively participate. We maintain a database of licensed operators, just in case we ever need to call out everyone we can get… We support a large population center, and in the event of a disaster there are many public-service agencies that will need our communications support. That’s what we do – That’s why we are here. Please join us.