YouTube configuration video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cAl3e0No70
Thanks to all for attending the AUXCOMM presentation! As promised, here are the slides from my Go Bag presentation, as well as a list of my bag contents.
Steve K4WEB NNN0BRI
Go Bag Presentation at NC State EOC Situation Room, September 28, 2013
This is a link to the PDF document https://www.ncdps.gov/Index2.cfm?a=000001,001148,001154 .
Interesting timeline and financial constraints.
Tropical Storm Andrea formed in the Florida Gulf Coast just a few days into the 2013 hurricane season. As of this evening, models from the National Hurricane Center indicate Andrea will impact areas served by AUXCOMM late this week.
Interests along the US East Coast are urged to monitor NOAA Weather Radio, local weather forecast products, as well as the National Hurricane Center.
Excerpts from an ARRL presentation by Dan Henderson, N1ND, given at RARsfest on March 30, 2013. This presentation had nothing to do with Emergency Preparedness… unfortunately. Instead, Dan took this opportunity to repeatedly attack the NIMS/ICS training model and bark orders from ARRL HQ in Newington.
Amateur Radio is a hobby.
Emergency Communications is a commitment.
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Attention North Carolina operators:
North Carolina Emergency Management (ESF6/Human Services) is interested in reports of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. If you have personally witnessed significant damage (see below), please send the following information via email:
- Your name and callsign
- Address of damage.
- Description of damage.
Emergency Management is looking specifically for the following:
- Significant damage/collapsed structures
- Physical hazards
- Boats where sofas would normally be.
Please note this address is not monitored in real time and is not to be used to report an emergency. If you require emergency assistance, please dial 911.
Please send damage reports to: email@example.com. You must use the following Subject line:
//MARS R/ Hurricane Sandy Report
We will be collecting damage reports through 2359Z 10/30/2012.
DHS/OEC has developed and posted new AUXCOMM training modules that are specifically intended for the AUXCOMM community. The files, in several formats, can be found at http://www.publicsafetytools.info/training/start_auxcom_v1.php . Note the specific references to the AEC – Auxiliary Emergency Communicator. That is the resource type that the DHS Office of Emergency Communications has applied to us.
June 1st marks the “official” beginning of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Now is a good time to assess and evaluate your levels of preparedness both personally and professionally to ensure that you are ready in the event of an emergency or deployment or evacuation event.
Do you have an emergency kit ready for your home and car? Does it include items for your pets? Do you have a plan for communicating and meeting with your family when cell phones and internet access are down?
Are your 24 hour pack and 7 day “go kit” packed and ready to go? Is your “go kit” really operational and ready for deployment in the event you are asked to mobilize and provide disaster communications? Have you tested it?
There are many excellent sources of preparedness information o the internet. Take some time and review. The National Hurricane Center offers hurricane status updates by email or SMS/Text. Sign up at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/signup.shtml. As always, you can monitor http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ for the latest official forecast graphics.
AUXCOMM is growing. You’ll note that there are now 2 databases linked from this site, NC and SC. They are independent, but serve the same function in each State; that of aggregating contact information for Auxilliary Connunications operators and providing and validating training requirements. Other states are contemplating joining this effort.
Auxcomm follows the Auxilliary Communications concepts as described by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications (DHS/OEC) and in that Agency’s Auxcomm training course.