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Most Local and County Emergency Management Plans Ignore Amateur Radio:

from groundreport.com on April 7, 2014
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Free and Indepentent Amateur Emergency Service  
by AI2IA on April 7, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Government regimentation and red tape is not an asset in emergencies.
Local informal and formal groups of hams are more agile and resilient, and innovative when it comes to emergency service than big brother's expensive, time wasting, and good old boy's I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine complex organizations.
 
RE: Free and Indepentent Amateur Emergency Service  
by KT4WO on April 7, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
While I agree AI2IA....

It only takes one OVWB with a rubber duck mounted to
a hardhat to really screw the pooch....

Seen it too many times while working in the Local EM Office.


 
Most Local and County Emergency Management Plans Ignore Amat  
by N0AH on April 7, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Many first responder government groups have had FEMA game maps for cross training inter-agency communications to catch up where the amateur radio service had in the past filled in the missing pieces- The explosion of emergency managers for local governments etc...seems like many counties for example want an amateur radio resource but only as a last resort. That said, Colorado hams were the only voices heard from flood ravaged front range Colorado communities during historic flooding last year- The cream always rises to the top-
 
Most Local and County Emergency Management Plans Ignore Amat  
by WA7SGS on April 7, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
I have one word to describe the government's quality of response in dire emergency conditions: Katrina. Despite the creation of the ICS and other systems following 9-11, all we got was a "Good job Brownie!" out of the deal from the Feds.

In Coos County the ARES/RACES group is part of the plan but the newest part of the plan has not been updated since 2009. So much for "living documents"...LOL! I reviewed it and found that the main repeater's tone was not even included and that the sheriff from 2009 was still listed as sheriff despite the fact he's dead. ARES/RACES members listed date back to 2003. The emergency director used to be the city manager for a small coastal city in Oregon and my friend from there said this guy was a do-nothing. So far he appears to be the same way for his current position.

Toss in a 200 baud rate for sending messages vis Airmail on HF to the state capital in Salem since they want the digital mode. With 36 counties to check in I think we can all imagine how quickly overwhelmed the emcomm system managed by ARES/RACES when feeding reports to and from the capital to the counties will be.

When the Cascadia Subduction Zone quake happens and it will be a Really Big One going over 9.0, the collapse of bridges/tunnels, breakage of dams and landslides caused by the quake is going to cut the entire Oregon Coast into little islands. With no way to get food in or evacuate people out (remember, there's no advance warning for subduction zone quakes like there is for hurricanes), the scope of the disaster in terms of geographic reach will dwarf Katrina.

Our one hope is that the quake hits before the LNG export facility is built on the North Spit (by North Bend OR) and completed around 2019. If that thing blows it will just add another catastrophic element to my home area. Knowing Murphy's Law I'm expecting a blast to rival Hiroshima.

What we have in our favor in Coos County: A massive network of repeaters and a small but well-equipped group of hams who are set up with generators, antennas and radios galore for HF as well as receiving 2m/440 simplex from our county. So long as some repeaters survive (all but one has backup power and the one that doesn't is due to a theft of a pair of new 250 pound batteries that were bought for that purpose) and those hams with the great home QTH setups are at home, we will get an SOS out but after that will the state and Feds be ready to evacuate and then house the 100,000 people who live on the South Coast for the years it will take to rebuild the bridges and roads? Don't forget the Central and Northern Coast regions and their many thousands!

We are not ready as a county, a state or a nation for the maximum natural disaster and it is coming sooner than later, much sooner. The last quake was in 1700 and the next one is coming in the 300's for years down the road from that one so we're already in the red zone.

Hey, at least the rest of you will have a good chance of hearing us yelling for help...LOL!


Rick
 
Most Local and County Emergency Management Plans Ignore Amat  
by KG4RUL on April 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
This article cites NO factual evidence to support the title statement. It is basically one man's opinion.
 
RE: Free and Indepentent Amateur Emergency Service  
by KI5WW on April 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Guess i been under a rock. Whats a OVWB? Driving me nuts!
Thanks
 
RE: Free and Indepentent Amateur Emergency Service  
by W6EM on April 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Remember the old saying "any port in a storm?" Relying on credentialed, FEMA and DHS trained hams is a mistake, plain and simple. We shouldn't be training to be fall-back PS dispatchers. Train LEOs to do that, not hams.

No guarantee as to who survives, or who will be able to operate post disaster.

What has made amateur radio so valuable thus far is the impromtu nature of assistance provided. So, by limiting participation to only those credentialled, there may not be enough to help meaningfully in future situations.
 
RE: Free and Indepentent Amateur Emergency Service  
by W5FRR on April 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
The "over-credentialing" is definitely an issue, as is the silliness of requiring background checks and drug screening for every little "credentialing" process. Anyone with a mark "on their permanent record" from their youth is probably not going to be "credentialed" to volunteer in a disaster or emergency???? Absolutely insane. I would think that in a crisis, anyone with two hands, a brain, any usable skill, and a desire to help would be welcomed. I guess my views are too archaic for today's modern "crisis management leaders".
 
RE: Free and Indepentent Amateur Emergency Service  
by KT4WO on April 10, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
OVWB----

Orange Vest Wana Be

but ,,,I guess its now "Lime Green" vest...lol

 
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