Archive for September, 2011

National Preparedness Day

September 29, 2011

Preparedness is not something one does one month out of the year.


Preparedness is something you make a part of your daily life.


In order to be really prepared, one must make a conscious decision that “I will prepare” and follow that with definitive steps to become prepared.


One of the barriers to this, however, is knowing where to start.  It’s a giant elephant to some that overwhelms their effort to begin.


Do One Thing is an effort to overcome that challenge.  With Do 1 Thing you can take small steps that make a big difference in an emergency.


The disaster supplies kit calendar on the City of Altus web site is another way to carve out manageable steps to disaster resilience.


National Preparedness Month may be winding down but your job is not over.


Please Prepare.

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September 27, 2011

What are the AM Radio Nets?  #ARRL #hamradio

Please let me know if there are changes.

Day Time Zone Net Freqy Location Other
    Daily 5:00 AM ET Early Morning 160 Meter Net 1.888 East Coast
    Daily 5:00 AM ET Early Morning 160 Meter Net 1.888 Midwest
    Daily 10:00 AM ET Old Buzzards Net 3.945 Northeast Hosted by W1GAC and W1ECO.
    Daily 12:00 PM CT The NoonTime Forum 3.885 Midwest Chicago area.
    Daily 3:00 PM PT Northwest AM Net 3.870 Northwest
    Daily 6:30 AM MT Colorado Morning Net 3.875 Colorado
    Daily 4:00 PM PT K6HQI Memorial Net 14.286 East Coast In memory in Les K6HQI 

    Daily 6 PM Local “Old Italian Buzzards” BA Net 28.730 Italy Not always on AM
    Daily 7:00 PM ET Buffalo NY AM Group 29.0 Northeast
    Daily 7:00 PM ET Fort Wayne Indiana 6M AM Net 50.58 Midwest
    Daily 7:30 PM ET 2 Meter NY City-Long Island Net 144.28 Northeast Except Sunday
    Daily 7:30 PM ET New England 2 Meter AM Net 144.425 Northeast
    Daily 9:30 PM PT West Coast AM Net 3.870 Northwest
    Daily 9:30 PM PT West Coast AM Net 3.870 Southwest
    Daily 9:30 PM PT West Coast AM Net 3.870 West Coast
    Sunday 6:00 AM Local Gauteng 3.700, 3.740 South Africa
    Sunday 6:00 AM ET Toledo Ohio 50.36 Midwest
    Sunday 8:30 AM ET The AM Carrier Net 3.835 Northeast 
    Sunday 9:00 AM ET The Sunday Morning Coffee Net 50.4 
    Sunday 9:00 AM PT SCV AM Net 50.4 West Coast SVC CA
    Sunday 10:00 AM UTC  Netherlands AM Net 3.705 Netherlands
    Sunday 9:30 AM Atlantic Time Sunday Atlantic AM Net 3.735 Eastern Canada
     Sunday 7:00 PM ET Echo Net  50.538  Connecticut 
    Sunday 10:00 AM PT Southern California 6 Meter Club 50.5 West Coast
    Sunday 10:00 AM ET Cleveland Ohio 6 Meter AM Net 50.55 Midwest
    Sunday 10:00 AM ET Wadsworth Ohio 6 Meter Net 50.55 Midwest
     Sunday 11:00 AM  UTC  UK AM Net 1.980 UK
    Sunday 12:00 PM CT Collins Collector Association AM Net 29.050 All
    Sunday 2:00 PM ET DX-60 Net 7.290 
    Sunday 3:00 PM MT Arizona AM Net 3.855 Southwest
    Sunday 3:00 PM PT The AM Swap Net 3.875 West Coast 
    Sunday 4:30 PM ET AWA Vintage AM Nets 3.837 East Coast
    Sunday 4:00 PM ET The Future Net 3.875 
    Sunday 4:00 PM PT West Coast 40 Meter Net 7.160 West Coast
    Sunday 8:00 PM ET Buffalo NY AM Group 144.450 Northeast
    Sunday 9:00 PM ET Media PA 6 Meter Net 50.55 Northeast
    Monday 7:00 PM PT SAM Club Net 50.4 West Coast I
    Tuesday 7:30 PM ET The AM Swap Net 3.885 Southeast 
    Tuesday 7:30 PM CT St. Clair County Illinois Radio Club 2 Meter AM Net 145.65 
     Tuesday  7:30 PM  MT Phoenix VHF AM Net 144.450  Southwest
    Tuesday 8:00 PM CT Moline Illinois 6M AM Net 50.4 Midwest 
    Tuesday 8:30 PM ET The Gray Hair Net 1.945 Northeast 
    Tuesday 9:00 PM ET Cleveland Ohio 6 Meter AM Net 50.55 Midwest
    Tuesday 9:30 PM ET Kalamazoo 6 Meter Net 50.4 Midwest Kalamazoo, MI area
    Wednesday 8:00 PM ET Muti-Elmac 3.880 Midwest Except for the 1st Wednesday of each month.
    Wednesday 7:30 PM ET Buffalo NY AM Group 50.4 Northeast
    Wednesday 8:00 PM ET Central Florida 6M AM Net 50.4 Southeast 
    Wednesday 8:00 PM ET  ROAM 144.260 Midwest Ludington, MI
    Wednesday 9:00 PM PT The AM Swap Net 3.870 West Coast 
    Thursday 6:00 PM CT Gulf Coast Mullet Society 3.885 Southeast
    Thursday 8:00 PM Local The AM Net 3.580 Australia Western Australia.
    Friday 7:30 PM PT Saugus California 6 Meter AM Net 50.4 West Coast 
    Friday 10:30 PM Local Eighty Meter AM Net 3.580 Australia 
    Updated Saturday 5:00 AM ET The Old Military Radio Net  3.885 
    Saturday 8:00 AM PT California Early Bird Net 3.870 West Coast
    Saturday 7:30 AM CT Midwest Classic Radio Net 3.885 Midwest Swap/sale
    Saturday 8:00 AM PT The West Coast Military Radio Collectors Net 3.990 West Coast
    Saturday 8:00 AM ET 6 Meter SE Mass/Cape Cod Area Net 50.4 Northeast
     Saturday 8:30 AM Local Vintage and Amateur Radio Society (VMARS) Net 3.615 UK  www.vmars.org.uk
    Saturday 3:00 PM ET Canadian Boatanchor Net 3.745 Eastern Canada
    Saturday 7 PM Local The East of Scotland AM Group 145.8 
    Saturday 8:00 PM ET Northern PA 6M AM Net 50.4 Northeast
    Saturday 8:00 PM MT Arizona AM Net 50.4 Southwest
    Saturday 9:00 PM PT The West Coast Military Radio Collectors Net 3.985 West Coast
    Saturday 11:30 PM local Australian 160 Meter Crossband Net 1.850 Australia
    Friday or Saturday 9:00 PM ET Cleveland Ohio 6 Meter AM Net 50.55 Midwest
    Monday thru Friday 8:00 PM ET Albany 6M AM Net 50.4 Northeast
    Monday and Thursday 8:00 PM ET AM/PM Net 50.4 Northeast Southern Maine
    Saturday and Sunday 1:00 AM UTC JA AM Net 14.190 Japan
    Saturday, Sunday 7:30 AM ET New England Six Meter AM Net 50.4 Northeast
    Sunday and Wednesday 8:00 PM PT Northwest AM Net 50.4 Northwest Puget Sound Area
    Sunday and Thursday 7:00 AM/8PM ET Florida AM Net 3.880 Southeast
    Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 PM PT Northwest AM Net 144.4 Northwest
     Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday  9:00 PM PT Califirnia 160 Meter Net 1.925 West Coast



September 26, 2011

What are the AM Radio frequencies?  #ARRL #hamradio


All Frequencies in MHz


160 Meters: 1.885, 1.900, 1.945, 1.985 (USA)
                             1.850 (W. Europe)
                             1.933 &1.963 (in the UK)
                             1.843 (Australia)
        80 Meters:  3.530, 3650 (South America)
                            New 3615, 3625 (in the UK)
                            3705 (W. Europe)
                            3.690 (AM Calling Frequency, Australia)
        75 Meters: 3.825, 3.870 (West Coast), 3.880, 3.885 (USA)
        40 Meters:  7.070 (Southern Europe)
                            7.120, 7.300 (South America)
                            7.175, 7.290, 7.295 (USA)
                            7.143 (UK)
                            7.146 (AM Calling Frequency, Australia)
        20 Meters: 14.286
        17 Meters: 18.150
        15 Meters: 21.285, 21.425
        10 Meters: 29.000-29.200
        6 Meters: 50.4 (generally), 50.250 Northern CO
        2 Meters: 144.4 (Northwest)
                         144.425 (Massachusetts)
                         144.28 (NYC-Long Island)
                         144.45 (California)
                         144.265 (Los Angeles, CA)

Community Emergency Response Team

September 22, 2011

One of the overlooked initiatives of the Citizen Corp program is the Community Emergency Response Team effort.

These groups, often neighbors that already know one another or churches that worship together or civic groups that have an interest in helping their fellow man, complete a basic disaster education program.  The program is not to replace professionals in rescue.  The program is really designed to protect the rescuer, i.e. to teach the student how to know when to not become a victim.

Schools, churches, and businesses have adopted CERT training as a way to insure their facilities have a way to help and recover.

If your group is interested in CERT training, the Oklahoma Department of Homeland Security will provide free instruction to those who submit the application.

What are the Fire Conditions?

September 19, 2011

Please be aware of Fire Weather conditions.  There is now a burn ban.

Relative Humidity from Oklahoma MesoNet

September 17, 2011

Recently, the Colston Clan paid a visit to #Joplin.  The devastation remains.  It is horrendous, even now. #NPM11 #OKready

From an emergency management perspective, debris management still goes on four months after the event.   Piles of “stuff” can be seen in the same area as bare dirt and concrete slabs.

Businesses remain closed.  Places we used to stop and shop are no longer able to conduct any transaction, except to sell the land that was laid bare.  The Red Hot and Blue just reopened this month.

Folks are still recovering.  Churches still minister.  Government still is helping the residents of the area.

I bet the residents of the area would still like you to pray for them.  The pictures don’t do justice.  At any rate, as part of National Preparedness Month, will you at least think about what you would be doing, if this were happening to you?  Please do something to make your reality what YOU want it to be.

September 16, 2011
This month our Nation marked the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The events of that day revealed just how important coordination and interoperable communications are to the critical work of emergency responders who save lives, every day, in our cities and towns across the Nation. While the attacks were dramatic and tragic events for our Nation, they highlighted the concerns about the vital need for improved emergency communications and were an important catalyst for change.
Over the last ten years, we have made significant progress to improve emergency communications capabilities. Since its inception in 2007, the US Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) has worked with our partners at the Federal, State, local, and tribal levels to ensure emergency responders can share information—voice and data—with each other during emergencies and day-to-day operations. Through these partnerships, we have shared best practices and insights to develop solutions that benefit stakeholders across disciplines and jurisdictions.
To highlight advancements made by stakeholders, OEC has published five case studies. These case studies align with the SAFECOM Interoperability Continuum— the critical success factors that help jurisdictions achieve interoperability—governance, standard operating procedures, technology, training and exercises, and usage. Through these case studies, OEC is highlighting examples from various jurisdictions across the Nation so that others will be able to understand the complexities of interoperability and determine how the innovative solutions included in the studies might help them overcome their own barriers.
The case studies include: 
  • Governance—New York City Interagency Communications Committee as an example of how jurisdictions are demonstrating the capability of managing a regional committee working within a multi-state framework
  •  Standard Operating Procedures—Minnesota Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) as an example of comprehensive interoperability achieved through procedures and protocols governing response designed prior to an incident 
  • Technology—Delaware Statewide Emergency Communications System as an example of a standards-based, regionally-shared system that supports more than 14,000 subscribers from 247 different local, State, Federal, and non-governmental agencies, processing more than 115,000 interoperable communications calls on a routine day
  • Training and Exercises—Washington State Integrated Interoperable Communications Plan, developed in preparation for the 2010 Olympic Games, as an example of an interagency communications plan adapted into a two-day curriculum enabling students to apply their new communications skills through a series of tabletop exercises
  • Usage—Louisiana Wireless Information Network (LWIN), developed as part of the recovery efforts of Hurricane Katrina, as an example of a multijurisdictional system that provided vital support to local, State, and Federal responders during responses to Hurricane Gustav and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
These case studies highlight just a few examples of the tremendous progress made in the field of emergency communications since that tragic day in 2001. While much has been accomplished towards achieving nationwide interoperability in the last ten years, there is still work to be done. As new technologies and their capabilities are explored, the principles that have worked to date cannot be overlooked. The ability of public safety officials to effectively communicate is essential to saving lives and property. OEC and our stakeholder partners will continue working together to ensure progress is made and the citizens of the Nation are provided the highest level of safety and security possible.
For more information or to request a PDF copy of the case studies, contact OEC@dhs.gov.

Communication

September 15, 2011

Communication, in a disaster, is the first thing to fail.

Phone lines are overloaded.  Radio channels are jammed.  Cell phone towers run out of juice.

However, there’s one group that seems to be what FEMA Adminisatrator Craig Fugate calls “the last line of defense”.  That’s the amateur radio operator.

Hams have had a long history of disaster help.

From the Muskogee Amateur Radio Club helping at the fifth deadliest tornado in Oklahoma history to the local Skywarn program providing annual severe weather training to the local club practicing the annual Field Day event with the American Radio Relay League, ham radio continues to be THE way an area resident can communicate with one another.

Won’t you take time this year to find a local club?  Classes are offered periodically.

This National Preparedness Month tip asks “will you bet your life on the communications you have right now?”

September 9, 2011
September Marks 40th Year of CHEMTREC® Operations
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 9, 2011) – This month marks the 40th year of operations for CHEMTREC, the world’s foremost emergency call center that provides immediate critical response information during emergency incidents involving chemicals, hazardous materials and dangerous goods.

A service of the American Chemistry Council, CHEMTREC is a round-the-clock public service hotline available to fire fighters, law enforcement officials and other personnel who are the first responders in emergency situations. With links to the largest on-call network of chemical and hazardous material experts in the world, including chemical and response specialists, public emergency services, and private contractors, and more than four million accessible Materials Safety Data Sheets, CHEMTREC provides crucial assistance during incidents ranging from minor to critical.

“When faced with an incident involving hazardous materials or dangerous goods, emergency responders need access to reliable information and assistance immediately,” said Randy Speight, managing director of CHEMTREC. “Every day of the year for the past 40 years, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, CHEMTREC has been providing immediate assistance to emergency responders to ensure they can properly address any hazardous situation that they are facing.”

Over the past 40 years, CHEMTREC has grown and enhanced the services it provides beyond emergency incident response. Today, CHEMTREC also has the capability to assist companies in their disaster recovery efforts and serve as a company’s crisis communications service, providing crucial information to company personnel and mass emergency broadcast services during a crisis. CHEMTREC Operations Center staff also can provide technical services to participating companies regarding company product use information.
CHEMTREC’s reach also has expanded internationally in the past decade. In response to demand from the numerous chemical manufacturers that operate around the globe, today, CHEMTREC takes calls from anywhere in the world and provides translation in 180 languages to assist callers during an emergency. By building relationships with international manufacturers, shippers and emergency response organizations, as well as offering expanded services for customers who ship globally, CHEMTREC is able to meet the needs of an expanding global economy.
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“CHEMTREC has been a key partner for Dow, working behind the scenes and evolving over time to provide the right tools to deliver the first-rate response capabilities that we need,” said Rollie Shook, Global Emergency Services Leader with The Dow Chemical Company. “CHEMTREC operators have the knowledge, expertise and ability to ask the right questions and direct callers to the right source for information they need.”

CHEMTREC also is a sponsor of TRANSCAER® (TRANSportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response), a voluntary outreach effort in the United States that helps communities prepare for and respond to possible hazardous material transportation incidents.
Learn more about CHEMTREC.
Donna L. Lepik
Director, Outreach & Special Programs/Staff Executive
American Chemistry Council
CHEMTREC® & TRANSCAER®
700 2nd Street NE, Suite 913 – Washington DC 20002

September 9, 2011
WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2011 – Recent weather events such as Hurricane Irene, the earthquake on the East Coast and other natural disasters highlight the need for Americans to prepare for emergencies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Red Cross, the Ad Council and Google Crisis Response are collaborating to launch a new preparedness web resource, Get Tech Ready, on behalf of the Ready campaign.
Released just before the start of National Preparedness Month, this new resource educates individuals and families about how using modern-day technology can help them prepare, adapt and recover from disruptions brought on by emergencies or disasters.
A recent American Red Cross survey showed that the internet, including online news sites and social media platforms, is the third most popular way for Americans to gather emergency information and let their loved ones know they are safe.  
“As technology becomes more a part of our daily lives, people are turning to it during emergencies as well. We need to utilize these tools, to the best of our abilities, to engage and inform the public, because no matter how much federal, state and local officials do, we will only be successful if the public is brought in as part of the team,” FEMA Administrator, W. Craig Fugate.
“During Hurricane Irene, we saw people using new technologies in many ways, whether it was thousands of people downloading our new shelter finder App or others using our Safe and Well site and social media to let their friends and family know they are OK, ” said Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross. “People now have more varied resources available at their fingertips that they can use before, during and after emergencies.”
Get Tech Ready provides Americans with tips on how to use technological resources before, during and after a crisis to communicate with loved ones and manage your financial affairs. Preparedness tips on the website include:
  • Learn how to send updates via text and internet from your mobile phone to your contacts and social channels in case voice communications are not available;  
  • Store your important documents such as personal and financial records in the cloud or on a secure and remote area or flash or jump drive that you can keep readily available so they can be accessed from anywhere; and
  • Create an Emergency Information Document using the Ready.gov Family Emergency Plan template in Google Docs or by downloading the Ready Family Emergency Plan to record your emergency plans.  
“Get Tech Ready is a resource that will truly help people in the US and around the world understand how they can use widely available technology to prepare for potential crises,” said Nigel Snoud, Product Manager, Google Crisis Response.  “We’re thrilled to be working with FEMA, the American Red Cross, and the Ad Council on this public service project.”
“We are delighted to collaborate with FEMA, Google and the American Red Cross to expand our Ready messages through this new web site to educate more Americans about the vital need to get prepared in advance of an potential emergency,” said Peggy Conlon, president & CEO of the Ad Council. “The web site will provide access to critical resources to Americans addressing the importance of using technology as part of their individual and family preparedness plans.”
Launched in 2003, National Preparedness Month is designed to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies throughout the year. The Ready campaign was also launched in 2003 by FEMA in partnership with the Ad Council. Since its launch, media outlets have donated more than $900 million in advertising time and space for the PSAs. The new PSAs will air in advertising time that will be entirely donated by the media.
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