It looks like the spring severe weather season has finally hit our state after a somewhat quiet April. ARES activity in the form of weather spotting and flood evacuation activity was reported this month.
In a cooperative endeavor, Missouri ARES, Mo. Traffic Net, and MESN have been working with SEMA to develop a resource request form that is compatible with the WebEOC system that is now the standard reporting and resource request/ tracking system deployed by SEMA. The form is an HTML form that editable with any browser and is designed to be used with fldigi forms program “flmsg”. Resource requests from county EOCs to SEMA that have to be passed by radio if the internet is down in their area should use fldigi and flmsg to submit the request to SEMA. The current form – RReqv1.1.0.html – is available on the Forms page under SEMA Resouce Request forms on this website. A PowerPoint presentation is also included to explain the use of the form. Only version 1.1.0 should be used. The older version forms are beta versions and are needed only for those in the beta test group to open and read/demonstrate the request form.
I am also pleased to announce that J.D. Simmons, WA0BER has been appointed DEC for District F. J.D. is the Interoperable Communications Specialist for the Missouri Department of Public Safety. J.D has extensive experience in amateur and public service radio services. Please welcome J.D. to the leadership of District F.
District A: Cass, Jackson, and Pettis Counties reported storm spotter nets operated during the month. Northland supported law enforcement during the flood evacuation of Mosby on May 18th and 19th. Carroll County ARES worked with amateurs in Ray County to man a booth during the Richmond Mushroom festival to demonstrate amateur radio.
District B: Severe storm activations and weather spotting nets were held during severe weather events in the district.
District F: A tornado spotting net was convened on May 15th.
District G: Carter County reported 2 new Technician Class and 3 new General Class amateur from testing on May 21st. ARES applications are expected from the new hams.
District I: District I reported a stormy and wet month with 5 activations for severe weather nets.
Below is the operations and manhours spent in support of ARES activity for the month.
|MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR :||MAY||2015||SECTION||YR to DATE|
|Plus / Minus||0||0||1||16||0||0||0||0||0||17|
|# Training Drills||41||21||41||98||29||3||10||11||8||262||1260|
|# Public Svc||1||1||0||16||0||0||0||0||0||18||96|
|# Emer Ops||4||2||0||14||0||12||0||0||5||37||71|
|# Total Ops||46||24||41||128||29||15||10||11||13||317||1427|
Thanks again to all of the Section members for their support and time freely given to serve the communities around us. The capabilities that amateur radio can provide is a valuable asset to any community. Keep up the good work and the relationships that we have developed with the various served agencies we work with.