Missouri Section Activity Report – May 2015

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 News:

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
DISTRICT A B C D E F G H I TOTAL  
# Counties 13 16 12 18 13 13 9 15 6 115  
# Reporting 7 6 5 9 6 3 3 2 4 45  
# Members 306 107 294 236 71 86 47 37 130 1314  
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
Hours 538 61.55 399 972 42 75 53 25 15 2180.55 10493.42
# Public Svc 1 1 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 18 96
Hours 6 20 0 121 0 0 0 0 0 147 1792
# Emer Ops 4 2 0 14 0 12 0 0 5 37 71
Hours 87 18 0 237 0 8 0 0 73 423 770.5
# Total Ops 46 24 41 128 29 15 10 11 13 317 1427
Total Hours 631 99.55 399 1330 42 83 53 25 88 2750.55 13055.92

 

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.

73,

Jeff KB3HF

Section EC