Another year has come and gone. 2015 was a busy year for the Section as we supported communications in various severe weather events and public service opportunities. The year ended very badly for the District C area as 10 inches of rain fell in 3 days, inundating may cities and roads. District C supported the American Red Cross with shelter communications in St. Louis, St. Charles, and Jefferson Counties.
A number if ICS-217 forms are now posted on the website detailing the communications plans for various counties. If your county is not listed yet, please send your ICS-217 to me. If you need another Excel sheet to enter your information, contact me.
Another heading page has also been added to the website giving emergency contact information for the District Leadership. It became evident in some of the latest incidents that the information for contacting ARES for communication support is not readily available. Now the DECs in each area can be contacted and can funnel the support requests to the appropriate county EC. The page is still under construction, awaiting some final information but most of the information is available.
District A: Johnson County has a new RMS gateway for WinLink. The call is WJ0EMA-10 on 145.07 MHz. Northland is developing FSQcall VHF operation. A demo was held at the December meeting which was also a social event.
District C: The St. Charles County ARES December meeting was a social event and certificates of appreciation was awarded to member by the St. Charles County Division of Emergency Management. The group also responded to the ARC shelter at Francis Howell North High School and provided communications for the duration of the shelter operation. Windshield damage assessments were also contacted for SCC DEM. St. Francois County assisted Ste. Genevieve County on levee patrols. KD0ZIK became an SK from St. Francois County.
District F: Jeffrey Carlyle, KD0QCN was appointed EC for Audrain County. Audrain County supported their EMA with storm spotting during the month.
District G: Douglas County was on standby to support flooding in the county.
District H: Livingston County is developing a private BPQ32 mail system for the District.
The following the operation and man-hour report for the month of December, 2015
|MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR :||DEC||2015||SECTION||YEAR|
|Plus / Minus||0||0||2||-24||3||0||-1||0||0||-20|
|# Training Drills||30||22||32||78||22||24||19||4||10||241||2988|
|# Public Svc||0||0||0||12||0||0||0||1||0||13||296|
|# Emer Ops||0||1||7||5||2||1||0||0||0||16||193|
|# Total Ops||30||23||39||95||24||25||19||5||10||270||3477|
I thank everyone for their support of the Section ARES program. May 2016 be a safe and prosperous year for everyone.
Jeff Young, KB3HF