Is it Spring or Winter? It’s Missouri weather, for sure. As Mother nature can’t seem to make up her mind as to what season we are in, we must be prepared as we move into the peak season for severe weather. Weather spotting (Skywarn) is definitely one of the activities that is supported by ARES. We live in a state that provides plenty of chances to participate in an important service to our communities. When participating in this activity, safety is always first. Know your surroundings when spotting and have at least one escape route and/or safe place to go if you suddenly find yourself in a dangerous situation. Check into your local weather nets and help with this valuable function.
As we continue to look at the new ARES Strategic Plan, I have set out a training summary to the Section leadership. So far, about 20 percent of the the surveys have been returned. Please make an effort to fill out your survey and return it me. To those that have already responded, thank you.
District A: Mike Bellinger, K0UAA
Benton Co. – March was a very busy month for the BC ARES! The group has welcomed a new member: Stephen Swerline, KF6DRH! They continue to work on their member roster, since they have not heard back from a number of members regarding the letters sent out to determine continued interest in the group by existing members. The Region A Healthcare net produced check-ins, with of those coming from healthcare facilities, health departments, etc. The group worked on the Benton County Emergency Communications trailer during numerous meetings. You can follow their progress at bentoncountyares.org or bcmoem.com. The group participated in the United States Army Corps of Engineers Open House where they were able to speak about ARES and pass out information to assist the Corps. The following day, the group participated in the Corps’ tabletop exercise regarding emergency response by the county and volunteer groups, as well as state and federal agencies. The group participated in the Missouri SEMA Up a Creek Full-Scale Exercise in Kansas City, which was based on the 2017 Flooding Event in the city. They received high marks from the Communications Monitor for the exercise!
Jackson Co. – ARES participated in the state tornado drill with a net and contact with SKYWARN net. ARES participated in basic spotter training in Lee’s Summit. ARES had a table there to promote ham radio and ARES membership and participation in storm spotting. Table provide a place for ARES members to chat. ARES IDs were distributed and ARES registrations accepted. ARES participated in advanced spotter training in Blue Springs. ARES had a table there to promote ham radio and ARES membership and participation in storm spotting. Table provide a place for ARES members to chat. ARES IDs were distributed and ARES registrations accepted.
Johnson Co. – Members attended the NWS Weather spotters training.
VOIP phones are operational between the county EOC and the local hospital using the Mesh network. Demo of phone system will be at the Shrine hamfest on 4-20-19
Northland – It has been a busy month with the flooding and extreme weather. March 5th Northland ARES conducted a Weather Net during the Tornado drill.
Thirteen operators provided info on Siren tests during the operation. ARES March meeting: Platte county Sheriff Dep Mike O’Neal reviewed FEMA ICS-100.
Digital Training Net operations Sunday 20:00 CDT 147.330 (151.4) The transmission of Images is providing stations with a tool to confirm propagation between stations. FSQ-MO Thursday 10:00 CDT 3.598 mhz All stations are invited to join in the operation. A Conference bridge is available for stations to discuss operations 573 693 7466 Join code 2663
Four sessions, QNI 49, QTC Six. Total net time 37 hours
District F – J.D. Simmons, WA0BER
Held Winlink training in Callaway County. DEC accrued planning and training hours.
District G – Ron Tost, K0RGT
Carter Co. – Thank you for the AEAS training Class at Ava, Missouri last Saturday and the FEMA Training Class information visa E-Mail. I will get a hold of Dave Hannigan(KN0D), to see if he will be your EC for Shannon County. 42 Contacts on the CRARC Carter County ARES Traffic Net. 73’s Bob
Douglas Co. – Tech Testing Passed 1: Tactical Storm Spotter Class in Ava and Tactical Spotter Symposium in Springfield.
Ozark Co. – Tactical Storm Spotter Class in Ava and Test Session in Ava and Tactical Storm Symposium in Springfield.
The following is the statistics of Section Volunteer service activities and hours:
|MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR :||MAR 2019||MONTH||YEAR|
|Plus / Minus||3||-1||0||31||-7||0||8||0||0||34|
|Public Svc Ops||3||0||1||56||0||0||1||1||0||62||122|
|Total Svc Hours||865||83.6||221||1097||75.5||316||206||5||0||2868.1||7292.32|
Jeff Young KB3HF