As I write this post, the news on the corona pandemic keeps getting worse. I urge everyone to take this situation seriously. Social distancing is the new term of the week and it’s worth practicing. If ARES is activated to help with the pandemic, follow all of the guidelines laid out by the medical personnel to keep yourself as safe as you can.
District A: Mike Bellinger, K0UAA DEC
Benton Co. – BC ARES members participated in the following nets: MTN, ARES, Region A Healthcare, KCHEART, and various club nets. KE0LMY, KE0LMZ, and KF6DRH attended the Region A Healthcare meeting on the 18th and KE0LMZ ran the Region A Healthcare Net on the 19th. There were 20 check-ins, with 10 of those coming from healthcare facilities in Region A. On Friday, February 28th, a WebEOC training class was held in Johnson County. 7 of the 20 trainees were amateur radio operators, both trainers and both assistants were also hams. The amateur radio operators came from Johnson, Benton, and Ray Counties (others counties may have been represented). The WebEOC program (sponsored by the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency) provides emergency operations centers a web-based system to manage and monitor communication,information, and resource requests during large-scale emergencies. It is utilized by EMAs, first responder agencies, volunteer organizations (including ARES), healthcare facilities, and more. Thank you to KE0LMY, KE0LMZ, and KF6DRH for representing Benton County ARES and pursuing training to ensure a seamless communications experience in case of emergencies!
Jackson Co. – A draft MOU with a home health care agency was written.
Northland (Clay & Platte) – February 2020 “”MODES”” The acronym stands for “”Missouri Digital Emergency Service””. MODES 3.985 MHz Thursday 10:00 am CST. Four sessions, QNI 57, QTC 4, 29 hours. Net ops include a SEMA supported conference number (573) 693 7466 Access #2663 members share current Sit Rep’s with the net participants. Net requirements, FLdigi-FSQ for net interaction. New members are welcome. NCS KA0OTL Jeff, Net mgr.
Northland ARES meeting: Captain Will Akin, Emergency Management Director / Public Information Officer was the guest speaker. Discussions began with recognition of the Clay County Mobile Command support team for their ongoing maintenance. Overall discussions covered ARES operations from past to present. The status of the corona virus was covered, and a rumor of local corona affected people was dispelled. On numerous occasions during the presentation Capt. Akin expressed his sincere thanks to the membership for their support. Capt. Akin looking forward to 2020 working with the Northland ARES group utilizing amateur radio.
Liberty 1/2 Marathon: Dennis Carpenter reviewed final plans for the annual event. Looking at the extended forecast and planning for less extreme weather that was experienced in 2019.
District F: J.D. Simmons WA0BER DEC
Boone Co EC and DEC and Cole Co members participating in Digital Addendum rewrite.
District G: Ron Tost K0RGT DEC
Douglas Co. – Have tested for tech and passed 5 still have 4 studying for Tech and 2 studying for General
The following are the statistics for the month of February: