Emergency Preparedness Week May 1 – 7, 2016

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Please join us in using this week as a reminder to be prepared.  The wildfire season has come with a vengeance and many communities have had to implement mandatory evacuations, as well as shelter-in-place advisories.  Are you ready?

Here are some resources that you can use to plan for your family safety:

http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/

https://twitter.com/Get_Prepared

Wildfire Information

http://bcwildfire.ca/situation/

http://wildfire.alberta.ca/wildfire-status/default.aspx

Earthquake Information

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/know-the-risks/earthquakes

http://earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/index-en.php

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WANT TO KNOW WHAT EXERCISE COASTAL RESPONSE IS ALL ABOUT..???

Attached you will find a brochures that will give you information on the upcoming simulated emergency test. Coast Response the British Columbia portion of the exercise while Cascadia Rising is the US side of the event. The sites below will provide you some of the information on the event.

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/embc/exercises/exercise_coastal_response_2016.pdf

http://www.wastateares.org/cascadia-rising

http://www.wastateares.org/cascadia-rising/cascadia-comms

https://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM/docs/plan_train/Cascadia2016/Cascadia_Rising_2016_Exercise_Scenario.pdf

POT GROW LIGHTS CAUSING RADIO INTERFERENCE

While this article deals with US Issues we have many similar situations here in Canada. I am aware of several situations in BC. It gets interesting when the pot is grown for medical reasons. Issues these lights raise get kicked back and forth between Health Canada and Industry Canada.  In the end to get anything done is a true challenge.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/04/ham-radio-interference-pot-growers/9770677/

New RAC Director for Alberta/NWT/NU Region..

The following is a bulletin received from the Radio Amateurs of Canada

RAC would like to welcome Ernest Clintberg, VE6EC/VE6ECK, as our newly elected Director for the Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Region. Ernest was elected by the members of the region and will complete the remainder of a two-year term that started on January 1, 2016 and will end on December 31, 2017.

Continue reading “New RAC Director for Alberta/NWT/NU Region..”

OPERATIONS CASCADIA RISING AND COASTAL RESPONSE GETTING CLSOSER

ARES operators on both sides of the border have been holding simulated emergency tests in preparation for a very large scale event in June 2016.  On April 12 2016 amateurs in British Columbia conducted their  province wide  test. Local testing is ongoing in many areas of BC. The test in June will be the largest simulated emergency test ever conducted in British Columbia. There will be more information posted as the event gets closer.

To see what happened in Washington state go to

http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-praised-following-participation-in-washington-interoperability-exercise

Do You Know What Ham Aid Is

The ARRL provides Amateur Radio equipment for loan to hams during times of disaster when on-site equipment has been damaged or compromised in a way that makes it inoperable. Below is a photo of an HF kit.  To find out how this all works go to

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Public%20Service/Emergency%20Communications/The%20ARRL%20Ham%20Aid%20Program%20Guidelines.pdf

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EMERGENCY NET ACTIVE- ECUADOR EARTHQUAKE………..updated 20 APRIL 2016

For an update go to http://www.arrl.org/news/lack-of-power-stymies-amateur-radio-post-quake-aid-in-ecuador

Ecuador is using 7060 for their emergency net. This frequency may change. In view of the earthquake and as a courtesy please always make sure the frequency is clear before you use it.

DXPEDITION AND RTTY OPERATORS PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION IN THE URL NOTED BELOW

http://www.arrl.org/news/radio-amateurs-asked-to-keep-7-060-mhz-clear-for-ecuador-earthquake-emergency-traffic

 

 

AS OF THE EVENING OF APRIL 18TH 2016 BC HAD 30 WILDFIRES GOING UPDATED 1700 APRIL 20 2016

1700 20 April 2016

All evacuation notices have been cancelled. Some alerts still in place. Monitor your local media.

0700 20 April 2016  Check your local area for updates as evacuation areas and alerts are changing several times a day.

1800 hrs 19 april 2016

Expanded Evacuation Order: South Taylor Hill (Fort St. John). Issued by the Peace River Regional District, April 19

 

NEW EVACUATION ORDER/ALERTS ISSUED 0600 APRIL 19 2016

Expanded Evacuation Order: South Taylor Hill (Fort St. John). Issued by the Peace River Regional District, April 19

 

ARES leaders….. are your plans up to date? How about your equipment, has it been checked lately?

On the evening of April 18th there were evacuations taking place in northern BC. Are you ready to respond if asked ?

http://apps.gov.bc.ca/pub/dmf-viewer/?siteid=5131184402955244847

http://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/evacuation-order-baldonnel-fort-st-john-issued-by-the-peace-river-regional-district-at-2030-april-18/?WT.cg_n=HootSuite

Evacuation Order & Alert: Charlie Lake (Fort St. John). Issued by the Peace River Regional District, April 18

Tsunami Preparedness Week APRIL 10-16 2016….

This week is designed to promote Tsunami awareness. Some questions that will spark conversation

Do you know your tsunami notification zone?

Do you know the recognized alert levels?

What should your immediate response be if a tsunami is triggered by an earthquake?

ARES FOLKS  This may be a week to use in an effort to enhance your role in the event of a major event in BC.  Below are some references that may be of assistance

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/know-the-risks/tsunamis

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/embc/preparedbc/preparedbc_household_preparedness_guide_web_final_2015.pdf

This is not just a BC Event. Tsunami events are held worldwide. Here is a website

http://www.tsunamizone.org/