Emergency Management British Columbia central region’s Provincial Regional Emergency Operations Center (PREOC) amateur radio station was activated from 08:00 Hrs. until 17:00 Hrs. On June 26,27,28, and 29. Emergency Management BC (EMBC) asked Provincial Emergency Communications Service (PERCS) volunteers to man the station encase of a loss of communications from the Shuswap Lake area and to monitor for any information reported on amateur frequencies re the flash floods in the Sicamous area, generally high water, and high stream flows in the region.
Other than a power outage at the PREOC, which the UPS and back up generator took care of flawlessly and a short visit from our premier and two local MLAs the activation was rather uneventful.
The following PRECS volunteers participated in the activation. VE7s EFL, EHE, TGV, RY, WWW and VA7s AIR and SPA.
BC Hydro has an interesting page on what to do in various emergencies. It won’t take long to read and has many good tips. This information could be valuable to ARES members as they assist in times of crisis.
Now is a busy time of the year for some. The BC River Forecast Centre continues to issue high stream, high flow and flood warnings. This is the start of the run off season. Some radio rooms have been activated. There have already been evacuations and flooding in some areas while sandbagging continues in other portions of the Province. With high snow packs this concern will not end soon.
It might be a good time to review your family emergency plan. Have you checked your grab and go kit lately? Be prepared, and have a plan. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
The CECA monthly meeting will be held April 26th,2012 at 1900 hrs
atThe Nanaimo EOC #1 Firehall on Fitzwilliam Street. Due to the
location this meeting is not open to the public.
EMBC has gone out of its way to thank those involved with the British Columbia Public Service Lifeline.Volunteers. These are the folks who volunteer their time and efforts to make British Columbia a better place to live. Thank you EMBC.
– Two new special event stations for WARD.*
Two new special event stations join the celebration of the World
Amateur Radio Day and the 87th Anniversary of IARU.
P487IARU by the Aruba Amateur Radio Club. They will be active starting
today until the end on the month. QSL information on QRZ.com
SK87WARD by the Föreningen Sveriges Sändareamatörer. They will be
active on the HF bands (CW SSB and PSK31) from 00z to 24z only on
April 18th. QSL via buro or SM6JSM; probably also LoTW.
This stations join other stations previously reported and some of them
are on the air as you read this note:
6H6IARU, 3G87IARU, LZ1WARD, EL2RL, HB9WARD, HF87WARD, CR6IARU and KP4FD
Joaquín Solana, XE1R
News Editor – IARU R2
Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ
RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor
April 18th 2012 is World Amateur Radio Day. Today is the 87th Anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union. To learn more and see a list of stations participating go to http://www.arrl.org/news/april-18-is-world-amateur-radio-day
Emergency Management BC has created a youtube video on how their social media team will get the message out in times of crisis. In edition it shows their public education plan.
Did you know there is a group of RAC members who meet weekly to develop and improve the ARES program. These members are from across the country and their purpose is to develop a training program and standards that can be adopted nation wide . All this in an effort to enhance the ARES program. This is yet another example of RAC members doing their part to enhance amateur radio in Canada.
In response to the Congressional directive to prepare a study to assess Amateur Radio’s role in emergency and disaster communications and the impact of private land use regulations on the amateur community’s ability to provide such communications, the FCC issued DA 12-523 soliciting comments from the public. The period for public comment runs until May 17, 2012.
For the full article go to http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-seeks-public-comments-on-emergency-communications-by-amateur-radio-and-impediments-to-amateur-ra