Whenever there is an event the media is there with their reporters standing out in the weather relating the “story.” ARES is there too providing communication and other assistance. This is the response phase. After the event is over the media moves on to the next crisis, but those involved in the event may have much left to clean up. This is the recovery. For a short three minute video on the Sandy Recovery in NJ go to the website below. We must always remember that the recovery can be just as important as the response.
This is an interesting article and occurs two years of the Christchurch NZ earthquake. The article compares Seattle and Christchurch. The comparisons are even closer when you look at Victoria BC. Remember, it is difficult to prepare AFTER the event has occurred.
The article below brings up several good points in emergency planning. We all know that what actually happens during an event does not always exactly follow the plan. The plan often provides a guideline.. Planning is important and this article provides some insight into the planning process.
313 Year Anniversary of Cascadia Fault Earthquake and Tsunami Observed
SEATTLE — January 26, 1700 is when an estimated magnitude 9.0 megathrust earthquake and tsunami occurred on the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the coastline of Washington, Oregon, Northern California, and British Columbia Continue reading “WHY WE NEED TO PREPARE – A LITTLE HISTORY”
The BC Distracted Diver Legislation was very kind to amateur radio operators in that we were given a permanent exemption from this legislation. HOWEVER to be exempt you must have a fixed mobile unit in your vehicle. Hand held radios even if connected to an external antenna ARE NOT EXEMPT. In other words you can get a ticket if you are found to be using your handheld while driving.
The Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio will hold their annual Winter Field Day Contest on January 26/27 2013. The purpose of this event is to encourage Emergency Preparedness in the Winter.
For contest details go to http://www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=11942
For the SPAR home page go to http://www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=11942
Do you need help putting a grab and go kit together? Emergency Management British Columbia has some information that will help. Keep in mind to be effective your kit needs to contain personal information so you will need to protect it. For suggestions go to
The website below lists the National HF Emergency Frequencies
Do you know the difference between a Tsunami Warning, a Tsunai Watch and a Tsunami Advisory? There are critical differences between these levels of warnings. The response level varies for each category. To learn the definitions of each go to
Below is the RAC Bulletin on the changes to the Contraventions Act. It may be a good idea to carry a copy of your amateur certificate of proficiency with you. Remember in BC if you have ham plates on a motor vehicle you must be a licenced ham and you may need to prove it. Check your vehicle registration for the requirements
RAC Bulletin 2012-072E – Regulations Amending the Contraventions Regulations
There has been an announcement in the Canada Gazette as to changes in the Contraventions regulations concerning the enforcement of the Radiocommunication Regulations.
These changes will allow peace officers including Municipal, Provincial and RCMP police officers to issue tickets for certain offences under the Radiocommunication Regulations.
The changes may be seen at:
Radio Amateurs of Canada is the national voice for Amateur Radio in Canada. Our efforts not only promote the Amateur Radio Service but protect it from regulatory interference that may lead to less capability to provide emergency communications. Not already a RAC member? Why not join today at www.rac.ca and find out about the many benefits our members enjoy across the country and the world beyond.
Bill Gade, VE4WO