ARES of Champaign County Bulletin
August 8, 2007
It's been a busier than usual summer and I wasn't able to get the ARES Bulletin out in June or July.
Heather Schlesser, KC9DEQ, provided CPR training to 17 ARES members
at the June 6 meeting. She followed that with basic first aid
training at the July 11 meeting (meeting was a week later because of
the 4th of July). A big thank you goes to Heather for offering to
provide this valuable training.
A number of ARES members operated at the Field Day site at Ford-Harris
Park the last weekend in June. Mike Haydon, KF8ZN, is in the
process of gathering photos and we to get them up on the web site in
the near future.
The August meeting of ARES of Champaign County was held Wednesday,
August 1, 2007 at the Fire Service Institute. Here are important
notes from that meeting and other news.
N9XDC, WB9HFK, K9SI, KC9HXY, W9EML, W9DML, K9LMM, N9DN, KC9IHX, K9MLT, KC9HND, KF8ZN, AB9FJ; Guests KD5GPR, KB9AZA (15)
VERMILION COUNTY GUESTS
James Kiser, KB9AZA, the Ec for Vermilion COunty, and Kathy
Tucjer, KD5GPR, attended our August meeting. Jim was recently appointed
EC for Vermilion County and they are currently investigating their
options regarding becoming incorporated as a non-profit.
Debbie Fligor, N9DN, recently attended at week-long "hands-on"
course for the Incident Command System in conjunction with her job with
the University of Illinois. At our August meeting she gave a
presentation on the ICS forms we are likely to encounter should we be
activated for an incident.
Debbie, N9DN, has proposed a simple "digital drill" for later this
month. It is tentatively scheduled for August 26, and details
will be provided closer to the date.
FOCUS ON PREPAREDNESS
September is National Preparedness Month. This nationwide
effort is to encourage individuals and families to take simple steps to
prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. Free
preparedness resources can be found at <http://www.ready.gov>.
Dennis Dura, K2DCD, has joined the ARRL Headquarters staff as Emergency Preparedness and Response
Manager. Dura's major responsibilities include addressing the
development and implementation of an organizational disaster response
plan as well as a continuity operations plan, complete with supporting
training. Integral to these plans are the recommendations of the
National Emergency Response Planning Committee (NERPC) report. Dura
also will play an integral part in the management of ARES, and in
future negotiations with served agencies with whom ARRL shares or
creates Memoranda of Understanding. He brings 26 years of experience in
the emergency management field to the position.
The September issue of QST Magazine will be the first Emergency
Communications special issue published by the ARRL. Watch for it in
your mailbox in the near future.
The weekly ARES net is held each Tuesday, 9:00 p.m., on the 444.100
repeater, CTSS 162.2. The ARES 2m Simplex net is held on 146.550
immediately following the 440 net . Net control stations for the
next month are posted in the Nets section of the web site, www.wa9res.org.
The next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, September 5, at 7:00 p.m.