Several members of NCRC supported a Medical Emergency Distribution System – Points of Dispensing (MEDS-POD) exercise for the town of Portsmouth on April 19th. Members involved were Chuck N1CKT, Brian N1TBT, Paul N1PSX, and John WA1ABI.
The purpose of the exercise is to train volunteers that would be utilized if there were a medical emergency requiring the rapid distribution of medications like vaccinations quickly to a large population (10,000 residents in the Portsmouth case). The NCRC members were there to cover the communications required to coordinate such a large event.
Copies of the Newport Daily News covering the exercise are included below
We are very fortunate to have the National Weather Service offer their SKYWARN training in the East Bay area. Not only is the topic of weather spotting fascinating, but the information that is gathered on the ground is critical for validating forecasting models and can have an impact on the ability of our towns to recover some of their expenses incurred as a result of a major weather event. Having trained SKYWARN spotters that are also hams is an extra bonus, as we can get the ground reports to the NWS via Amateur Radio when other means are inoperable.
The Newport Daily News had an article a couple of days ago concerning SKYWARN. See page 1 here, page 2 here
The SKYWARN training is free, and takes about 2.5 hours. But you must register as space is limited. Details are below:
Saturday May 12th, 2018 – 1000 AM-1230 PM:
Middletown Fire Department – Community Room
239 Wyatt Road
Taught by: Amateur Radio Coordinator
Registration Required via the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skywarn-training-class-middletown-ri-tickets-44373833330
You might enjoy this recent NBC Left Field video about Hawaii, Ham Radio and Emergency comms. Might warm your heart too.
There is an exercise between MARS and Amateur Radio Stations that is being held this Sunday, November 8th. Beginning about 8 AM local time and continuing through about 11 AM on the KA1RCI network, MARS stations that are also hams will ask for county status reports from hams. Please note these are ACTUAL conditions, not simulated:
“The requests from MARS amateur radio operators will be for the status of power, water, sanitation, medical facilities, communications and transportation. Amateur operators are to respond to the best of their knowledge, and it is perfectly acceptable to say “I don’t know”. MARS amateur operators may thus talk with several amateur radio operators to try to develop a fuller picture of that county’s status. Again, amateur stations should report only actual conditions.”
The purpose of the exercise is demonstrate the MARS operator’s capability to develop a situation picture for their area of responsibility.
Last night marked the half-way point for the NCRC’s Technician Class in Foster RI. The students, about 25 of them, are VERY engaged and doing well.
Our educational outreach will generate a bunch of new hams, mostly in the West Bay area when the exam is held on October 27th.