Sunday, December 18, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Christmas Party. From left to right, the are Dale N5VX (instructor), Carole W5ORN, Ron AF5AS, Brian KF5BII, and James AB5FS (instructor)
If you have photos to share, please email them to any of the Public Information Officers in the Section. See http://arrlok.blogspot.com for more information.
Friday, October 7, 2011
The COMET Program is pleased to announce the publication of the fourth and final module in the Volcanic Ash series - Observation Tools and Dispersion Models. This module presents tools and techniques used for identifying and forecasting the transport of volcanic ash and can be completed within an hour.
Information is presented with interactions and review questions, and the module offers a companion print version. The intended audience for the module include forecasters, aviation forecasters, emergency managers, and others interested in the topic of volcanic ash. Please follow this link to start the module: http://www.meted.ucar.edu/volcanic_ash/tools
NOTE TO NWS and other NOAA EMPLOYEES: This module is available in the Commerce Learning Center @ National Weather Service (https://doc.learn.com/noaa/nws). Please access it in that system in order to get credit.
This module and the three previously released volcanic ash modules (Volcanic Ash: Introduction, Volcanic Ash: Volcanism, Volcanic Ash: Impacts to Aviation, Climate, Maritime Operations, and Society) have been combined to form the Volcanic Ash Science, Impacts and Forecasting Course. This course is available through the MetEd site at http://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_course.php?id=25. This course is also represented in the Commerce Learning Center @ National Weather Service as a development plan.
We welcome any comments or questions you may have regarding the content, instructional approach, or use of these training materials. Please e-mail your comments or questions to Elizabeth Page (firstname.lastname@example.org), Tsvet Ross-Lazarov (email@example.com), or Greg Byrd (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Saturday, September 10, 2011
NEMA is the association of professionals dedicated to enhancing public safety by improving the nation's ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from all emergencies, disasters, and threats to our security. NEMA is an affiliate organization of The Council of State Governments, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Now that things have quieted down a bit in Oklahoma, I wanted to take
the opportunity to thank each of the responders accross the state,
(Troopers, Police, Volunteer and Professional Fire, EMS, EMs, and any
other) that participated in the Eastern Oklahoma City/County Fire last
week. Watching it first hand, I have to say that each of you did an
incredible and amazing job in each of your roles...whether it was
traffic control, evacuation, emergency medical service, resource
management, or fire suppression. I am extremely proud of the quality
of the service you provided. Personally, I thought it was ashame that
the so much of the news focused on the losses and very little on the
hundreds of homes and lives saved by your aggressive and heroic
efforts. I guess that doesn't make for as good a story. Anyway...
Thanks for your tremendous help...I am proud to serve along side such
The National Fire Academy course Command and
Control of Wildland Urban Interface Fire Operations for the Structural
Chief Officer is two day course will be held at the Norman Fire
Department on November 3 and 4. There is no cost to the course.
This is a valuable course for any FD officers who may be in a command
role during a wildland fire where structures are at risk. Space is
limited and registration is taken in order received.
OKOHS NIMS Compliance
Monday, July 4, 2011
by operating 100% continuously on all international amateur radio
shortwave bands simultaneously 24/7/365 for 4 years straight.
Relying on HF (High Frequency) ionospheric communications, all radio
stations in this worldwide system scan the ham bands every 10 seconds,
rapidly maintaining contact through short digital bursts of signals
using a system known as ALE (Automatic Link Establishment). With about
2000 registered operators, the HFN covers a vast area of the planet.
HFN International Coordinator Bonnie Crystal KQ6XA comments, "The ALE
network was founded to foster HF Interoperability between all types of
organizations, agencies, individual ham operators and nets. While its
main focus is on international EMCOMM, this far-reaching service has
ample capacity for radio operators everywhere to use for ordinary
calling and QSOs... including some DXing. The huge success of this
network, during such low solar cycle conditions, has shown the true
strength of ALE to find and use unpredictable HF band openings that we
see all the time."
ALE was originally an expensive system for government services, but
recent innovations in digital technology have brought the cost way
down. The first organized amateur radio ALE nets began in 2001,
corresponding with the release of the free PC-ALE software controller
for ham radios. Several years of development by the 4000-member HFLINK
organization adapted ALE to be a ham-friendly, interference-free
system. In 2007, the internet- connected HFN network went into full
scale 24-hour service. HFN rapidly expanded to cover large areas of
the earth, and it has become the prime framework for ham radio
operations using the global standard ALE system. In keeping with its
roots, ham radio ALE still maintains compatibility and
interoperability with goverment ALE radios, many of which are also
available now on the surplus market and being used by hams. Nearly
every major HF SSB radio manufacturer in the world is now marketing an
HFN Network Manager, Alan Barrow KM4BA, said "The recent addition of
real-time maps of network connectivity HF paths, combined with
features such as ALE-integrated WINMOR/WINLINK, provides a versatile
platform for fast and reliable interoperable communications. The
website HFLINK.NET has literally been turned into a virtual
communications center at the fingertips of every ham."
All ham operators are encouraged to participate in ALE, especially
during ALE On The Air Week (AOTAW) from 5 to 15 August 2011, to
practice techniques and emergency preparedness. All modes of operation
will be used in AOTAW, including SSB (Single Sideband) voice
communications, digital modes, HF relay, HF email, and mobile texting
messages in the field. Info and free ALE software is available for ham
rigs at http://hflink.com
To follow the operations of the Global ALE High Frequency Network,
please see the HFLINK.NET website. Data activity is primarily on the
following frequencies (kHz) Upper Sideband: 3596, 7102, 10145.5,
14109, 18106, 21096, 24926, and 28146. Selective calling SSB Voice
activity is on Upper Sideband frequencies: 3791, 3996, 7185.5, 7296,
14346, 18117.5, 21332.5, 24932, and 28312.5 kHz.
Global ALE High Frequency Network (HFN) is an international ham radio
service organization of volunteer operators in various countries of
the world, dedicated to interoperability and emergency/relief
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
MCIM New Orleans Conference: "An In-Depth Dialogue on "Altered"/"Crisis" Standards of Care & Surge Capacity"
July 12th and 13th, 2011, Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, New Orleans, LA
MCIM New Orleans Conference: "An In-Depth Dialogue on "Altered"/"Crisis" Standards of Care & Surge Capacity" will bring together an influential gathering of medical and public health leaders at the federal, state, regional, community, and health systems levels to discuss how to plan and support surge capacity in healthcare systems and develop "crisis" standards of care to meet mass casualty needs during all-hazard and hazard-specific emergencies.
At this two-day conference and workshop, cutting-edge leaders from both public and private will give the audience an in- depth look at the critical issues in developing "crisis" standards of care as well as present new ideas on how to evaluate and enhance surge capacity in a mass casualty incident. This program is an open forum with facilitated discussions that will allow the collaboration and sharing of best practices and challenges needed to better prepare for a mass casualty event.
There are still seats available for this program.
Conference Only Registration Cost:
Small Business, $545
Large Business (100+ Employees), $595
Please go to http://www.masscasualtyconference.com/New%20Orleans%20Registration.html to register
Conference with Surge Capacity Workshop Registration Cost:
Small Business, $945
Large Business (100+ Employees), $995
Please go to http://www.masscasualtyconference.com/New%20Orleans%20Registration+Workshop.html to register
We have discounted rates for IAEM members, LSU affiliates, Boston University affiliates, and American Military University affiliates. Please call us at 571-312-4063 or email us at email@example.com to get the discount codes for these organizations. If you are not affiliated with these organizations and still need help with the cost of attending the program, please feel free to contact us also. We will do our best to help you. FYI, some of our attendees have used the HPP and UASI grants to pay for their participation.
The conference will be held on July 12th for the full day ending with a networking reception from 4:45PM to 6:00PM. The conference will end at 2:00PM on July 13th with the Surge Capacity Workshop to run from 2:00PM to 5:00PM. Please go to http://www.masscasualtyconference.com/New%20Orleans%20Agenda.html to see the full agenda. For more information on the workshop, please go to http://www.masscasualtyconference.com/workshop.html.
Sample of Confirmed Speakers:
Anna Pou, M.D., Program Director, Resident Education Member, LSU Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center
Jimmy Guidry M.D., State Health Officer/DHH Medical Director, State of Louisiana
Juzar Ali, M.D., Medical Director, LSU Interim Public Hospital
Jeff Elder, M.D., Director/Medical Director, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services
Len Singer, M.D., FACS, Medical Director, Masters in Healthcare Emergency Management, Boston University School of Medicine
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel. To make your reservation, please call the hotel directly at (888) 696-4806. In order to ensure the discounted rate, you must make your reservations early and ask for the MCIM Meeting Group Rate. The incredibly low rate we have secured is $98. Please go to http://www.masscasualtyconference.com/NewOrleans%20location.html to get the full detail on the location and hotel.
Time Mode Days
------------------- ---- ---------
1400 UTC (9 AM EST) CWs Wed, Fri
1400 UTC (9 AM EST) CWf Tue, Thu
Daily Visitor Operating Hours:
1500 UTC to 1700 UTC - (10 AM to 12 PM EST)
1800 UTC to 2045 UTC - (1 PM to 3:45 PM EST)
(Station closed 1700 to 1800 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM EST))
2100 UTC (4 PM EST) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
2100 " " CWs Tue, Thu
2200 " (5 PM EST) CWb Daily
2300 " (6 PM EST) RTTY Daily
0000 " (7 PM EST) CWs Mon, Wed, Fri
0000 " " CWf Tue, Thu
0100 " (8 PM EST) CWb Daily
0200 " (9 PM EST) RTTY Daily
0245 " (9:45 PM EST) VOICE Daily
0300 " (10 PM EST) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
0300 " " CWs Tue, Thu
0400 " (11 PM EST) CWb Daily
CW: 1.8175 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 147.555
RTTY: - 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 147.555
VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 147.555
CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM
CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM
CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW
RTTY = Teleprinter Bulletins = BAUDOT (45.45 baud) and AMTOR-FEC
(100 Baud). ASCII (110 Baud) is sent only as time allows.
Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is
given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of
On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2330 UTC (6:30 PM EST), Keplerian Elements
for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular teleprinter
A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between
0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Thursdays and 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Fridays.
In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as
follows: Voice on the hour, Teleprinter at 15 minutes past the hour,
and CW on the half hour.
All licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1500 UTC to 1700
UTC (10 AM to 12 PM EST), and then from 1800 UTC to 2045 UTC (1 PM
to 3:45 PM EST) Monday through Friday. Be sure to bring your
current FCC amateur radio license or a photocopy.
The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 100 in the
November 2008 issue of QST or on the web at,
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs,
EC-016 (Note: EC-100, ICS-100, ICS-200, & ICS-700 are a prerequisites for this course)
From FEMA - National Incident Management System
IS-100.b - Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
IS-200.b - ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-700.a NIMS An Introduction
IS-800.B National Response Framework, An Introduction
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
> The FEMA Private Sector Division is enclosing �some resources that you may view and share with your employees.
> The National Disaster Recovery Program Database - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created a web-based tool, known as the National Disaster Recovery Program Database (NDRPD), which will provide data on a range of programs from all levels of government along with the private and non-profit sectors to help communities rebuild after a disaster. �If your organization offers programs that can help communities recover and rebuild after a disaster and you would like for those programs to be listed in the online National Disaster Recovery Program Database, or would like to be granted rights to enter and manage your programs information on the site, please contact ND...@dhs.gov. �The database is available on the publicly accessible FEMA National Disaster Housing Strategy Resource Center Web site athttp://ping.fm/Xsg3y
> ShakeOut - The 2011 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is an earthquake drill that will take place on April 28, 2011 at 10:15 a.m. �in the following states: AL, AK, GA, IL, IN*, KY, MO, MS, SC and TN (Indiana will ShakeOut on April 19th at 10:15 am). Registration can be found here. �More than 6.9 million Californians participated in 2009's Great California ShakeOut, practicing Drop, Cover, and Hold On and other aspects of family, school, and organizational emergency plans. The ShakeOut is now spreading to other areas, including the Central U.S., Nevada, Oregon, and British Columbia. �Click here to find more ways that your organization or business can get involved.
> NLE 11 Participant Options � We continue to add information to our public web NLE 2011 Web Site, and have included a very thorough Private Sector Participant Guide . �Perhaps the most striking opportunity within this guide are the five participant options. �Please review the guide carefully and submit the Participant Registration form (p. 11) as follows:
> 1. Full Engagement�Planner and Player
> 2. Full Engagement�Simcell
> 3. Leadership Discussion Testbed
> To register or obtain additional information regarding these options, email Private.Sector...@dhs.gov.
> 4. Self Directed�Downloadable Tabletop Exercise (TTX)
> To register or obtain additional information regarding this option, email FEMA-Private-Sec...@dhs.gov.
> 5. Virtual Engagement
> To register or obtain additional information regarding this option, email N...@dhs.gov
> FEMA Map http://ping.fm/WHLwF�
> FEMA Private Sector Division
Monday, March 28, 2011
are in the forecast. This is not going to be a Drought Buster.
From our friends at the National Weather Service:
Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 52. East southeast wind around 11 mph.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Increasing
clouds, with a low around 43. East northeast wind between 9 and 16
mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Tuesday: A slight chance of showers. Cloudy, then gradually becoming
mostly sunny, with a high near 61. North wind around 17 mph, with
gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Now, given that the high today is in the low 50s, the chances of
severe weather are low. That's not to say a stray thunderstorm won't
have lightning. If the streets are wet, you can still lose control of
Firefighters, please know that there is a wind shift associated with
this event that will occur in the overnight hours, around 9 p.m.
tonight. Winds are forecast to increase, gusting to 20, and winds
continue from the north Tuesday in the teens.
This is the SW Area Conference week. Jerry Gibson and I will be
attending. If you need anything, please free free to call our cells.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
in the sequel to my book Facebook Fairytales and also for a TV
show based on the book. Please send short descriptions (no more
than two short paragraphs). Stories must be truly amazing: love,
family reunions, life-saving stories. Please email them to me
DIRECTLY at: firstname.lastname@example.org" http://ping.fm/64FRC
Friday, March 18, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Earthquake Online via Mashable! by Meghan Peters on 3/11/11
Social media and the web have become the go-to for real-time
information when disasters strike.
It’s no surprise that the news of Friday’s 8.9-magnitude earthquake in
Japan spread rapidly on Twitter, while live video feeds and blogs kept
With unreliable cellphone service, social media is the only form of
communication consistently available to people in Japan, says Brian
Gillespie of Texas. He has reached out to friends in Japan through
Twitter and Facebook. Mixi, Japan’s largest social networking site, has
also been used to located loved ones, he says.
Like Gillespie’s friends, many in Japan are updating us on the
country’s status via the Internet. In addition, thousands of reporters
and citizen journalists worldwide are distributing their knowledge of
the situation on homepages and social streams.
Now, hours after the initial quake, information about the earthquake
and tsunami abound. Here’s a list of some of the best Japan earthquake
resources online, as suggested by our readers.
What tools are you using to track the crisis? Let us know in the
comments which ones we’ve missed.
Hashtags #Japan, #JPQuake, #JapanQuake, #PrayForJapan, #Tsunami
and #TsunamiCharity; real-time Tweet map; Save Japan (updates in
Japanese); and the UN’s Must-Follow Twitterers
- Facebook: Japan Earthquake page and Solidarity With the Victims of
the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan 2011 page
- YouTube: Japan Tsunami and CitizenTube videos
- Flickr: Japan Earthquake photos and blog post
- Reddit: IAmA SurvivorLive Video and Blogs
- CNN: Live Blog
- BBC: Live Coverage
- NHK: Japan Live
- Al Jazeera: Japan LiveOther Resources
- Google: Crisis Response and Japan Person Finder (Mashable‘s coverage
of these tools)
- RSS: Japan Earthquake feed
- Internet Radio: Tsunami news in your toolbar
- Interactive Map: Japan Earthquake
- Other Resource Lists: TV News Radio and SreeTips
Image courtesy of MapLarge.com
More About: breaking news, facebook, flickr, japan earthquake, media,
News, social media, tsunami, twitter, youtube
For more Social Media coverage:
- Follow Mashable Social Media on Twitter
- Become a Fan on Facebook
- Subscribe to the Social Media channel
- Download our free apps for Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad
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- Get started using Google Reader to easily keep up with all your
Thursday, March 10, 2011
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Sent to you by KC5FM via Google Reader: Westboro Baptist Church Wins
Supreme Court Appeal Over Funeral Protests via The Huffington Post |
Full News Feed by The Huffington Post News Editors on 3/2/11
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment
protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting,
anti-gay protests outside military funerals.
The court voted 8-1 Wednesday in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church
of Topeka, Kan. The decision upheld an appeals court ruling that threw
out a $5 million judgment to the father of a dead Marine who sued
church members after they picketed his son's funeral.
More on Supreme Court
Things you can do from here:
- Subscribe to The Huffington Post | Full News Feed using Google Reader
- Get started using Google Reader to easily keep up with all your
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Writing a release for a website article or other Internet news?
Read it in under 2 minutes at most
250 words long is MAX
65-70 characters is max for headline
Get to the point, stay on the point
5th grade reading level
Keep an average < 1.7 syllable words for whole article (Dan Zarella
study of re-Tweeted info)
For Twitter - don't forget a good hashtag
Always include a hyperlink
I would add that, for Twitter, 140 characters is going to be it,
unless you use a service like ping.fm ... and speaking of #Hashtags
... hope you will follow #SMEM ... social media for Emergency
Management ... and especially Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, follow
#NSWW for the National Severe Weather Workshop.
Sent to you by KC5FM via Google Reader: Jane Russell, star of '40s
and '50s films, dies via NEWS 9 - News on 2/28/11
She was the voluptuous pin-up girl who set a million male hearts to
pounding during World War II, the favorite movie star of a generation
of young men long before she'd made a movie more than a handful of them
Things you can do from here:
- Subscribe to NEWS 9 - News using Google Reader
- Get started using Google Reader to easily keep up with all your
Saturday, February 26, 2011
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The Boy Scouts of America and the American Radio Relay League Team Up to
Help Scouts Learn Radio Communications Skills *The two organizations
celebrate a long history of working together *
*(IRVING, Texas, and NEWINGTON, Connecticut—February 15, 2011)—*After
working together for nearly a century to provide Scouts with the ability to
learn radio communication skills, the Boy Scouts of America and the American
Radio Relay League (ARRL)—the nationa l association for amateur radio—have
officially teamed up after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU). This
MOU designates the ARRL as a key resource for the BSA’s radio station,
K2BSA, and Radio merit badge training at the BSA national Scout jamboree,
and establishes the ARRL as the go-to source for Scouts interested in
learning about and becoming involved in radio communication.
BSA Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca and ARRL President Kay Craigie
launched the alliance today by holding a signing ceremony that took place at
separate locations. During the ceremony, Mazzuca and Craigie took the
opportunity to talk about the importance of each organization to the ongoing
development of the other.
“Throughout the years, going all the way back to the Wireless merit badge in
1918, the ARRL has worked hand-in-hand with Boy Scouts of America to help
teach Scouts the skills and joys of radio communication,” Mazzuca said.
“Today, we are making official a relationship that has been beneficial for
both of our organizations for nearly a century.”
The BSA, by virtue of its active membership and its outdoor program,
represents a significant source of potential new radio operators looking to
utilize amateur radio for emergency communications while in the field, as
well as for education, experimentation, and friendship. As part of this
strategic alliance, the BSA will encourage Scouts and Scouters to become
familiar with opportunities for public and community service, learning, and
personal growth through involvement in amateur radio.
“We’re excited by the opportunity to make official a relationship that has
existed informally for many years,” Craigie said. “Scouts and Scouters have
been some of the strongest proponents and practitioners of radio
communication, and we know they will continue to help foster a love and
understanding for the essential nature of radio communication for
generations to come.”
The BSA established the strategic alliance with the ARRL because the mission
of the ARRL is complementary to the mission and goals of the BSA.
Specifically, the ARRL is organized for the establishment of networks to
provide communications in the event of disasters or other emergencies; the
advancement of the radio art and of the public welfare; the fostering of
education; the promotion and conduct of research and development; the
dissemination of technical, educational, and scientific information relating
to electronic communication; the representation of radio amateurs in
regulatory matters; and the promotion of fraternalism and high standards of
conduct among radio amateurs.
In addition to its national Scout jamboree involvement, the ARRL will
continue to promote participation in the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air event.
The ARRL will serve as contri buting editor to the Radio merit badge
pamphlet, and will assist with the review, creation, and modification of
requirements as necessary and in the development of course materials, lesson
plans, and other resources for teaching the Radio merit badge to Scouts. The
ARRL also will contribute to the content of the Electricity, Electronics,
Emergency Preparedness, and Communications merit badge pamphlets. To view
the video of the signing, please visit
*About the American Radio Relay League** *
The ARRL is a non‐commercial membership association of radio amateurs,
organized for the promotion of interest in amateur radio communication and
experimentation. The ARRL is the principal representative o f the Amateur
Service and Amateur Satellite Services in the United States, and is the
Secretariat for the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), the worldwide
federation of national amateur radio societies. The ARRL is organized for
the establishment of networks to provide communications in the event of
disasters or other emergencies; the advancement of the radio art and of the
public welfare; the fostering of education; the promotion and conduct of
research and development; and the dissemination of technical, educational,
and scientific information relating to electronic communication, the
representation of radio amateurs in regulatory matters, and the promotion of
fraternalism and high standards of conduct among radio amateurs. It serves
its members by protecting and enhancing radio spectrum access and providing
a national resource to the public. http://ping.fm/VMLu4 [image:
*About the Boy Scouts of America *
The Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life by providing the
nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based
leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million
youth members between the ages of 7 and 21, and more than a million
volunteers, in nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and
its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please