Category: Emergency

Maritime Mobile Service Net Relays Distress Call; Crew and Vessel Safe

The Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) recently served as a critical communication link after the sport fishing vessel Free Spirit put out a “mayday” distress call on VHF marine channel 16 after running into trouble in Mexican waters. Brian Stipak, KF7QCX — skipper of the sailing vessel Ubiquity — heard the May 13 mayday, which […]

Suquamish Tribe Hosts Regional Tribal Emergency Preparedness Conference

The Suquamish Tribe hosted the 14th annual Regional Joint Tribal Emergency Preparedness Conference May 1-3 at the Port Madison Indian Reservation at Agate Pass on Puget Sound, Washington. Radio amateurs from Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona contributed to the success of this conference. The event was sponsored by the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council (NWTEMC). […]

FBI Part Of Investigation Into Dallas Outdoor Warning Siren System (Texas)

City of Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax wants residents to know there won’t be a repeat of this weekend’s siren debacle. “I am confident the fixes we put in place this weekend ensure we will not be compromised again,” he said Monday morning in reference to steps to protect the city’s Emergency Alert Outdoor Warning […]

Radio Amateurs Supporting Colombia Landslide Disaster Relief and Recovery Effort

A disastrous landslide in Colombia overnight on March 31-April 1 has left more than 230 dead and devastated the town of Mocoa. Many others are injured or missing, and search crews are scrambling to find survivors in the rubble. An emergency Amateur Radio network now is active on 40 meters (7.093-7.095 MHz, to support the […]

FCC probing AT&T Wednesday night 911 outage

The Federal Communications Commission says it is investigating why AT&T cellphone customers were unable to call 911 in several states on Wednesday night. Law enforcement and government agencies in Texas, Florida, Tennessee and other states reported the problem and provided alternate numbers for people to call during emergencies. AT&T later on Wednesday evening said that […]

ARES Volunteers Support Evacuation, Shelters, in Wake of Oroville Dam Crisis

[UPDATE: 2017-02-14 @ 2312: Authorities have now lifted a mandatory evacuation order issued over the weekend to residents who could have been affected by catastrophic flooding from failure of the Oroville Dam emergency spillway. Residents may now return to their homes but have been advised to remain vigilant, should the situation again become critical. The […]

Nevada ARES Standing Down as Flood Threat Abates

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers and emergency operations centers (EOCs) in Nevada are now standing down as the threat of additional widespread flooding damage diminishes. Over the weekend, ARES members in Nevada stood ready to support the disaster response effort. Recent heavy rainfall, sparked by a weather system called the Pineapple Express, caused flooding […]

FEMA Region 10 to Conduct Monthly Interoperability Communications Exercises during 2017

FEMA Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) will conduct interoperability communications exercises (COMMEX) during 2017 on the third Wednesday of each month, 1500-2100 UTC. The initial exercise will take place on January 18. “The intent of this COMMEX is to test and exercise interoperable communications (federal/state/local/tribal/amateur) during a major disaster, where communications infrastructure would […]

Philippines’ Ham Emergency Radio Operations Net Activates for Super Typhoon

Super Typhoon Nock-Ten (locally “Nina”) interrupted Christmas for radio amateurs in the Philippines, who responded to provide communication for the disaster. The category 4 storm claimed six lives, and more than 380,000 residents were evacuated as the storm cut a path through the Philippines. Warnings were posted for flooding and mudslides. The slow-moving typhoon made […]

FEMA to Conduct Interoperability Exercise Using 60 Meters

FEMA Region X will conduct an interoperability communications exercise on December 21 that will use 60 meters. The “COMMEX” will consist of radio check-ins from authorized state, tribal, federal, and Amateur Radio stations to test HF interoperability in case of an emergency or disaster response. FEMA Region X is made up of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, […]

Woman HAM operator all set to swing into action with her team (India)

Following news that cyclone Vardah will cross south Andhra Pradesh coast, the weather department issued an alert to fishermen and the Nellore district administrations along the south coastal Andhra asked the Revenue, Panchayat Raj and Irrigation department officials to remain in the headquarters and prepare for contingency measures. Sadineni Yamini, a young entrepreneur from Guntur […]

Forget fake news, fake mayday calls are a real problem

An investigation has been launched into fake distress calls that have been plaguing U.S. Coast Guard officials who monitor the waters off the coast of Washington and Oregon, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. The manufactured calls for help have been documented over the last seven or eight months, and they are […]

Radio Amateurs Assisting in Wake of Indonesian Earthquake

Radio amateurs are providing emergency communication support during the response to a December 7 magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Indonesia’s Aceh Province. The death toll is reported at 100, with nearly 300 injured. The IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee’s Dani Hidayat, YB2TJV, reports that it took 2 hours for the ham radio group from the […]

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