- Posted September 14, 2013 by
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Ham Radio Operators Help with Local Flood Communications
Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator Emit Hurdelbrink, WØUAW, coordinated the Section Level response from the State Emergency Operations Center and provided status reports directly state emergency managers who were likewise coordinating the state response in support of local governments. The Colorado Office of Emergency Management is a Section Level served agency of Colorado ARES. Like the recent wild land fires, the flooding crosses multiple local districts, and at least three of the 9 state All Hazards Regions. Colorado ARES has developed mutual aid and response plans that allow for immediate coordination of large incidents while assuring local relationships are preserved. Following ICS principals the incident expands as needed. Local ECs regularly communicate their staffing needs and other conditions so that shortages can be anticipated and planning can be made through multiple operational periods.
Earlier this year the National Weather Service also became a Section Level served agency of Colorado ARES. ARES members act as storm spotters and net controls for the National Weather Service SKYWARN operations. Regular rain measurements and flooding conditions have been relayed to NWS since the start of the severe storm conditions. Once the rain stops, it is anticipated that ARES members will assist with damage assessment.
If you would like to know more about Amateur Radio and how you can get involved visit www.arrl.org or for more information on the Colorado Amateur Radio Emergency Service visit www.coloradoares.org. Remember, Ham Radio needs you!
(Photo Credits: 1) Colorado ARES District 10, 2) CNN.com | Press Release via Jack Ciaccia, ARRL Colorado Section Manager)