Operating Tips and Other Information:
Ham Demographics (2009) – Delvin/N7QMT
Winlink 2000 – Digital Messaging in the 21st Century (2009) – Gary/K7GJT
CCARC has new 2 and 220 Meter Repeaters (2008) – Wayne/AI9Q
Logbook of The World (LoTW) and me (2008) - Delvin/N7QMT
How Low Can You Go? (2008) – Don/NX7J
HF Mobile Frustrations (2008)– Don/NX7J
The Idiot Light on Your Radio (2008)– Don/NX7J
Life on 440 (2007) – Don/NX7J
CTCSS and other tone-related Acronyms (2007) – Don/NX7J
How Low Can You Go? (2007) – Don/NX7J
How does your HMI work? (2007) – Don/NX7J
Working VU7 in Dec 2006 – Carl/K9LA
PACKET Eulogy (2006) – Don/NX7J
What Part of the FCC Rules does ham Radio come under? (2006) – Dick/N6ZQ
How is your Audio (2006) – Don/NX7J
Two Meter Simplicity (2005) – Don/NX7J
Expose Yourself – Don/NX7J
If you See something… Say something
Remember, if you see something suspicious, please say something. If the suspicious activity is in-progress, or has evidence of a crime please report it to 9-1-1 immediately.
Ham Radio Operators wanting to report “Emergency” Situation information
To report emergencies that you observe that need immediate fire, police/sheriff or medical responder response, call 9-1-1.
Is it an Emergency or a Disaster?
An emergency is an urgent need for help that can be handled by the normal emergency response services. A call to 9-1-1 can get these services rolling.
A disaster is when normal emergency response services are overwhelmed. When that happens, County Emergency Managers can use our help in providing situation information observed by amateur radio operators in, and around, the effected area.
CRESA Recommended Information Feeds
Connect to receive online information:
CRESA Blog: One of the best ways to stay informed day-to-day is to receive emails from the CRESA Blog. Receive the CRESA Blog via email. Follow links at CRESA Main Page-Connect at www.cresa911.org.
FACEBOOK: Become a CRESA “Fan” on Facebook at www.facebook.com
TWITTER: Follow CRESA on Twitter. If you don’t have a “Twitter” account, go to www.twitter.com and establish one. Then ‘follow’ the following accounts on your favorite PC software or smartphone/tablet app:
@CRESA will connect you with emergency and disaster related information.
@CRESATALK will connect you with preparedness information.
FLASHALERT: Register to receive emergency information press releases and short emergency information from public safety agencies via email or pager at http://flashalert.net . This system is used by emergency services providers, schools, transportation, governments and healthcare facilities to easily ensure that their information gets to all of the news media providers at once. You can choose which agencies to follow and receive those same press alerts directly. You choose the specific agency and then, you input your email address. You can also choose whether to follow all news or just the emergency alerts from that agency.
ECNS is a Clark County targeted out-dial phone-based system which will send a very targeted message to a small radius in the event of 3 key messages (Evacuate, Shelter-in-Place, and Help Find a Missing Person).
Volunteer Programs in Clark County
CCARES/RACES: Clark County Amateur Radio Emergency Services/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (ARES/RACES) group is called upon to be used during a disaster when normal communications may be interrupted or overloaded. The ARES/RACES amateur radio volunteers step up to bridge the communication gap whenever their services are requested. They may be stationed at critical locations, such as a hospital, fire station, or mass care shelter. They relay important information between disaster response agencies or the Emergency Operations Center. Volunteers are required to pass an FCC test in order to obtain an amateur radio license. Active members meet monthly to share technical tips and discuss drills and exercises. Our local amateur radio group can be found on the web at http://www.ccareswa.org/. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
EYEWARN: The Clark County EYEWARN radio system is called upon to gather and provide to local emergency managers 'ground truth' reports for the county to have an accurate picture of what the situation actually is in an emergency or disaster. There is a weekly net for practice and training and simulated events are used to exercise the net. The EYEWARN net can self-activate when the situation warrants. The net is open to all amateur radio operators in the county. For more information, email email@example.com
CRESA: The Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) is the main emergency response agency for Clark County. The Emergency Operations Center, or "EOC", is a central location where local officials meet to coordinate their disaster response and recovery efforts. Police, fire, public works, and other emergency workers continue their work just the same, but the EOC provides them with the additional resources and information they need to protect the community. The EOC organizational structure is modeled after the Incident Command System, a predetermined organizational structure that is used by almost all public safety agencies, and that is now federally mandated to be used in disaster management.
CERT: In Clark County, Washington, "CERT" stands for Citizen Emergency Response Team. A Citizen Emergency Response Team is a volunteer team of ordinary citizens committed to disaster preparedness and response. They have gone beyond the level of personal preparedness recommended for all citizens. There are three agencies offering CERT classes; East County Fire and Rescue, Vancouver Fire Dept. and Clark County Fire District 6.
VIPS: The Vancouver Police Department Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program encourages motivated citizens to help VPD maximize existing resources, enhance public safety and service delivery, and provide new program opportunities. Volunteers bring skills, abilities, and resources to help VPD get its important work done effectively. The partnership between citizens and police supports our multi-faceted crime prevention and community policing efforts. For more information, email Kelly at Kelly.Cheney@cityofvancouver.us.
NOW: Citizens in the City of Vancouver that are interested in making their neighborhoods safer are encouraged to apply for the Vancouver Police Department's volunteer program called "Neighbors On Watch (NOW)." NOW accepts applications year round and holds training academies several times per year. All volunteer applicants must successfully pass a screening process which includes: criminal background investigation, fingerprints, interviews, and reference check.
MRC: Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources.
VMC: The Clark County Volunteer Mobilization Center (VMC) is a reception and referral center for community members who respond to an emergency or disaster. After a disaster or national emergency citizens are moved to action. Disaster response and recover organization may require additional volunteers. The VMC can facilitate the coordination of volunteers to meet the needs of response and recovery organizations through the registration and referral of spontaneous unaffiliated volunteers. Unassigned Amateur Radio operators that want to augment the CCARES group or perform other related communication services should report to the VMC for service.
ARC: The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas: 1) Disaster Relief, 2) Supporting America’s Military Families, 3) Lifesaving Blood, 4) Health and Safety Services and 5) International Services. There are many ways you can volunteer with us in your local community. Search now for opportunities to volunteer - we are always looking for people with various backgrounds, talents, and skill levels.
TIP: The Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) a national voluntary nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that those who are emotionally traumatized in emergency situations receive the assistance they need. To accomplish that goal, well-trained citizen volunteers are called to emergency scenes to assist family members, witnesses, and other bystanders who the emergency system often must leave behind.
Search and Rescue: When a search and rescue call comes into the 9-1-1 center, the Sheriff's Office may request activation of search and rescue (SAR) resources. The CRESA Duty Officer notifies the appropriate teams depending on the type of call. There are ground searchers, air-scenting and tracking/trailing dog teams, dive teams and Civil Air Patrol. SAR team members are trained to locate missing persons and to search for evidence in criminal investigations. Dive teams are also called out on possible drowning or other underwater emergency calls.