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09/24/2017 | ARRL

The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked the ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. ARC needs up to 50 radio amateurs who can help record, enter, and submit disaster-survivor information into the ARC Safe and Well system. In the nearly 75-year relationship between ARRL and ARC, this is the first time such a request for assistance on this scale has been made. ARRL now is looking for radio amateurs who can step up and volunteer to help our friends in Puerto Rico.

Requirements

  • There are very specific requirements and qualifications needed for this deployment.
  • Due to the nature of this deployment you will need to process in as ARC volunteers. This includes passing a background check. The ARC has indicated that it will cover all expenses for transportation, lodging, and feeding while on deployment. ARC will also provide liability coverage for volunteers. The only out-of-pocket expense to the volunteer would be personal items purchased during deployment.
  • ARRL and ARC will require training for volunteers being deployed. ARC will provide general deployment training and advanced training in working in austere environments. ARRL will provide to ARC training on Amateur Radio equipment and modes to be used, reporting guidelines, and operating guidelines.
  • Deployment will be for up to 3 weeks.

Qualifications

  • General class Amateur Radio license or higher
  • Familiarity with WinLink, HF voice, and VHF simplex communications
  • Strong technical skills
  • Ability to work under difficult conditions
  • Ability to deploy for up to 3 weeks
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Helpful Skills

  • Spanish language skills
  • Previous experience in disaster response
  • Previous or current work as a Red Cross volunteer
  • Previous experience with shelter operations

If you feel that you meet these qualifications and would like to be considered for this deployment, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U (860-594-0222), who will make the introduction of qualified volunteers to ARC.

2017 Fall Red Cross Shelter Training FLIER

Havana, Cuba During Storm

Branko Marcetic | September 5, 2017 | Jacobin

Cuba is a world leader in hurricane preparedness and recovery. What can we learn from the small island nation?

Along with the horrifying images of floating corpses, devastating flooding, and people trapped on makeshift islands, another indelible image has emerged from the Hurricane Harvey catastrophe. In the midst of disaster, locals began sharing pictures of hundreds of fire ants forming chain-linked rafts to float on water and protect their queen, eggs, and young.

This striking display of insect solidarity in the face of calamity seemed to contrast with the human response to Harvey, which, however valiant, appeared to remind us of the apparent futility of human resistance in the face of acts of God.

But what if I told you there was a country that has survived its last seventeen hurricanes with only thirty-five deaths? What if that country demonstrated exactly the kind of society-wide solidarity we envy the fire ants for? And what if that country had a GDP that was a fraction of the United States’?

There is such a country: Cuba.

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burned bicycle

Matt Lakin & Don Jacobs | August 10, 2017 | Knoxville News-Sentinel

Gatlinburg Wildfire Records Tell Story of Chaos, Confusion

Police officers, firefighters, rescue squad volunteers and dispatchers found themselves cut off from each other, trying to direct the battle against East Tennessee’s worst fire of the 21st century.

Everything failed in an instant.

Severed lines snuffed out power to the command center directing the emergency response to the deadly Gatlinburg wildfires the night of Nov. 28 and plunged firefighting and rescue efforts into darkness and chaos.

Sevier County began releasing records Wednesday documenting the confusion caused by the collapse of communications systems as fire swept into the city.

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In 2011 a tsunami engulfed Japan’s north-east coast. More than 18,000 people were killed. Six years later, in one community, survivors are still tormented by a catastrophic split-second decision.

The earthquake that struck Japan on Friday 11 March 2011 was the fourth most powerful in the history of seismology. It knocked the Earth six and a half inches off its axis; it moved Japan four metres closer to America. In the tsunami that followed, more than 18,000 people were killed. At its peak, the water was 40 metres high. Half a million people were driven out of their homes. Three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi power station melted down, spilling their radioactivity across the countryside, the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. The earthquake and tsunami caused more than $210bn of damage, making it the most costly natural disaster ever.

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