Welcome to Clatsop County, Oregon Aux Comm
Providing Amateur Radio Emergency and Public Service Communications Throughout Clatsop County, Oregon
New Local Area Net!
A CERT/MRC net will take place every Tuesday at 7:00pm on the Arch Cape repeater, 146.74
New EOC Frequency Matrix
Now available for members on Operations Documents page
Net Control Operators Needed!
Help with ARES NET on Monday evenings. It's an excellent opportunity to improve your radio skills.
Be Sure to Check the Activity Calendar for Upcoming Events!
ATTENTION AUX COMM VOLUNTEERS
Please remember to record your volunteer hours.
Before the Hurricane
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.
When You Lose All Communications During a Disaster — Then What?
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.
The School Beneath the Wave: the Unimaginable Tragedy of Japan’s Tsunami
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.
Fire Season Alert!
Local Ham Radio Operators Step up in Good Times and Bad
There are more than 725,000 licensed amateur radio operators in the United States.
by Rosalie Rayburn, Albuquerque Journal, N.M. / August 6, 2017
(TNS) - When wildfires, floods, tornadoes and terrorist events disrupt cellphone communication systems at the moment they are most needed, that’s when a more than 100-year-old technology still holds its own.
Amateur radio operators, often called “ham radio operators” regularly volunteer their skills and expertise to coordinate responses in emergencies like the Boston Marathon bombing and when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.
FEMA Administrator on Amateur Radio Use in an Emergency
At an FCC conference in May 2011, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate mentioned that "When Everything Else Fails. Amateur Radio often times is our last line of defense." He said that we often rely on cell phones and public safety communication for their resilience, but we must remember that they fail--"They do, they have, they will!" Mr. Fugate went on to recommend that "A strong amateur radio community," "be plugged into" emergency communications plans. He emphasized that amateur radio should be included in emergency planning, because "When you need amateur radio, you really need them." In closing he included amateur radio communications as part of a broad mission which has one objective--to meet the needs of survivors of a disaster.
This video was filmed by the FCC and is in the Public Domain.
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