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.
Emergency Planners in Clatsop, Pacific Counties Learned Lessons From 2007 Gale
As wind howled and rain pounded the pavement in December 2007, Clatsop County’s entire emergency management department huddled inside a parked car to catch some sleep.
The task wasn’t too difficult — the department consisted of just one part-time employee.
Gene Strong, a retired Wahkiakum County sheriff, was the county’s emergency services coordinator. For five days, he and other North Coast residents were cut off from the rest of the world. He stayed at the sheriff’s office in Astoria to coordinate response efforts and try — often in vain — to request help from the state.
Trees littered the roadways. Communication channels went down. Two people died and thousands lacked vital resources for days. County staff scrambled to react.
Things slowly began to normalize after about a week. But as the skies became clearer, so too did the need for emergency officials to learn from the experience and make some fundamental changes.
Building a Citizen Team of First-Responders
Residents dive into three-day training that could save you
By D.B. Lewis, | November 24, 2017 | The Columbia Press
Everyone benefits when neighbors help each other in times of need. We benefit even more when fellow citizens are specially trained for major area emergencies.
A dozen citizen volunteers from around the county met for three days recently at Warrenton's Camp Kiwanilong to get basic Community Emergency Response Team training (CERT).
CERT members will assist when paid emergency responders are overwhelmed by the sheer scope of a natural disaster. With boot-camp intensity, trainees were led through instruction and hands-on exercises created in 1988 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Coast Community Radio: Local Emergency Preparedness & Communications
November 29, 2017 | Coast Community Radio
As winter approaches our thoughts turn to storms and we remember the Great Coastal Gale 10 years ago. What kind of emergency communication services worked for the North Coast then and how are our emergency service experts working on new plans to prepare for this winter? Join Host Donna Quinn on TOOTS and her guests, Vincent Aarts, Deputy Director of Clatsop County Emergency Management, Don Hillgaertner of Sunset Empire Amateur Radio Club, and Terry Wilson KMUN Coast Community Radio Engineer and Ham Radio Operator.
The Fires This Time
As Hurricane Irma was charging across the Caribbean, 3,500 miles to the Northwest the Columbia River Gorge, one of the continent’s natural marvels, had exploded into flames. The Gorge, a National Scenic Area largely under the management of the U.S. Forest Service, is a 4,000-foot deep chasm in the Cascade Mountains through which the Columbia River forges toward the Pacific. The western half of the Gorge is temperate rainforest, dominated by 300-year-old Douglas-fir and western hemlock trees.
Huge Earthquakes In 2018 Will Put Up To 1bn People At Risk – Scientists
November 20, 2017 | RT
Scientists warn that fluctuations in the speed of Earth's rotation could trigger a swarm of devastating earthquakes across the globe, particularly in heavily populated tropical regions.
Roger Bilham, of the University of Colorado in Boulder, and Rebecca Bendick, of the University of Montana in Missoula, presented their findings, published earlier this year, at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in October.
Their contention is that miniscule variations in rotation, that will change the length of a day by approximately one millisecond, could create massive shifts in energy beneath the planet's surface. The theory goes that the slowdown creates a shift in the shape of the Earth's solid iron and nickel "inner core" which, in turn, impacts the liquid outer core on which the tectonic plates that form the Earth's crust rest.
North Coast Planners Question Development in Tsunami Zone
This fall a child care center moved into a building in Astoria that Oregon State Police had left because it was in the tsunami inundation zone.
This summer, Patrick Corcoran, a coastal hazards specialist with Oregon State University’s Sea Grant program, circled articles in an issue of Warrenton’s weekly newspaper about apartment complexes planned in the inundation zone in Warrenton.
One day, an event that hasn’t happened since 1700 will shake much of the West Coast. The “Big One” — the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. But the North Coast is already in motion. Large apartment complexes are going up, permits are in process. There’s more development on the way.
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