September 2021 ARES Meeting

Hey folks, KE0LMZ here! We covered quite a few things in our September meeting, which was led by new EC Stephen Swerline KF6DRH.

We started the meeting with a moment of silence for all of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

For our first order of business, we discussed our Simulated Emergency Test (SET). It was decided that we would help the Camden County, MO Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Camden County, MO ARES run theirs for the first year to help them learn how to operate their own SET.

Secondly, a new schedule for weekly net operators was established: EC Stephen Swerline will now be running the first net each month, and former EC Samantha Henley KE0LMY will now be running the fourth net each month.

When reviewing ARES activity for the month thus far, we were pleased to provide communications for the Benton County, MO CERT while they performed traffic control during Warsaw’s fireworks display on the evening of September 5th.

Next, the ARES members all headed outside to move some equipment (including the generator) into the Benton County Emergency Communications trailer so it would be fully-stocked for any and all upcoming events for which it is needed.

We discussed more public outreach because we are in dire need of more volunteers. Whether they already have their amateur radio licenses or are seeking to earn them, these volunteers would help support communication efforts in Benton County during large-scale emergencies and help take pressure off of the first responders.

Finally, we talked about reaching out to the Boy Scouts to support their efforts to earn their radio communications badges, as well as reaching out to the school systems to help get teachers trained to handle incidents on school grounds before first responders arrive. Reaching out to the school systems will be done with the aid of the Benton County, MO CERT to provide a full training course to any teachers who are available and interested in this training.

If you or anyone you know are interested in emergency communications, feel free to contact EC Stephen Swerline KF6DRH at sswerlineares@gmail.com

73 everybody! KE0LMZ, clear.

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