Ever Ask Yourself Why ..?

Those involved in emergency response and ARES leadership spend a lot of time teaching folks about disaster planning/response.  For those involved the recent survey in British Columbia must be truly frustrating.

Keeping in mind the fires and flooding that have occurred in BC in 2017 BC Business Magazine commissioned the Mustel Group to contact businesses to see how prepared they were for a natural disaster. The results : 4 in 10 businesses THINK they have a plan six in ten have no formal or even informal plan.

Those businesses that were more prepared were in the interior where fires and flood activity has recently occurred. Might make one wonder if folks need to go through a crisis or disaster to learn why they need to be prepared.

Reference  BC  Magazine Dec/Jan 2018.

 

JAN 17 2018 FEMA REGION 10 EXERCISE . PLEASE SEE NOTE BELOW..

FEMA Region 10 (The Pacific Northwest) will hold a communications exercise on Jan 17 2018. Again, in this exercise they will use 6o M Frequencies. The following bulletin regarding the exercise has been received.

CANADIAN AMATEURS PLEASE NOTE:  

AN IMPORTANT POINT FOR CANADIAN HAMS  ….IF the US FEMA station uses WGY910 ( the FEMA callsign for Region 10), it is  NOT “Amateur” so Canadian Amateur stations can’t talk to them. But if FEMA uses their Amateur radio callsigns, then Canadian Amateurs can communicate with the FEMA “Amateur stations”. Its an important distinction to remember. American hams can communicate with FEMA WGY stations but Canadians can’t. Bear in mind also they may be other government stations with non ham call signs on the air in addition to FEMA stations.

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Congratulations to the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs on their Labrador City Repeater.

The Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs have announced  V02ET repeater in Labrador City is now part of their linked radio network. Congratulations to all involved

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