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.
Free Comprehensive Shelter Course Back at Clatsop Community College Seaside
Coming up January 19, 20 and 26-28 will be the next opportunity to learn or update skills for helping in or setting up a local emergency shelter during a disaster.
Everyone here in the Lower Columbia region is well aware that disasters can and do happen here. Winter storms, winds and power outages, and now wildfires, combine with the ever-increasing potential for a “Cascadia event” earthquake and tsunami as part of our price of admission to this neck-of-the-woods where we’ve all chosen to live. January’s course is an opportunity to do something proactive.
A 20-hour, two-weekend Comprehensive Shelter Training taught by Red Cross certified instructors through Clatsop Community College will be offered in five sessions. The first two will be Friday, January 19, 6:00 – 9:00 PM and Saturday, January 20, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The final three sessions will be held the following weekend on the same Friday – Saturday schedule plus a final simulation exercise on Sunday afternoon, January 28th from 1:00 – 5:00 PM.
The free course trains and certifies participants in all aspects of emergency shelter operation plus related areas such as Psychological First Aide.
The entire course is free. Classes meet at Clatsop Community College’s Seaside campus, 1455 N. Roosevelt Drive (Highway 101), adjacent Diamond Heating in Seaside.
Red Cross Volunteer Reflects on Fire Trip
By D.B. Lewis | The Columbia Press, Warrenton, Oregon
What do Martin Sheen, the water lady and Army veteran George Everts have in common?
They all volunteered at Red Cross emergency shelters crowded with evacuees from California's largest-ever wildfire disaster.
The Thomas Fire, which started in early December, continued to burn this week after destroying nearly 300,000 acres.
It started in Santa Barbara County and quickly spread east to Ventura County in just a few hours. On Christmas Day, there were 2,500 firefighters still struggling to put it out.
By the time Everts, a Red Cross volunteer from Astoria, arrived for his deployment, Martin Sheen had delivered a truckload of emergency supplies and a local citizen was bringing in $125 worth of bottled water every day.
Known to volunteers simply as the Water Lady, she showed up with her donation each day for 20 days.
What Natural Disasters Do to Your Mind
Oregon Megafire Man
By Sally Deneen, InvestigateWest | December 20, 2017 | The Weather Channel
Close your eyes. Picture your ideal forest. Maybe you’re strolling noiselessly on a soft leaf-littered path in dark peaceful woods scented by plentiful evergreens – trees that stretch as far as the eye can see. Shrubs carpet the floor. Young spindly trees, dwarfed by older evergreens, reach skyward in search of sun rays.
Sound great? Such a scene gives scientist Paul Hessburg the willies.
Clad in black jeans and sporting a drooping, greying mustache, the veteran forest scientist crisscrosses the Northwest to warn his audiences of impending disaster. On this Thursday night he tells about 100 rapt audience members from the population 1,674 town of John Day, Oregon, that they and everyone in the countryside need to start thinking differently about wildfires. Because of climate change.
Looking Back at the Great Coastal Gale of 2007
Join Coast Community Radio’s News Director Joanne Rideout for a look back at a storm that walloped the Pacific Northwest in 2007. The Great Coastal Gale blew at more than 100 miles an hour for days. Some people suffered great losses. Joanne talks with some of the people who were there.
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.
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