Welcome to Clatsop County, Oregon Aux Comm

Providing Amateur Radio Emergency and Public Service Communications Throughout Clatsop County, Oregon

Announcements

Technician License Class Offered

March 23-24
Clatsop Community College Seaside Campus

More Info Here


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.

Click here to contact Net Manager Robin KN0LL


Be Sure to Check the Activity Calendar for Upcoming Events!


ATTENTION AUX COMM VOLUNTEERS

Please remember to record your volunteer hours.



Hawaii's recent false nuclear missile alert showed us how reliant we are on cell phones and modern technology—and how unprepared we are if they become inaccessible. But in case the unexpected happens, an unlikely group of hobbyists—ham radio operators—are standing at the ready and may save us all. (VIDEO)

Ham Radio Equipment

By Susan Ashworth | February 1, 2018 | Radio World

Ham flexibility allows for quick response to error

In the minutes after the false missile EAS alert was delivered in Hawaii, there was a great deal of general confusion — a lack of communication, general perplexity about the next steps, and phone call after phone call that didn’t get through to the right recipients.

But one group in particular said it knew exactly what it felt it had to do. While an official retraction from emergency officials of the alert did not come until 38 minutes had elapsed, amateur radio operators were able to confirm within 13 minutes that the Hawaii EAS alert was false.

“The big thing is, when all else fails, we’re able to provide emergency communications as required,” said Mike Lisenco, a member of the board of directors for the Amateur Radio Relay League.

At a hearing on Jan. 25 called by the Senate Commerce Committee, Lisenco discussed the role that amateur radio operators played in responding to the Hawaii EAS alert response. He noted that amateur radio, as a distributed form of communications infrastructure, is easily adapted to changing emergency conditions in disaster response situations.

Earthquake graph

by Eric Holdeman | January 31, 2018| Emergency Management

The technology exists today to implement a warning system. What is lacking is elected officials’ attention to the topic of seismic public safety.

From President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech to reports on the shortcomings of U.S. bridges, this is a week when critical infrastructure is in the news — and when people and organizations argue for more funding for that critical infrastructure. The term “infrastructure” immediately conjures up images of bridges, roads, dams, ports and airports. But what we don’t have today is a functional earthquake early warning infrastructure or leadership from Washington state elected officials on the subject of seismic public safety.

There are many nations — some of them tiny in comparison to us — that have been fielding earthquake early warning systems. The list includes the likes of Mexico, Korea, Romania, Taiwan and Mongolia. Then there are nations like Japan, which is spending $1 billion to improve its seismic warning system, and China, which is installing a $300 million system that last August gave people in Chengdu 71 seconds of warning before a quake.

Even in pure financial terms, our efforts pale in comparison. The national budget for a West Coast system is $16 million — decimal dust in comparison to the Department of Defense budget.

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Cascadia Subduction Zone

| Dec 21, 2017 | Newsweek

The next big earthquake is due in the Pacific Northwest—but now scientists have pinpointed where along the coast a large earthquake is most likely to happen, according to a study published Monday.

“We observed very compact sediments offshore of Washington and northern Oregon that could support earthquake rupture over a long distance and close to the trench, which increases both earthquake and tsunami hazards,” lead author of the study Shuoshuo Han, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, said in a statement.

Offshore of Washington and northern Oregon, ocean floor sediments are much more compact than in central Oregon—indicating that sediments are less porous and have less water between the grains. That all adds up to a disaster about to happen, according to the study, which was led by the University of Texas at Austin and published in Nature Geoscience.

The compact sediments in an area called the Cascadia subduction zone offshore the Pacific Northwest increase the likelihood of major earthquakes and tsunamis.

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Brenna Visser | January 26, 2018 | The Daily Astorian

Team could be deployed in an emergency

CANNON BEACH — Two years ago, a budding medical reserve corps in Cannon Beach started with four orange tubs filled with basic medical supplies and a couple of passionate volunteers.

Now, a few grants and a significant number of donations later, the volunteer emergency preparedness group has amassed more than 4,200 individual medical items that can be distributed in an emergency.

The group of 23 local volunteer surgeons, nurses, counselors and other health care specialists is the only one of its kind in Clatsop County, and only one of four on the Oregon Coast. It has been slowly growing and training to be a team that can be deployed to address medical needs in an emergency.

The concept of a medical reserve corps is nothing new. The corps, a national network of volunteers charged with improving the health and safety of their communities, has existed for decades. More than 900 groups are registered throughout the United States. There is also a statewide registry of health care professionals who can be deployed in an emergency.

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Oregon is unprepared for a major disaster such as a volcanic eruption, terrorist attack or Cascadia earthquake and tsunami, the state Audits Division said in a report released Thursday.

 Tracy Loew, |  January 25, 2018 | Statesman Journal, KGW8 News

Oregon is unprepared for a major disaster such as a volcanic eruption, terrorist attack or Cascadia earthquake and tsunami, the state Audits Division said in a report released Thursday.

Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management, charged with coordinating the state’s preparedness and response efforts, is understaffed and lacks the capacity to fully do its job, auditors found.

The state hazard mitigation team consists of one person. That compares with six in Washington, five in Alaska and 41 in Florida. Oregon does not meet key national standards, established in 2007, that cover basic elements of an effective emergency management program.

Continuity plans that would ensure functional government services following a disaster are either missing or incomplete. “Without these plans in place, Oregon’s government is at serious risk of failing to continue with or reestablish its key operations following a catastrophic event,” auditors wrote.

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