Welcome to Clatsop County, Oregon AuxComm
Providing Amateur Radio Emergency and Public Service Communications Throughout Clatsop County, Oregon
Be Sure to Check the Activity Calendar for Upcoming Events!
Attention Hood to Coast Relay Volunteers
Ham volunteer documents are now available in the member's section under Operations Documents.
Net Control Operators Needed!
Help with ARES NET on Monday evenings. It's an excellent opportunity to improve your radio skills.
ATTENTION AUX COMM VOLUNTEERS
Please remember to record your volunteer hours.
Local Ham Radio Operators Step up in Good Times and Bad
There are more than 725,000 licensed amateur radio operators in the United States.
by Rosalie Rayburn, Albuquerque Journal, N.M. / August 6, 2017
(TNS) - When wildfires, floods, tornadoes and terrorist events disrupt cellphone communication systems at the moment they are most needed, that’s when a more than 100-year-old technology still holds its own.
Amateur radio operators, often called “ham radio operators” regularly volunteer their skills and expertise to coordinate responses in emergencies like the Boston Marathon bombing and when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.
FEMA Administrator on Amateur Radio Use in an Emergency
At an FCC conference in May 2011, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate mentioned that "When Everything Else Fails. Amateur Radio often times is our last line of defense." He said that we often rely on cell phones and public safety communication for their resilience, but we must remember that they fail--"They do, they have, they will!" Mr. Fugate went on to recommend that "A strong amateur radio community," "be plugged into" emergency communications plans. He emphasized that amateur radio should be included in emergency planning, because "When you need amateur radio, you really need them." In closing he included amateur radio communications as part of a broad mission which has one objective--to meet the needs of survivors of a disaster.
This video was filmed by the FCC and is in the Public Domain.
Get Ready for National Preparedness Month 2017
The Ready Campaign recently released the September 2017 National Preparedness Month (NPM) theme and social media toolkit, which includes graphics, hashtags, and social media content to share.
This year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” In addition to the overarching theme for the month, each week has a theme highlighting different preparedness actions.
The NPM 2017 Weekly Themes are as follows:
For more information, visit www.ready.gov/september.
Surviving a Tsunami in the United States
By Katie Pyzyk | July 12, 2017 | Emergency Management
A tsunami striking the U.S. mainland might seem far-fetched, but scientists say preparation is crucial because it will happen — it’s just a matter of when.
An ocean wave pulls away from the shore and then, as expected, it moves toward land again. But it keeps moving farther and farther inland. The water pushes over unsuspecting beachgoers, backyards and entire cities with startling speed. It leaves a wake of destruction in Indonesia that includes an estimated 230,000 deaths.
Several years later, a similar scene unfolds in Japan when ocean water flows onto land to submerge cars, homes and even a nuclear power plant that never again will return to functionality. That time, the flood waters claim approximately 16,000 lives.