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Providing Amateur Radio Emergency and Public Service Communications Throughout Clatsop County, Oregon
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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.
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NASA and FEMA Hold Asteroid Impact Simulation Exercise
November 5, 2016 | Sputnik International
Asteroids are coming for us, NASA says. The only question is when.
To prepare for the low-likelihood but high-consequence possibility of a relatively large asteroid fixing Earth in its sights, NASA and the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held asteroid-impact simulation exercises in El Segundo, California, last month.
This was the third in a series of exercises the agencies have held to help increase collaboration, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement November 4. NASA and FEMA would lead the US response to a major asteroid hit.
Shake it Out! Students drill for earthquake, tsunami safety in national exercise
By Lyra Fontaine | October 21, 2016 | The Daily Astorian
SEASIDE — At 10:20 a.m. Thursday, Seaside High School Principal Jeff Roberts used the loudspeaker to tell all students to take cover for the earthquake. The students dropped to their hands and knees, took cover under their desks and held on.
Seaside High School took part in the Great Oregon ShakeOut for the first time this year after Associated Student Body leaders suggested the statewide event. Homes, schools and organizations in other states and countries also participated in the drill Thursday.
NOAA takes 'huge step' forward in predicting solar storm impacts on Earth
By Michael Kuhne | October 20, 2016 | AccuWeather.com
In an age where human lives are increasingly dependent on electricity, computers, satellites, GPS and digital communication systems, the threat of space weather has become an increased concern for government officials around the world. Powerful solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) can devastate the world's interconnected power grids, airline operations, satellites and communications networks.
‘OK/HELP’ signs offered for emergency response
With the flip of a sign, Clatsop County residents can now tell emergency responders if they need help or if they are OK.
County agencies and businesses are partnering in September — National Preparedness Month — to start a new ‘OK/HELP’ sign program.
The signs — with “OK” written on one side, and “HELP” written on the other — are being offered for free to residents to use after an emergency.
A resident can put the sign in a front window to help emergency responders tasked with checking on residents door-to-door after an earthquake, tsunami or winter storm.
Legislative Update – Emergency Preparedness
From Brian J. Boquist, Oregon State Senator
Annual sessions has meant quarterly Legislative Days. The law says after tomorrow, State Legislators cannot update or contact citizens via email directly from their offices until after the General Election. It is called a blackout period.
Given my September legislative days are dedicated to hearings on the State’s level of emergency preparedness, I am reaching out to all the citizens in our outreach data base to update you now given the variety or recent disasters, and our nation’s lack of preparation.
Why you might ask? Simple. The State and Federal Government are not prepared for a major catastrophic emergency in the Northwest. We will likely never be prepared thus YOU and your Community must prepare yourselves. Whether it is a Cascadia earthquake, tsunami, volcano, pandemic, terrorist attack, or grid overload does not matter. In almost every single potential event, the power grid is down for weeks if not months. Besides power outage it means communications is out, your cell phone goes dead the first day, potable water stops flowing, sewage is no longer pumped, there is no power to pump fuel into any vehicles, there are no grocery stores, bridge failures in many events will ‘island’ several million Oregonians for multiple weeks if not months. Prepare for at least a month.