Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"I did not want a warning." #WRN #skywarn

In the USA, for someone to say they did not get a warning is essentially to say "I did not want a warning."

Emergency Managers, for years, have encouraged the Citizen to be more  active in getting their warning information.  The days of the siren to wake us up in the middle of the night is over.  As one emergency manager pointed out:
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When I was MUCH younger, the windows were open in the spring, the black-and-white TV was not on all the time, folks did not listen to MP3 players with headphones, and sirens could be heard inside the house.


With the cell phone tied to every waistband, some jurisdictions are turning to products such as EverbridgeNixle, BlackboardConnect, MyStateUSA, Code Red, and EmergencyE to encourage the public to get their warnings.  The National Weather Service offers this  LISTING OF ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF WEATHER ALERTS”.

Popular smartphone operating systems such as the Android and Iphone offer applications such as Storm and WeatherBug that automatically alert when the resident is in a warning area as well as for areas where the Citizen has an interest.

The Weather Service has offered Interactive NWS for a few years now.  This service sends email and text messages to subscribers (who are members of the emergency management community).  This supplements the Weather Radio network that has been in place for a number of years.

Of course, amateur radio plays a big part in keeping the resident aware as do local media partners.  Even newspapers are joining the electronic media to give their own Twitter and Facebook information. 

You may get automated information from your Federal partners with the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert system.

Indeed, today, there's no need to go without a warning.  However, you must WANT to get one.



Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Do you monitor 146.52?

In a recent Amateur Radio Emergency Services Newsletter, this announcement appeared.





While traveling, monitoring 146.52 has produced some nice contacts.  Of course, sideband operators on 144.2 have been doing this for a long time.  “Voice Alert works perfectly for simplex calling.” 

Joel, N5LXI, has produced this table of two-meter frequencies:

The National Calling frequency on 440 is 446.000.

Do you monitor a simplex frequency in addition to your local repeater?  


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