Attendance was great at the Tactical Storm Spotter training class which took place in Warsaw this evening! We had members of law enforcement, firefighters, a dispatcher, emergency management, Lake Area Storm Spotters, and ham radio in the Warsaw Lincoln Ambulance Barn conference room paying close attention to the National Weather Service representative from Springfield, Steve Reynolds!
Steve’s high energy and interactive method of teaching were key in showing us how to accurately report weather events (specifically storm systems which could spawn funnel clouds and tornadoes), so the NWS could put out timely and comprehensive warnings. The most intriguing parts were the roleplays Steve initiated between the dispatcher and members of the training class.
The class ended on a high note with a few words from Mark Richerson, the Benton County, MO Emergency Management Director, encouraging open communication, training, and drills to benefit all parties involved in responding to large-scale emergencies!
Just a quick reminder that the Tactical Storm Spotter training for tomorrow night will begin at 6:30 PM and last until 8:30 PM. It will be held at the Warsaw/Lincoln Ambulance building by the water tower in Warsaw.
This training counts as an in-seat training to keep your SKYWARN certification current.
We would love to have representatives of the BC ARES in attendance!
We have set up a new page here on the website where we will post information about Summer Field Day as the event draws closer. We have partnered with the Warrensburg Area Amateur Radio Club, Inc. and the Sedalia Pettis Amateur Radio Klub to turn this into a truly remarkable event!
We have several meetings between now and June (23-24) when the event takes place and we will be looking for volunteers to attend the event representing the BC ARES. Also, if you have any graphic design skills and would like to aid in making graphics for the BC ARES for the event (and other things), please contact us.
Remember, we are a completely volunteer organization. We collect no dues, have no grants, or any other means of income at the moment.
We look forward to your participation and thank you for volunteering!
A new Kids Editorial has been posted about KEØLMZ’s first time running a net! You can find it under the Kids Corner>Kids Editorial page here.
There are some changes taking place in the BC ARES. We will cover them at our next meeting on March 10, 2018, at the Benton County Health Department. We hope you will join us there (and that the weather decides to cooperate this time!) to take part in the discussion, training, group efforts, and more!
There are some technical difficulties with KDØCNC’s 146.925 repeater. He is aware of the issue and will work on it when the weather and road conditions improve and he has time. Thank you, everyone, for your patience!
If it is not back up and running by 7 PM CST, please remember we run on the simplex frequency of 147.480.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Update: Thank you to KDØWXT, KEØLMY, KEØLMZ, KDØCNC, and KDØCND for checking in on Simplex. Also, thank you to WØYGH, KDØAES, and KC5RQT for checking in on Echolink and relaying through WØYGH to the BC ARES! We appreciate the support!
The weather has not been very cooperative on two of our monthly meetings so far in 2018. My intention was to hand out member spotlights at each meeting. Since that has been impossible, I thought it was time to get the ball rolling. I have posted the January 2018 member spotlight on its own page here and intend to hand out both February and March member spotlights at the March meeting (weather pending!).
I have to gather some information from the two members chosen for February and March before posting them here on the website for everyone to see. Stay tuned to meet more of our great members!
Due to inclement weather expected in our region, the February BC ARES meeting has been canceled. Our March meeting will be held on March 10, 2018, at 9 AM at the Benton County Health Department. All activities slated for the February meeting will be rerun in March.
I have updated the EC Blog with information on the development of our first Tabletop Training Scenario! It’s my goal to have six fully developed scenarios by the end of 2018. One of the steps to working toward that goal is for me to take the FEMA IS-120 and IS-130 courses.
Please take a moment to review the blog and corresponding PDF and feel free to message us with any suggestions! As always, I appreciate your participation because without our volunteers the BC ARES wouldn’t exist!
Occasionally, I must let the “Proud Mom” show! KEØLMZ ran her very first net EVER! The BC ARES is proud to promote our great hobby to today’s youth! She did a great job and even passed her first traffic during the net! Thank you to KYØO for the pointers and the help! You have a way of giving advice that is perfect for encouraging people to better themselves!
We look forward to having more new voices taking their turns at running the BC ARES net on Sunday nights! If you are interested in running the net, please contact us!
As we mentioned in several other posts, our February meeting will be held at the Benton County 911 building, behind the water tower in Warsaw. We would LOVE to have record numbers come out for the meeting to show support for the group!
-Pass out Enterprise papers
-Review/develop more ideas for the Welcome Packet
-Rerun the Ice/Snowstorm Tabletop Scenario
-Group activities and gatherings
-School and club outreach (middle/high schools, CERT, VOAD, other area ARCs)
-Updates to website
-CW training class planning
-birthday list and members page
-Discuss Summer Field Days
-Volunteer to run third or fourth Sunday net
-FEMA certifications (possible group classes)
-Future meeting locations