Mike Neilsen, W1MPN writes:
A major winter storm will hit our area overnight Saturday and most of the day Sunday. ARES will be mobilizing tomorrow morning in home ops mode. No driving or shelter ops are anticipated until Sunday night or Monday (if needed). If you want to help, check into the nearest net held on the RACES repeaters around our section. More details of the ARES mobilization from KD1CY follow below:
…..REQUEST EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES TO GO TO
STAND-BY MOBILIZATION EFFECTIVE 6 AM SUNDAY FEBRUARY
…..MOBILIZATION TO LAST THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING OR
UNTIL STANDDOWN MESSAGE OR MOBILIZATION UPDATE IS
….TIMEFRAME COULD BE BACKED INTO LATE TONIGHT
PENDING STORM SPEED OF APPROACH TO THE REGION….
All Eastern Massachusetts ARES personnel are requested to go to Standby Mobilization effective 6 AM Sunday February 12th, 2006. A major nor’easter/blizzard will impact Eastern Massachusetts with 8-15 Inches of snow with potentially higher amounts, potential for snow/wind damage, and moderate coastal flooding. The greatest threat for major infrastructure damage is first and foremost on Cape Cod and the Islands and East Coastal Massachusetts. See Blizzard Coordination Messages for details on Blizzard/Winter Storm/Coastal Flood Watches/Warnings.
For the standby mobilization, we ask all ARES members to go to their nearest SKYWARN repeater and relay reports of snowfall, wind damage etc. for NWS Taunton. If you are a capable net control or liaison, offer your services in that capacity to help SKYWARN Net Controls.
The town of Bridgewater EOC, which serves as a Net
Control/liaison center for Eastern Massachusetts ARES, will be active either late tonight or Sunday Morning and throughout the day on Sunday. Its goal will be to assess any issues requiring ARES assistance and assist with report gathering for NWS Taunton station WX1BOX.
Given the potential for travel to be paralyzed, any type of ARESMAT or ARES mobilization for shelters that might occur if conditions are bad enough may wait until later in the day Sunday or even Monday. Keep that in mind if such mobilzation is needed. Have your Go Kit prepared and ready to go and any battery operated equipment or generators for home used prepared and ready to use in case the storm warrants use of such equipment. Please stay in touch via Amateur Radio by going to your local SKYWARN Repeater during the event or ARES/RACES repeater once we are in the recovery phase of the storm.
I hope this storm spares us the significant damaging aspect of it. If it doesn’t, I look forward to working with all of you. This notice may be updated later today with additional information if necessary.
Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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