Eastern Massachusetts ARES Activates to Support North Shore Damage Assessment

Hello to all….

At the request of Massachusetts Bay Red Cross, Eastern Massachusetts ARES will activate starting Thursday Morning for damage assessment operations in the North Shore. This operation could last several days and more volunteers maybe needed from across the section. There may also be a need to support Damage Assessment operations for the Greater Newburyport chapter of Red Cross as well per Dave Belsky-K1DBB, Greater Newburyport Red Cross Communications Officer.

At 630 PM Wednesday Evening, Tom Kinahan-N1CPE, Massachusetts State RACES Radio Officer received a call from the EOC liaison to Mass. Bay Red Cross with a request for several Amateurs to support communications for damage assesment. This request was passed on to me and given to North Shore ARES District Emergency Coordinator, Eric Horwitz-KA1NCF and North Shore ARES Emergency Coordinator, Jim Palmer-KB1KQW. North Shore ARES will be deploying approximately 4-5 Amateurs with the damage assesment teams and they will meet at the Peabody office of Mass. Bay Red Cross. The Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net Control Center at the town of Bridgwater EOC will be utilized to act as net control. Operations will take place on the 145.47-Danvers Repeater, PL: 136.5 Hz.

In talking with the Mass. Bay Red Cross liaison to the State EOC, this operation could last several days. Therefore, we may need additional Amateurs from across the Eastern Massachusetts section to support this operation. Also, Greater Newburyport Red Cross may need help of their own with damage assessment operations. If you’re available Friday and/or this weekend, please contact all of the following people below:

KA1NCF-Eric Horwitz Email: ka1ncf@ka1ncf.org
KB1KQW-Jim Palmer Email: EagleJRP99@aol.com
KD1CY-Rob Macedo Email: kd1cy@comcast.net

Remember, do NOT self-deploy. Please get approval instructions From Eric-KA1NCF, Jim-KB1KQW or I for involvement in these operations.

Thank you for your continued support of operations for Eastern Massachusetts ARES in the wake of the Great Floods of 2006.

Respectfully Submitted,

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: rmacedo@rcn.com

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