Preparedness Efforts Including Eastern Mass ARES Web Site Updates

Hello to all….

With September being National Preparedness Month, the Eastern Massachusetts ARES staff is working to tighten our preparedness across the section. Some examples include:

-Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O, has been doing the Emergency Communications Workshop weekly for the Falmouth ARES team.

-Jim Palmer, KB1KQW, North Shore ARES EC, has started a discussion topic on backup net controls and liaisons on the North Shore ARES email list.

Early last week, I heard from Joe Heck-K1LBG, who is the Red Cross Communications Officer. He mentioned to me that the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Organizationl Chart was out of date. That was updated and fixed last week. Understanding that was the case, it was time to go through the entire web site and update and clean up old/outdated information and other items on the web site. The site should now be very up to date with some fresh content. Those updates include the following:

1.) Eastern Massachusetts ARES Staff organizational Chart is now updated.

2.) The Comprehensive Frequency Listing is updated with PL Tones for the Region 1 and 2 RACES Repeaters. The RACES manual and frequency listing is currently under revision but the information there reflects the last good information given on RACES frequencies.

3.) The Comprehensive Frequency Listing now directs you to a link for the latest SKYWARN frequency information.

4.) The Ema ARES Membership Policy was updated to direct new and existing ARES applicants to the Join Us link while retaining the old Word Document Application.

5.) The Field Day link was updated for the events that occurred in 2006.

6.) The IRLP/EchoLink section was updated to reflect how they are utilized for Emergency Communications.

7.) Updated the Voice Nets section to reflect the correct timeframe for the Monthly Eastern Mass. ARES Net.

8.) Updated the Workshops section to accurately reflect how we are running our workshops.

9.) The Interoperability link’s formatting was tough to read and has been cleaned up and fixed.

10.) The Massachusetts Statewide Hurricane Hope Drill After Action Report has been uploaded to the web site.

11.) We have added a section on past information and PR from the May 14th, 2006 Floods from the ARRL, the ARES web site and from the North Shore Radio Association (NSRA).

12.) Updated the calendar to include various weekly nets and the Eastern Massachusetts Monthly ARES Net. Removed the scheduled events link from the right side of the web site.

These are all the updates have been made to the web site to improve preparedness and readiness within the Eastern Massachusetts ARES/ARRL section.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
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Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
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