“Find Your Way” Guidance Appears on the ARRL.ORG Website

Find Your Way

Newington CT – The ARRL recently posted a special section to help users navigate around their new website.  The site is still not functioning without significant problems, but the ARRL now feels that it is time for general users to start their own journeys on the site.  Please click on the ARRL Logo on the top left of this page, and then click on this special logo on their site to begin your exploration and familiarization.

The hope is that the users will take the time to submit cogent observations and constructive suggestions for the improvement of the site.  Recently, Mike, K1TWF, at the recent NSRA meeting (please see story below), counseled this very point observing that persistence on their part would only go to help with rapid resolution.  It was also announced that Harold Kramer, WJ1B, ARRL’s Chief Operating Officer, stated that returning to the old format or running it in parallel with the new format is not a viable option.

During the same meeting, Mike, K1TWF, and Mike, W1MPN, were asked to explain the noticable decline in service in many parts of the ARRL organization.  W1MPN replied that the “all hands on deck” approach to solve the functionality problem with their new website undoubtably has contributed to this problem.  The SM reinterated that the section staff stands ready to help members address any pressing problems with Headquarters.   W1MPN stated that in the interim, this (ema.arrl.org) website will continue to have pertinent information and news for members use.

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ARRL New England Division Vice Director Mike Raisebeck, K1TWF, Speaks to NSRA Club

Mike Raisebeck-K1TWF
Peabody, MA – Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, ARRL Vice Director for the New England Division spoke to the NSRA club at their regular monthly meeting on Monday April 19th.  Billed as an “ARRL night”, Mike headed a delegation of ARRL officials including, Phil Temples, K9HI, Ass’t Director NE Division, EMA SM Mike Neilsen, W1MPN, EMA ASEC, Jim Palmer, KB1KQW, and EMA DEC for the North Shore, Eric Horwitz, KA1NCF.

 

Raisbeck and Neilsen fielded questions concerning the ongoing problem of poor service and the troubled new website project.  Mike, K1TWF, counseled patience with this problem, and recommended persistence in forwarding suggestions and feedback to the ARRL.

K1TWF presented a discussion on the future of the hobby in the face of remarkable technical advances.  He introduced the notion of a future world of technological advances and a continued devotion to traditional values.  His technical vision of the future included discussing hobby interest in a world which will be dominated by the internet and its many derivatives.  A discussion ensued surrounding the notion that interest will probably remain very strong in our traditional communication modes, even with young people.  Mike relayed a story that he compared our hobby to young people as a fascinating game, where speed and skill are very important attributes.

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Boston Marathon – Monday April 19th, 2010 Coordination Message

Hello to all..

While this may be a bit off topic for some SKYWARN Spotters, Amateur Radio Operators and Red Cross volunteers, many of which are SKYWARN Spotters, will be involved in the Boston Marathon on Monday April 19th. To reach out to the highest level of Amateur Radio Operators involved in the event, this coordination message is being sent out to the SKYWARN email list and posted to the various Amateur Radio lists. We appreciate everyone’s patience with this message. This is likely to be the only coordination message on the Marathon unless a significant change in the weather forecast occurs. See information below:

Eastern Massachusetts ARES members not participating in the Boston Marathon should be in a heightened state of awareness for marathon activities on Monday April 19th from 7 AM-7 PM for any significant issues outside of the Boston Marathon that may require Amateur Radio Emergency Communications support and for any unexpected issues on the Boston Marathon route. With over 300 Amateur Radio Operators staffing the Boston Marathon route, the start line and the finish line, if an issue arises needing Amateur Radio support outside of the Marathon route or an unexpected issue arises in marathon operations, it is important that any ARES members not involved in the marathon can help with any response that is required. The Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net Control Center at the town of Bridgewater EOC will be active to backup any issues at marathon net control and monitor any events within the marathon and outside of the marathon. A second backup to marathon operations will be in Walpole as done in years past.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) UCC (Unified Command Center) at the SEOC (State Emergency Operations Center) will be active for the Boston Marathon. Amateur Radio Operators will be at the SEOC to support backup operations while many agencies will be there performing primary operations for the marathon. A Press Release from MEMA can be seen at the following link:

http://ares.ema.arrl.org/local/News_Release_UCC_2010.doc

The weather outlook for the Boston Marathon is one that should be favorable for volunteers and favorable to slightly warm for the runners. The Weather Forecast across the Boston Marathon is for partly to mostly sunny conditions throughout the day. There will be a 10-15 MPH breeze with gusts of 20-25 MPH along the route. Temperatures will range in the mid to upper 30s early in the morning warming to the upper 40s to low 50s by mid morning to the upper 50s to around 60 degrees by afternoon. This means that conditions for the runners should be reasonable with an ‘average’ amount of ambulance requests along the route versus some prior years where warmer weather conditions resulted in some of the highest amounts of ambulance requests since Amateur Radio Operators have handled the event. It is noted that conditions this year are slightly warmer than last year so ambulance requests may run slightly higher than last year’s marathon.

For Amateur Radio, Red Cross and all other volunteers along the route, it is recommended that you dress in layers for this event so that you can put on or take off clothes as needed for comfort. Be sure to drink liquids and eat properly during the event and that you are self-sufficient so that you can be of a full help to the function and not distract everyone from the main purpose of supporting the runners by having a health issue on your end that can be avoided. No rain is expected at this time so there should be no need for rain gear.

Barring a significant change in the weather forecast, this will be the only coordination message on the Boston Marathon. We appreciate everyone’s support in this event and hope those that volunteer enjoy themselves and feel the self-satisifcation of supporting this historic event and those that are monitoring the Marathon or events outside of the Marathon realize that the monitoring is an important function as well and is a testament to being able to scale other incidents beyond the marathon if required. Thanks to all for their support!

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

http://ares.ema.arrl.org

http://www.wx1box.org

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KB1KQW Featured In Marathon Story

photo of Jim Palmer, KB1KQW, courtesy Lynn Daily ItemToday’s Daily Item of Lynn, MA featured a front page story with photo of BAA Marathon volunteer Jim Palmer, KB1KQW. Entitled Boston Marathon: Let’s visit Control Central, the story describes Palmer’s activities at the Net Control Station, W1M, and the integral role that hams play in ensuring the runners’ safety for the annual event.

 

KB1KQW is an active member of the North Shore Radio Association, and an Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator for Eastern Massachusetts.

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STM REPORT EMA SECTION MARCH 2010

STM REPORT EMA SECTION MARCH 2010

NET         SES   QTC   QNI   QTR   NM
EM2MN       30    210   185   280   N1TPU
EMRIPN      21    122   54    192   WA1FNM
HHTN        23    80    82    368   K1YCQ
WARPSN      04    10    41    NA    NI1X

QTC=Traffic  QNI=Checkins  QTR=Minutes

CALL        TOTAL       PSHR
N1IQI       1864        110
W1GMF       1318        120
KW1U        993         120
N1LKJ       475         120
K1YCQ       460         110
N1UMJ       381         180
KD1LE       97          105
W1PLK       59          83
KK1X        53          106
N1PYN       12          122
WA1FNM      02          NA

BPL EARNED 500 OR MORE: N1IQI KW1U W1GMF
Congratulations on a job WELL DONE.
Jim N1LKJ

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Boston University ARC Now QRV!

There appears to be a resurgence of Amateur Radio activity from Boston University, according to Cape Ann ARA member Dave Delakas, KB9YOZ. Delakas has been hard at work setting up a new HF station at Boston University–W1BUR–and he’s looking for some CAARA members–or anyone else on the airwaves–to help W1BUR make some HF QSOs.

“If you’re around the HF rig on Friday April 9th, W1BUR will be on the air from 2:00 to 4:00 PM ET on 20 meters.”

W1BUR will be on 14.150 Mhz phone but if that’s busy, listen for them up the band in 30 khz steps: 14.180, 14.210, 14.240, etc. Delakas says if 20 meters is no good, they will try 75 meters phone starting at 3.900 MHz and up, in 30 khz steps.

Congrats to all involved on the ressurrection of this Eastern MA college club station.

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SKYWARN Training, Concord MA, May 15, 2010

SKYWARN logo

Steve Telsey, N1BDA writes:

There will be a SKYWARN Storm Spotter training class May 15 at Concord Academy, in the Ransome room of the Math and Arts Center which is located across from the Gym. Concord Academy is located at 166 Main Street in Concord. Parking at the school is limited; however, there is a municipal parking lot off of Main Street on Keyes Road. The training is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM.

Rob Macedo, KD1CY a 15-year veteran of the NWS SKYWARN program will be the presenter. The program covers topics such as hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, down bursts and other summer and winter weather events. This highly informative and timely program will also provide information on identifying cloud formations, identifying hail sizes and estimating wind speed.

This program is open to all and will be of particular interest to anyone who enjoys outside activities such as sports, camping, boating or is just interested in learning more about the weather. This program will also cover safety tips that are appropriate during severe weather events.

The workshop is free, the multi-media presentation is captivating, and the handouts (new this spring) are excellent and informative reference materials. At the end of the program participants will have the opportunity to join the National Weather Service SKYWARN Spotters Program.

Please pass the word and encourage hams and non-hams alike to join us on May 15. I’ll send a reminder in May, but wanted to get the info out early so it can go on calendars.

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New England Area Ham-Electronic Flea Markets

New England Area   Ham - Electronic  Flea Market  ***  DATES  *** 2010 P 1 of 2
All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~

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2010                                                    Contact          Source
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10 Apr Middletown NY OCARC @Wallkill ComCtr         Bruce K2ULZ 845 562 4226 A

10 April Gales Ferry CT RASON Auction @10 @FireHs   Gary WT1SND 860 884 4218  

11 April Framingham MA FARA @KeefeTech $5@9 $25/T     Bev N1LOO 508 626 2012  

17 April Lindenhurst NY GSBARC  ** CANCELLED **      John W2HCB 631 669 6321 A+

17,18 Apr Wakefield MA Photographica @AmericalCtr ~photo~  John 781 592 2553 F

17 Apr S Portland ME PAWA @AmLegion $5@8 $10/T@6:30 Bryce K1GAX 207 799 1116 W

17 Apr Manchester NH NHAntqRC @Bingo $10 @7:30 $3 @8:30 Charlie 603 898 4821  +

18 April    Cambridge MA        FLEA at MIT               Nick 617 253 3776   
Third Sunday April thru October      

18 April Enfield CT NEWS @Crown Plaza 8AM            Mark K1MAP 413 566 8118  +

25 April Unionvale NY MtBeaconARC @TymorPk            Jim K2JIM 845 427 2702 A

30 April 1 May Deerfield NH Nearfest VII @FG         Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235  

8 May Rensselaer NY EGARA @FireCo                 Thomas KC2FCP 518 272 1494 A

15 May Halifax NS H+DARC @Forum $4@9 S@7             Tom VE1BMJ              R+

16 May       Cambridge MA        FLEA at MIT               Nick 617 253 3776  

22 May Goshen CT SoBARC @FG $3@8                      Lee K1LEE 860 435 0051   

29 May Vernon CT NARC @TollandAgCtr                 Wayne N1GUS 860 487 1921 A+

30 May Sorel-Tracy CRAS-T $5@9 $15/T@6               Luc VE2DWE 450 743 8676 W+

4 Jun Feeding Hills MA HCRA Tail Gate @CongCh @6:30PM  Jim KK1W 413 245 3228  +

5 June Rochester NY RARA                             Duane K2SI 585 594 4945 A

5 June Hermon ME PSARC @HS                         Roger KA1TKS 207 848 3846 A+

6 June Bethpage NY LIMARC @Briarcliffe            Richard K2KNB 516 694 4937 A+

12 June Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @8AM Tailgate   John 860 673 0518 W+

12 June Rochester NH GBRA @ CommCtr                 Larry K1SRJ 603 335 4805 A+

13 June Queens NY HOSARC @HoS $5@9 $10/sp@7:30   Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599 W+

19 June Newington CT NARL @StMarySchool              Steve WV1X 860 667 8199 A+
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Standown on Potential Request for Help in Missing Person in Holbrook, Massachusetts

Hello to all..

We just received word from Joe Reynolds-KA1GDQ that the search is no longer required for the missing person.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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URGENT – Hams needed in search for Jack Burke

CQ CQ CQ ALL HAMS de Joe Reynolds, KA1GDQ.

 

Most of you have seen the TV Reports, regarding the disappearance of 76 year old Jack Burke of Holbrook, MA.  I have a close personal relationship with the family as I graduated with his daughter Colleen in 1981.  Mr. Burke is easily disoriented due to effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

I am looking for members to assist with a daytime search for him tomorrow, if he is not found today.  I am waiting on a reply from HPD Chief Bill Marble for the final OK.  I am also waiting on repeater approval from either MMRA or the Boston Repeaters

 

In the interim, I am trying to compile a list on who can go later today (Wed April 7, 2010) and those who can help tomorrow morning.  I am hoping we won’t be tied up more than 4 hrs. I was hoping to keep it to daylight hours. Today, April 7, if we get the ok and the manpower to meet in Holbrook at 2pm.  If we go tomorrow I would make it for 12 noon to 4pm.

 

The mission is to check EVERY D&D, Friendly’s, T-Stations and if we can have a couple on the trains, that would be great as well and the streets between Holbrook & Boston.

 

If you are interested in assisting, please contact me, Joe Reynolds at 508-296-3622 or email me at ka1gdq@arrl.net

 

Thank you

 

Joe Reynolds

KA1GDQ

Buzzards Bay, MA

 

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Massachusetts After March 2010 Floods

Please see the attached link to the MEMA website describing the activation of our Disaster Recovery Centers.

Please note, any resident, from any community, can go to any DRC.
Also, please not that the Quincy DRC location will relocate to the
Koch Recreational Complex next Monday.

The address is located here:
Richard J. Koch Park & Recreation Complex
1 Merrymount Parkway, Quincy, Massachusetts

http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=eopsterminal&L=3&L0=Home&L1=Public+Safety+Agencies&L2=Massachusetts+Emergency+Management+Agency&sid=Eeops&b=terminalcontent&f=mema_feature_story_2010_feature_stories_2010_fema_opens_disaster_recovery_centers&csid=Eeops

Feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns.

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Centers

Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will be open beginning Wednesday, April 7, 2010 in five locations in Massachusetts to assist individuals, households and businesses affected by the severe storms and record-rainfall that flooded large areas of the state beginning March 12, 2010.

Each DRC is staffed with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) disaster recovery specialists, who are ready to help survivors through the process of applying for disaster assistance.

Homeowners, renters and business owners are urged to register before visiting a DRC by calling FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Multilingual operators are available. Those with speech or hearing impairment may callTTY 800-462-7585to apply. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7:00AM to 10:00PM daily until further notice. Registration can also be done online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

Once registered, FEMA disaster recovery specialists at a center can check an individual’s case, answer questions about their claim, or request information FEMA needs to process their claim.

Recovery specialists can also supply contacts for other programs that may provide help as well as suggest low-cost risk-reduction measures to make homes or businesses safer. Other federal agency representatives at the centers include IRS tax specialists to discuss disaster-related issues. Representatives from volunteer agencies are also available to suggest existing community resources to help in the recovery process.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) representatives will be on hand at DRCs to meet with individuals and business owners to answer any questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, help them complete their SBA disaster loan application and accept the completed disaster loan applications. Anyone not able to go to a DRC should call the SBA Customer Service Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday, at 800-659-2955 for information and assistance or visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations. These loans are to repair or replace homes, businesses and personal property not covered by insurance and damaged by the recent flooding.

FEMA may open additional locations, so please check this site frequently.
Hours of operation will vary at each center. Locations and daily hours are:

Essex County
Flint Public Library
1 South Main Street
Middleton, MA 01949
Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.  Middlesex County

Billerica Public Library
15 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Norfolk County
Thomas Crane Public Library
40 Washington Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Plymouth County
Lakeville Free Public Library
4 Precinct Street
Lakeville, MA 02347
Hours:
Seven days a week: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.   
Worcester County
Thayer Memorial Library
717 Main Street
Lancaster, MA 01523
Hours:
Seven days a week: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.           

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James A. Mannion
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Bridgewater, MA 02324-0054

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MEMA and FEMA Assistance News Releases After March 2010 Floods

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Peter Judge, MEMA PIO April 5, 2010   (508) 820-2002

Federal Flood Recovery Assistance Available For Both Storms
 
BOSTON, MA – The State of Emergency that Governor Deval Patrick declared last week in response to the March 29 storm that produced heavy rains, widespread road closures and major flooding has been terminated. In addition, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) affirmed that assistance will be available to residents and businesses impacted by both storms.

Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray signed the State of Emergency termination document on Monday morning, which demobilized the Massachusetts National Guard called to duty by the Governor to fill and transport sandbags to affected areas, direct traffic, conduct wellness checks and patrol areas with forced evacuations.

FEMA’s announcement affirmed that the current Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance will now apply to individuals and businesses impacted by both flooding events last month – March 12-15 and March 29-30.

“I am thankful to President Obama for acknowledging the impact the two storms and resulting flooding has created for most of the Commonwealth,” said Governor Patrick. “We urge people to register with FEMA and apply for help, especially if you need assistance with housing, clothing, food, and other basic needs.”

The assistance was initially authorized under a Major Federal Disaster Declaration requested by Governor Patrick on March 25 and issued by President Barack Obama on March 29 for the March 12-15 storm and flooding event. In the three days since the approval, 5,170 people have applied and FEMA inspectors have already started visiting homes of these applicants to make determinations quickly and get assistance to impacted homeowners and businesses.

“Communities across the Commonwealth were dramatically impacted by the two major storms that struck Massachusetts at the end of last month,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “Governor Patrick and our administration appreciate the support and recognition by President Obama, who declared a state of emergency for Massachusetts last week as a result of these devastating storms. At this time, it is imperative that our residents learn of the resources and funding available through FEMA so that they can receive the proper assistance during this critical time.”

The President’s action makes Individual Assistance (IA) Programs available to affected homeowners, renters and businesses in a seven-county area – Essex, Middlesex, Worcester, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Counties. State officials are reviewing data to see if any additional counties qualify to be added to the eligibility list.

IA Programs administered by FEMA and the Small Business Administration (SBA) include Individuals and Households Programs (IHP), Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Legal Assistance, Tax Relief and Small Business Administration Disaster Loans.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can initiate the application process for assistance by calling the FEMA Teleregistration numbers: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired, or by registering online at www.fema.gov. The toll-free Teleregistration numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made.

 
For additional information about MEMA and Winter & Flooding Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema. Follow MEMA updates on Facebook and Twitter.

 
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Peter W. Judge
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
400 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702-5399
 
Phone:   508-820-2002
24-hour:  508-820-2000
Fax:       508-820-2030
peter.judge@state.ma.us

Release Date: April 4, 2010

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FEMA news desk: 617-956-7547
MEMA Peter Judge: 508-820-2002
 
Disaster Officials Offer tips To Speed Assistance
 
BOSTON – Disaster recovery officials urge residents and businesses dealing with severe storm damage and loss to adopt a take-charge action plan to help speed the possibility of obtaining state and federal disaster aid:
 
Register Now:
•Don’t wait. Homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered disaster-related damage or loss should call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) registration line at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 for the hearing- or speech impaired. Online registration is available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.  Multilingual operators are available.

•Register, even if you are insured. Your insurance coverage may not be adequate and some foundation damage may not appear until later. Anyone who suffered any damage or loss should register for assistance.•Disaster assistance covers a wide range of losses. Structural damage or repair is covered, as is damage or loss of essential personal property, such as a major appliance or medical equipment (wheelchairs, etc).

After Registering:
•Keep critical appointments. A FEMA-contracted inspector will make an appointment to visit your home, usually within a week. Make every effort to be at home or you can authorize an agent to be present. Use the Helpline option at the FEMA registration toll-free numbers for contact updates, including your agent’s name, a new phone number, or to change appointment times.

•Return all forms promptly. After registering, you may receive a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan application package in the mail. Fill out and return these forms promptly since they are an essential part of the disaster-assistance process.

•Stay in touch. Use the Helpline for answers to your questions about federal assistance, the same number you called to register for aid.

•Have realistic expectations. You should not expect disaster assistance to restore you to       pre-disaster conditions. It is intended to help you get safe and sanitary housing and meet other critical needs so you can begin your long-term recovery.

•Read all FEMA letters and documents. Applicants deemed eligible for disaster assistance will receive a letter from FEMA providing guidance on their disaster relief grant. It will tell you about ways the money can be spent in your recovery. Be advised that federal assistance may have to be repaid if it is duplicated by insurance or other assistance received.

•Talk to FEMA if you have questions, especially about insurance. If you receive a FEMA letter saying your application has been denied, it often means that one or more aspects of your application require further information or correction. An “INS-Insured” denial does not necessarily mean “case closed,” it means you must first settle with your insurer to prevent any duplication of payments.

•Keep FEMA in mind after your insurance settlement. You may have been underinsured and some uncompensated losses may be eligible for some form of disaster aid. Call the Helpline if your insurance settlement is delayed, if it does not cover all of your loss, if you can’t find rental housing in your area, or if your additional living expense benefits are exhausted. Remember, failure to file a claim with your insurer within 12 months can affect your eligibility for FEMA assistance.·        

Rebuild with disaster prevention in mind. Before starting any repairs or reconstruction, check with local building officials on required permits and inspections. If you were displaced from your home and incurred hotel or motel expenses, save your receipts and check with FEMA on possible reimbursement.

 
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders and to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
 
Peter W. Judge
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
400 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702-5399
 
Phone:   508-820-2002
24-hour:  508-820-2000
Fax:       508-820-2030
peter.judge@state.ma.us

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Status Secured at 830 PM ET Monday April 5th, 2010

Hello to all..

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By status is now secured at 830 PM ET Monday April 5th, 2010. It is noted that a request for Ham support has been made for the state of Rhode Island by Rhode Island Red Cross per a note from K1NPT-Mike Cullen posted to the mras_general email list. If any Eastern Massachusetts ARES Amateurs deploy to Rhode Island to support Red Cross Amateur Radio needs, please notify your ARES EC/DEC if you support that effort. No requests for support are currently expected in Eastern Massachusetts based on latest contact with served agencies.

The recent March 28th-30th storm dumped another widespread 3-6″ of rain with a maxima of rain of 5-10″ with isolated higher amounts over portions of Southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The heavy rains of the coastal storm coupled with the March 13th-15th storm and the storm from March 23rd, 2010 resulted in a major to historic flood episode in Southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island with a moderate flood episode in Northeast Massachusetts. Northeast Massachusetts was hit harder from the March 13th-15th storm then the March 28th-30th storm. Many Amateur Radio Operators from across the region along with non-Ham SKYWARN Spotters provided pictures and reports of the flooding and rainfall that was used not only by the National Weather Service in Taunton Massachusetts but Massachusetts Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The flood pictures, reports and rainfall reports were also forwarded to local media outlets. Monthly rainfall across Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island was between 10-20″.

We wish everyone the best of luck in recovery efforts for all those affected and thank all Amateur Radio Operators who supported this incident for local/town Emergency Management, SKYWARN/NWS and other served agencies. Thanks to all for their continued support for Eastern Massachusetts ARES!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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Hints about Obtaining Speakers for Club Meetings

Club Meeting Speakers

Bo Budinger (WA1QYM)
ARRL EMA ACC

 

One of the most important aspects of a good ham radio club meeting is the featured speaker. Good attendance at club meetings can often hinge on the featured speaker of the day. I had the job of recruiting speakers for the monthly meetings of our local club for years. I know how difficult it is and how much a club depends upon good speakers. So, I thought I would draw from my experience and hopefully provide some guidelines and hints to help others in this difficult task.

You might wonder just what types of topics are good for ham radio club meetings. It has been my experience that there are a wide range of topics that “fit the bill”……both topics within ham radio and those, outside of ham radio that would appeal to technically oriented people. Most ham radio clubs in Eastern Massachusetts are general purpose clubs so just about any ham radio related topic……digital modes, propagation, microwaves, antenna design, rig restoring……will draw a good crowd. I recall visiting the Quannapowitt Radio Association club meeting in Reading a few months ago. The speaker for the evening was talking about a power amplifier project he had been working on. Even though I have never been on the air with over 100 watts of power, this talk was fascinating. I also recall a talk given by Ed (AB1CW) to the PART group in Westford on model helicopters. This was a talk way outside the realm of ham radio but one that was well received by all the members. So, don’t be bothered by the subject….hams are quite receptive to new ideas and to old technology.

Now just where does one find club meeting speakers. The best and closest source is right in your own club. Club members feel at ease speaking at their own club meetings. I suggest the person in charge of club speakers promote this idea. Its not uncommon to have a member present a project he is working on during a club meeting. This could be any ham radio project…..even if it is not complete. Often there is a great interaction between the speaker and club members when it comes time to talk about completing a project. If you are in charge of obtaining speakers for club meetings constantly let the membership know they are welcome to speak at a future meeting.

Another great source of club speakers is people who have spoken at nearby ham radio clubs. These people have already prepared their talk and are often quite willing to give it again to a group close by. I constantly searched the web pages of nearby clubs to see who is speaking and what their topic is. If something looked interesting I would sent them an e-mail (almost all active hams have e-mail at ARRL.net) to inquire if they would be willing to talk at my club. I have always been impressed by the number who replied positively. Also don’t overlook the great list of speakers put together by the people running Boxboro every other year.

I have found that it is an advantage if the club president is in charge of obtaining meeting speakers. A potential speaker is much more willing to respond to the president as he would be to someone appointed by the president………Just a thought!

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Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for April 2010

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for April is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for April is Monday April 5th, 2010, at 8:30 PM on the MMRA Repeater system. This is after the RACES Nets earlier in the evening. For frequencies that will be linked into the ARES Net on the MMRA Network, please see the following link from the MMRA web site and the repeaters that will be linked in will be through Hub 1:

http://www.mmra.org/repeaters/map.html

In addition, if the Echo-IRLP node on the MMRA hub is available, we will likely link that to the New England Reflector system on IRLP 9123/Echolink Conference *NEW-ENG* Node: 9123.

Make the first Monday of the month, “Emergency Communications Night” and check into your local RACES Net and then check into the ARES Net on the MMRA Repeater System. We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net.

We will have several interesting announcements for the net that evening and we look forward to everyone’s participation. Updates will be posted via email and on the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Web Site at http://ares.ema.arrl.org 

Thanks for your continued support of ARES!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator   
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Status Extended Through Monday Evening April 5th, 2010 due to Major Flood Episode

Hello to all..

…EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES WILL REMAIN IN STAND-BY STATUS THROUGH MONDAY APRIL 5TH, 2010 IN THE WAKE OF MAJOR TO HISTORIC FLOODING AFFECTING EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS AND NEIGHBORING RHODE ISLAND…

…GOVERNOR DEVAL PATRICK HAS KEPT THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN EFFECT FOR THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS AND A FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION HAS BEEN DECREED…

…RED CROSS IS GEARING UP DAMAGE ASSESSMENT EFFORTS. EXTENT OF EFFORTS AND WHETHER IT REQUIRES AMATEUR RADIO SUPPORT OR NOT IS CURRENTLY BEING REVIEWED..

Eastern Massachusetts ARES will extend its stand-by status through Monday Evening April 5th, 2010 in the wake of major river, stream and urban flooding that has significantly impacted the section. While much of the section has received some level of flooding, the hardest hit areas are in Bristol, Norfolk and Plymouth counties of Massachusetts with impacts through Northeast Massachusetts comparable to or slightly less than the March 13th-15th, 2010 flood and major nor’easter event. Rhode Island was also severely impacted by this major storm with major flooding. A complete report will be compiled and sent to the SKYWARN email list and an updated stand-by status message issued with a link to that information no later than the end of the weekend.

Governor Deval Patrick has kept the state of emergency in effect for the commonwealth of Massachusetts with a federal disaster declaration being decreed for the region. At this time, the Red Cross is currently gearing up for damage assessment and determining whether Amateur Radio support will be required. Between this potential support and the fact that the Easter and Passover religious events may delay damage assessment efforts, Eastern Massachusetts ARES stand-by status has been extended through Monday Evening April 5th, 2010 and will be reviewed again at that time. It is noted that the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net will be that Monday Evening so an announcement will be given on the net as well as via the web.

Those ARES folks who are able to do so are asked if they live near a river or stream that is in flood to take pictures of the flooding. Please contact me if you have those pictures and they will be sent with appropriate credit to the person who took the pictures to the National Weather Service, state Emergency Management and the media. If you only want the pictures to go to NWS and/or Emergency Management versus the media, we’ll respect and honor that request and if you want the pictures to be sent anonymously, that will also be accepted. Please contact me via email with the pictures that can be sent through email, or a link to web album or file system.

Beyond the above request, please advise your local EC/DEC/ADEC of your availability to support a potential deployment anytime over the next week through Monday April 5th. Please copy your ASEC and SEC when you send a note to your EC/ADEC. This is being done to cover a situation where the EC/ADEC or DEC is unavailable because they were adversely affected by the storm, out of area or some other exigency has occurred. Keep your situational awareness level high for any updates from ARES leadership by checking your email for updates and our ARES web site at http://ares.ema.arrl.org, monitoring local SKYWARN/ARES/RACES frequencies and reporting into the nets and monitor local media on this potentially significant storm.

What is ARES Stand-By mode?

ARES stand-by mode is to alert Amateurs within ARES that a mobilization is possible on a wide-scale and that some localized mobilizations are or could be taking place in isolated areas. It means to take a look at your Go-Kit and have batteries and equipment ready to go and charged up and take care of any requirements at home in case a mobilization is required and you can participate. Do NOT self-deploy. Wait for guidance from leadership for any deployment. It is an honor to be ready even if you don’t deploy for the event. Hopefully, this is just another exercise of our preparedness and capabilities. If not, the ARES leadership looks forward to working with you if any wide scale mobilization is required after the impact of this major storm to the region.

Thanks for your continued support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator   
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

 

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