Cape Cod and Islands ARES Summer Exercise #59 – Saturday 8/12/17 – 10AM-Noon – All Eastern Massachusetts ARES Participants Welcome

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The Cape Cod and Islands ARES group will be having their summer exercise on Saturday August 12th, 2017 from 1000 AM to Noon. All Eastern Massachusetts ARES and licensed Amateurs are welcome to participate in the exercise. The exercise plan can be seen at the following link:

http://ares.ema.arrl.org/local/CCARESdrill59Doc08-09-17.pdf

Special thanks to WQ1O-Frank O’Laughlin, Cape Cod & Islands ARES District Emergency Coordinator for setting up this exercise!

Regards,

Marek Kozubal (KB1NCG)

Eastern Massachusetts ARES SEC

Rob Macedo (KD1CY)

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant SEC

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North Shore ARES To Provide Limited Support to Peabody International Festival

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The following was posted to the North Shore ARES and North Shore Radio Assocation email lists by ARES Emergency Coordinator, Jim Palmer-KB1KQW:

Attention all North Shore Amateurs! We have been contacted by the City of Peabody Emergency Management department to provide limited support for the Annual International Festival to be held in Peabody Square on Sunday, September 9th from 11:30am until 6:00pm. This will be a relatively easy and informal event to support. All that is required is any amateur interested in attending the Festival is asked to bring their HT’s along with them and tune to the 146.88 (-) 118.8 PL NS1RA Salem Repeater. We will be looking for the following information…

– Check-in with us to tell us you are at the festival

– Check-out with us when you leave

– Watch out for Health and Safety…if you see something that requires attention…let us know!

Net Control will be operating at an undisclosed location. Due to the nature of the event, we are unable to discuss it over the air…so please do not ask, nor discuss it on air. However, if you would like to arrange to see our operation, please contact Jim or Eric IN ADVANCE (before the festival) so we can try to arrange that for you. Please note that we cannot guarantee these arrangements and may not be able to accommodate every request, depending on what is going on at the time.

If you have any questions about this event, please let either me or Eric know and we will do our best to answer them for you. I will update this e-mail next week if we get further information, and you can also visit www.nsradio.org for updates.

Thanks again to all for their continued help and support of North Shore ARES.

Jim Palmer – KB1KQW
North Shore ARES Emergency Coordinator
North Shore Assistant SKYWARN Coordinator

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Western Mass ARES Stands Down/Request for Support Done…Gardner Victim Found

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FYI….the victim has been found and assistance is no longer required. Special thanks to all those who assisted in supporting this event. See email below:

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator

Original Message:
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From: wb1arz@aol.com
Date: Sat, 07 Jul 2007 15:40:12 -0400
To: Wect@wpi.edu, echatter@cmara.org, K1vsc@yahoo.com, K1KWP@amsat.org, w1plw@aol.com, kd1cy@comcast.net, n1sr@arrl.net, kd1xp@kd1xp.org, Lrizzo@gmail.com, Ae1dg@cmara.org
Subject: Stand Down of Search and Rescue mission

Folks,
I want to personally thank everyone for your efforts today and last night, particularly those that came out and braved difficult conditions in the woods?in and around?Gardner, MA.?plus the heat and humidity this afternoon, and all of your hard work to locate this missing person.

A short while ago, I?received a telephone call from ARES SEC, WMA, John Ruggiero, N2YHK (who also serves within the WECT ranks as an Assistant Team Leader,) that the individual who was missing has been located! However, I was further informed that it is a local police matter now, which suggests a negative outcome. Sometimes these things happen and we cannot ever know why. The person in question was despondent.

Officially all groups are asked at this time to stand down. The search is over. Thank you again for your efforts and your offers to assist. If anyone has comments regarding their involvement in this action, whether limited or full blown, please email both John, N2yhk (nwyhk@wpi.edu) and myself (wb1arz@aol.com) so that we can review our response overall and figure out where we excelled and we we did not. In this we can help improve our methods for the next time something like this happens.

73 all,

Mark, WB1ARZ
ARES EC, City of Worcester
Director, WECT
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North Shore ARES Stands Down from Danvers Incident at 1800

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North Shore ARES stands down their informal ARES Net on the 145.47 Danvers NSRA Repeater at 1800 local time. No requests for assistance have been received at this time and it appears any need for Amateur Radio assistance has passed.

North Shore ARES Emergency Coordinator, Jim Palmer-KB1KQW and North Shore ARES District Emergency Coordinator, Eric Horwitz-KA1NCF, will monitor any further developments and react to any changes as required. Jim-KB1KQW reported that more than 40 Amateurs checked in on the Danvers Repeater throughout the informal net that started at 3 AM Wednesday Morning.

Special thanks to Eric, Jim, North Shore ARES and the North Shore Radio Association for their efforts today. While no deployments were required, the high level of readiness and monitoring displayed was tremendous. Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

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://users.rcn.com/rmacedo
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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stands Down From North Shore Red Cross Assistance

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….Eastern Massachusetts ARES stands down from support of the Northeast Massachusetts and Massachusetts Bay Red Cross Chapters from the Floods of May 2006….

After over a week of support for the NWS Taunton SKYWARN program and ARES activations for Masaschusetts Bay Red Cross damage assessment and distribution of care and clean up kits by the Northeast Massachusetts Red Cross chapter, ARES is standing down its operations as assistance is no longer required.

Eastern Massachusetts ARES had been reactivated to support the Northeast Massachusetts Red Cross distribution of comfort and supply kits to people in Ipswich and Gloucester, Massachusetts and possibly other surrounding areas. At 10 AM Saturday, Dave Belsky-K1DBB requested ARES support for their operations of doing community outreach and distribution of comfort and clean-up kits to various cities and towns including Ipswich and Gloucester by contacting Eric Horwitz-KA1NCF and Jim Palmer-KB1KQW. This latest assistance occurring after working with Mass. Bay Red Cross and completing the damage assessment work in the Peabody, Danvers, North Reading, Salem, Saugus and surrounding areas of Central and Southern Essex County and Eastern Middlesex Counties.

Participating in the operations for the Northeast Massachusetts Red Cross Chapter on Saturday included the following Amateurs:

N1VUX-Bill Ricker
W1KPI-Rich Moroni
KB1MRH-Matt Dempsey
KX1KTY-Gordon Gravelese
K1BTH-Blake Haskell (Home Station Support)

Coordinating Saturday’s efforts were Jim Palmer-KB1KQW, North Shore ARES Emergency Coordinator and Eric Horwitz-KA1NCF, North Shore ARES District Emergency Coordinator. Rob Macedo-KD1CY, Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator also visited the base of operations which was at the Beverly office of the Northeast Massachusetts Red Cross chapter.

On Friday, Eastern Massachusetts ARES was able to cover the needs for damage assessment on Friday. The following Amateurs participated in the operation Friday:

N1ZJ-John Zornig
W1CAC-Colin Campbell
W1LN-Bud Hartman
K1YTS-Gary Busler
W1KPI-Rich Moroni
K1DYO-Dan Howard

Net Control at the town of Brigewater EOC, which serves as the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Command Center, was done by Carl Aveni-N1FY and Dan Howard-K1DYO. When Carl-N1FY left at 3 PM, Blake Haskell-K1BTH took over net control duties from his home location. In addition, KB1KQW-Jim Palmer, North Shore ARES Emergency Coordinator and KA1NCF-Eric Horwitz, North Shore ARES District Emergency Coordinator went to the Peabody office and assisted with coordination and planning for the potential weekend operations.

Below are those Amateurs that participated in Thursday’s Operation:

W1FBI-Ed Gustat
K1DAC-Dave Cuscuna
KB1FLH-Matt Chaves
K3GRN-BK DeLong
N1QEH-Al Williams

Overseeing the operations and coordination with Massachusetts Bay Red Cross at the Peabody Office on Thursday were KA1NCF-Eric Horwitz, North Shore ARES District Emergency Coordinator, and KB1KQW-Jim Palmer, North Shore ARES Emergency Coordinator. Jim and Eric worked the phones and coordination with Red Cross and recruited Amateur Radio Operators. Net Control was done by Carl Aveni-N1FY from the town of Bridgewater EOC.

All Damage Assessment operations were on the 145.47-Danvers Repeater PL: 136.5 Hz. Special thanks to the NSRA Club for their use of the repeater for ARES Damage Assessment and SKYWARN Operations during the Floods of 2006. Also, special thanks to WI1U-Charles Anderson for use of the 145.13-Gloucester Repeater on Saturday for outreach and distribution of supplies in the Gloucester area as the Gloucester Repeater has better coverage in that area.

Thanks to all of you for your continued support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES!!

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://users.rcn.com/rmacedo

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Activates to Support North Shore Damage Assessment

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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
http://users.rcn.com/rmacedo
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MEMA Region 1 Stands Down from Supporting Flood Response Operations

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MEMA Region 1 has stood down from their response and the request for Region 1 Operators is no longer needed. Below is the note from Terry Stader-KA8SCP, Region 1 RACES Radio Officer and a list of those who responded and supported Region 1 during the flood event:

The request has been canceled. They have shut down the EOC operation from it’s response mode to a recovery effort and no longer needed the same level of staffing.

This is the list of all radio operators who assisted at Region 1 during this event.

Ernie Bauer – N1AEW
Joe Fratto – N1RLO
Walter Kahn – KB1IBG
Dennis LaFrenier – N1WLH
Darrell Mallory – K1EJ
John McGovern – W1JMC
Ron Quattrochi – KB1KRG
Ron Reder – KA1KCU
Charles Suprin – AA1VS
Terry Stader – KA8SCP
Dave Welsh – WI1R

I hope I did not miss anyone! Once again, thank you all again for your generous support during this event!

Terry

Thanks for your support in the Floods of 2006 in Northeast Massachusetts!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Taunton Massachusetts 1

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Request Eastern Massachusetts ARES To Go to Standby Moblization for Flooding

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….EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES REQUESTED TO GO TO STAND-BY MOBLIZATION TO SUPPORT SKYWARN OPERATIONS WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR ADDITIONAL SUPPORT WORK OVER THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS….
….PRIMARY TARGET ZONE FOR ARES OPERATIONS IS ESSEX, MIDDLESEX, SUFFOLK, NORFOLK AND PLYMOUTH COUNTIES. OTHER AREAS ARE REQUESTED FOR STANDBY MOBLIZATION FOR POTENTIAL ARESMAT OPERATIONS WITHIN THE EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION….
….POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING RIVALING THE OCTOBER 2005 EVENT IN STORE FOR THE REGION….

Continued heavy rains since Friday Night will stay with us through Sunday Night across Eastern Massachusetts. This will result in the potential for flooding rivaling the October 2005 event. The greatest risk is in South-Central New Hampshire, Northeast Massachusetts including the Greater Boston area and the area south of Boston from the I-95 and Route 3 corridor and points east in Norfolk and Plymouth counties. Widespread rainfall of 5-10″ with isolated higher amounts are possible in this region. The rest of Eastern Massachusetts could experience 3-6″ of rain with isolated higher amounts. The threat for flooding could last through Monday with isolated pockets of flooding possible in any scattered thunderstorms on Tuesday.

ARES Stand-by moblization means prepare for possible deployment but do NOT self-deploy. Prepare your Go Kit and make sure personal preparedness is complete so that if a deployment is required you may do so. We ask all ARES personnel that are cross-trained in SKYWARN to support SKYWARN operations by checking rivers and streams from a SAFE distance for potential flooding. This is especially important in Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Plymouth counties. Home stations that can support net control and liaison tasks are requested to do so. RACES in Region I and II and the State EOC will reactivate at 0800 Sunday Morning. Any MARS stations looking for reports suitable for EEI’s should monitor local VHF/UHF SKYWARN frequencies, 6 Meters or the New-ENG Reflector EchoLink *NEW-ENG, Node: 9123 and IRLP reflector 9123 for information that may meet the criteria.

Hopefully, this does not turn into a major operation, however, if it does, I look forward to working with all of you during this timeframe. Thanks to all of you for your continued support of ARES and SKYWARN and I’m sure Tom Kinahan, N1CPE, our state RACES Radio Officer appreciates the backup support ARES and SKYWARN provides RACES and he thanks those RACES folks that are active 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://users.rcn.com/rmacedo
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Reminder: Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for April

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A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for April is rapidly approaching.

The monthly ARES Net for April is April 3rd, 2006, at 8:30 PM on the MMRA Repeater system. This is after the RACES Nets earlier in the evening.

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 this 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
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://users.rcn.com/rmacedo
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Strong Winds for Friday and Exercise Update

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The potential exists for a widespread damaging wind event today. Due to preparations for that event, an update on the exercise will not be posted until this weekend. Thanks for your patience as we get through this active weather situation prompting SKYWARN mobilization.

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Eastern Massaschusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Taunton Massachusetts 1

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ARES Standdown Message and Update On February 25th Exercise

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….EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES STANDDOWN EFFECTIVE LATE SUNDAY EVENING WITH SECURING OF SKYWARN OPERATIONS….
….DETAILS ON FEBRUARY 25TH EXERCISE TO FOLLOW LATER THIS WEEK….

Eastern Massachusetts ARES stood down late yesterday evening with the securing of operations at both the Massachusetts State EOC and the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts. 10-20″ snowfall amounts were common across the NWS Taunton County Warning Area. Higher amounts of over 20″ were reported in the Hartford, Connecticut area and slightly lesser amounts of 6-10″ were reported in some south coastal locations of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Numerous wind gusts were reported of 45 MPH or greater with a sustained wind of 38 MPH and a gust to 69 MPH reported at WQ1O’s home in Marstons Mills, Massachusetts. This caused isolated pockets of wind damage. Also, moderate coastal flooding was reported in East Coastal Massachusetts particularly from Boston South with some of the vulnerable shore roads closed or impassable during the time of Sunday Morning’s high tide.

Concerning the ARES exercise, due to preparations for the blizzard, an update on what the exercise will involve will be posted by Wednesday or Thursday of this week. Since the exercise will largely involve home station support with little if any field station work, less preparation and lead time should be required.

Thanks to all ARES, RACES, SKYWARN and MARS Amateurs who supported the effort during this major nor’easter which was classified as the Pre-Valentine’s Day Blizzard of 2006 by the National Weather Service Sunday Afternoon.

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://users.rcn.com/rmacedo
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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Mobilization Update #2

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…..REQUEST EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES TO GO TO STAND-BY MOBILIZATION EFFECTIVE 6 AM SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12TH, 2006….
…..MOBILIZATION TO LAST THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING OR UNTIL STANDDOWN MESSAGE OR MOBILIZATION UPDATE IS POSTED….
….BLIZZARD WARNINGS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM to 7 PM SUNDAY FOR THE NORTH SHORE AND BOSTON TO HOPKINTON AREA SOUTH THROUGH CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS. HEAVY SNOW WARNING IN EFFECT FOR THE REMAINDER OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS….

All Eastern Massachusetts ARES personnel are requested to go to Standby Moblization effective 6 AM Sunday February 12th, 2006. A major nor’easter/blizzard will impact Eastern Massachusetts with 10-18 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.
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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Blizzard Coordination Message #5

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The potential blizzard slated for late tonight and Sunday will prompt a widespread SKYWARN Activation in the Eastern Massachusetts section. There is also the potential for ARES stand-by mobilization across much of the section. Blizzard Warnings are now in effect. Below is a link to Blizzard Coordination Message #5:

http://users.rcn.com/rmacedo/BCM_5.htm

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Taunton Massachusetts
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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Mobilization Update #1

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…..REQUEST EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES TO GO TO STAND-BY MOBILIZATION EFFECTIVE 6 AM SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12TH, 2006….
…..MOBILIZATION TO LAST THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING OR UNTIL STANDDOWN MESSAGE OR MOBILIZATION UPDATE IS POSTED….
….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 Moblization 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.
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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Blizzard Coordination Message #4

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The potential blizzard slated for late tonight and Sunday will prompt a widespread SKYWARN Activation in the Eastern Massachusetts section. There is also the potential for ARES stand-by mobilization across much of the section. Below is a link to Blizzard Coordination Message #4:

http://users.rcn.com/rmacedo/BCM_4.htm

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Taunton Massachusetts 1

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MEMA Region II-Bridgewater Looking for Operators

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MEMA Region II-Bridgewater Headquarters is looking for additional Amateur Radio Operators to staff their facility during the Monthly ARES/RACES Net which is on the first Monday of each month except when there is a legal holiday on the first Monday. When a legal holiday is on the first Monday, the net is moved to the second Monday of the month. Bob Mims-WA1OEZ writes the following:

The Region II MEMA Team in Bridgewater is looking for amateur volunteers interested in emergency communications to join our team. During an emergency the Region II Headquarters in Bridgewater serves as the focal point for Southeastern Mass., Cape Cod and the Islands. We also conduct the monthly RACES Training Nets for Region II. We are looking for a few operators to bring our team up to the proper number of trained operators.

Anyone interested should contact Bob Mims, WA1OEZ, Region II Radio Officer, either via e-mail to wa1oez@arrl.net, or by phone at 508-823-7443 evenings. Please cc Rob Macedo-KD1CY at rmacedo@rcn.com if you express interest to Bob in becoming a MEMA Region II Operator. 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://users.rcn.com/rmacedo
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Whittenton Pond Dam On the Mill River In Taunton ARES/RACES SitRep #5

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….Whittenton Pond Dam Amateur Radio Shelter and EOC Operations Suspended at approximately 2 PM Friday Afternoon. Operations on the dam continues….
….Taunton Emergency Management Continues to Monitor the Situation and pumping and stabilizing operations on the dam continue….
….More rain is forecast for the Taunton area and its unclear if this will severely impact dam stablization operations….

At 2 PM Friday afternoon, the Whittenton Pond Dam Amateur Radio Shelter and EOC operations were suspended. Pumping and stablization operations on the dam continues and Taunton Emergency Management is monitoring those operations. At this time, more rain of 1-2″ with isolated 3″ amounts are forecasted for the Taunton area. Its not clear what these rains will do to operations on the dam and Taunton Emergency Management is monitoring the situation.

At this time, no further assistance is required for this event. A HUGE thank you goes out to Eastern Masaschusetts ARES operators, Brad Anselmo-N1VUF from SEMARA ARES, Steve Schwarm-W3EVE from Norfolk County ARES and Dan Howard-Cape Cod ARES for participating in operations with the Taunton Emergency Management Amateur Radio team of 12 Amateurs. Also, special thanks to Joe Serrilla-W1JOE from the Bridgewater ARES/RACES team, who provided a mattress to a needed evacuee in the shelter on Monday Evening. Also, special thanks to Taunton Emergency Management for their recognition of the importance in Amateur Radio in this operation and their coordination with Eastern Massachusetts ARES during this event.

Carl Aveni-N1FY, South Shore ARES District Emergency Coordinator, Bob Mims-WA1OEZ, Region II RACES Radio Officer and I will continue to monitor the incoming rain and any impact on the dam and the city of Taunton EOC and shelter operations.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)
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Whittenton Pond Dam On the Mill River In Taunton ARES/RACES SitRep #4

Hello to all….

….Situation on the Whittenton Pond Dam Improving As Large Pumps from Hurricane Katrina are installed and running and pumping water out from the Mill River, relieving pressure on the Dam to allow for critical repairs before the next significant rain event….
….Amateurs Continue to be involved in shelter and EOC Operations in the city of Taunton with two relief operators sent from ARES this morning. The shelter maybe closed in the midday to early afternoon timeframe thus ending ARES/RACES Operations in the city of Taunton….
….ARES Operators and ARES SKYWARN Spotters Urged to Monitor Future Forecasts for significant rainfall late Saturday through Monday and possibly more rainfall in the Tuesday to Wednesday timeframe with moisture associated with Hurricane Wilma or its remnants….

The situation on the Whittenton Pond Dam is improving as large amounts of water are being pumped out of the Mill River with pumps used to pump out New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Some areas, specifically the downtown area of Taunton have been reopened, however, there are still about 18 streets closed in the city of Taunton. It is hoped that the remaining streets will be opened around the midday timeframe after coordination last night with Peter Ferreira-KB1LXG, Assistant Emergency Management Director for the city of Taunton.

Two relief operators have been sent in to the city of Taunton to assist with operations. Dan Howard-K1DYO from Cape Cod ARES and W3EVE-Steve Schwarm, Norfolk County ARES District Emergency Coordinator are deploying for 7 AM this morning. They understand the scope of the mission may change and that operations maybe shut down early or they could go through the afternoon. They are prepared to be flexible and adapt to the changing situation. They will be relieving Amateurs from the city of Taunton Emergency Management team who have been active for much of the week. Brad Anselmo-N1VUF from SEMARA (Southeast Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association) ARES provided relief operations during the midnight shift for both Wednesday and Thursday Mornings. The Taunton Emergency Management team has had 12 Hams active from their team and Amateurs from the Mansfield EOC/Sturdy Memorial team have been active as well as reported by Allan Cox-K1VQ through Carl Aveni-N1FY, South Shore ARES District Emergency Coordinator.

ARES Operators and ARES SKYWARN Spotters are preparing for another round of heavy rainfall late Saturday into Monday. Another 1-3″ of rain is possible in the region. If amounts do not get to the 4″ area, extensive renewed flooding is not expected but if rainfall reaches or exceeds 4″ of rain, more flooding problems will develop. We are also keeping an eye on Hurricane Wilma as remnants or moisture from Wilma could affect the region Tuesday into Wednesday and if it is significant, it could result in significant renewed flooding and that threat is being monitored as well.

The situation in Taunton continues to be monitored by Rob Macedo, KD1CY, Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator, Carl Aveni, South Shore ARES District Emergency Coordinator, and Bob Mims, WA1OEZ, MEMA Region II RACES Radio Officer. Further updates will be posted as needed and as time allows.Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
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Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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