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 Emergency Radio Comms - 

The "Shingletown Emergency Radio" Plan ("SER")

Here are a few of the positive community service procedures and activities conducted by Ham Radio Operators using the SER PLAN:

  1.  Smoke Ham Radio Reporting system to facilitate locating unknown sources of smoke / fire in our hills / mountains by using radio reports from station operators. The reporting system is for the purpose of triangulating on potential sources of smoke / fire  using wind speed, wind direction, Station QTH, odor level, smoke / haze concentrations, etc..., and then reporting results to CalFire.

    2.  Earthquake Ham Radio Reporting system to record levels of earthquake severity by geographic area. Standardized reporting information to be provided to CalFire and other emergency responders so resources can be dispatched  to areas likely having higher levels of damage / injuries.

    3.  Brevity Ham Radio Situation Reporting system to provide information on such matters as:  severe snow storms, trees down, electrical power out, phone services not working, internet not working, 911 services not working,  families in need of food, water, blankets, medical, etc... .

     4.  Tone alert activation system procedures for different levels of activation (including an alert frequency and procedure for participating stations).

     5.  Frequency plan,  and prioritization to address repeater failures due to lack of power, mechanical failure, busy frequencies, etc... . Stations are to merely follow the specific frequency plan and rotation (and SCAN THE PLAN 24 /7 as best they can). VHF, HF and Digital are part of the plan.  CW is in process.

    And here are a few items we have done with the above system:

     1.  Arson Watch Radio teams set up on patrol in the woods late at night. There was an arsonist starting fires in the wooded areas. Radio Plan included (using a sub net procedure): scheduled check ins, reporting, and Net Control Station (home base).

      2.  Vehicle accident on highway 44 during icy road conditions - truck with trailer lost control, hitting tree.  Radio call from vehicle made. Home base station relayed accident information to 911.  Home base station went to scene, set up flares and directed traffic until Highway Patrol arrived. 

       3.  Vehicle accident on highway 44, person ejected from vehicle rollover (person went through the air about 30 feet).   Radio relay made to 911.  Station operators directed traffic, and station operator (with medical training) (who heard the report on the  radio) drove to the scene and assisted before paramedics arrived. 

       4.  Elderly lady was being followed home by suspicious individual  to remote area. Radio call made and home base station relayed to 911.  The suspect vehicle was pulled over by the Sheriff before he got out of Shingletown.  Arrest made on outstanding warrants.

        5.  2017, summer, multiple fires (along side of road) in  downtown Shingletown.  Radio operators arrived, helped direct traffic. Station operators drove from Viola to Shasta Forest Village (and other areas) being on the look out for a specific suspicious vehicle, and looking for any other fires. Additionally, station operators drove back roads. 

        6.  2017, approximately 7 suspicious fires started in the woods near homes in Shingletown. Cal Fire responded with ground and air support.  Radio station set up Field Radio Station Net near fire, and provided information on fire status. Other stations relayed reports into the  Field Radio Station Net (e.g., information from Cal Fire dispatch etc... ).  Residents monitoring were able to know factual information on scene as well as heard the relayed reports on the status of the fire.  

         7.  Developed and placed in use a  Q Code monitoring report system for smoke reporting which can be  done periodically and randomly from home base stations as well as mobile stations who give reports from or near lookout points and anywhere they may be.  Purpose is to provide very short report formats, providing specific information, so as to facilitate monitoring by operators who are working and can't listen to a lot of radio talk.  Reports may be while a station is mobile and  traveling on Highway 44, traveling on Highway 5, or traveling and/or located in: Redding, Millville, Palo Cedro, Manton, Cottonwood,  Whitmore,  Mt. Lassen National Park, etc... ). 

            8.  We conduct weekly drills for earthquake, situation reports, and smoke / fire.

Actions taken by radio operators beyond the radio communication plan are the responsibility of the  individuals personally.

You don't have to "join" or become a "member".  Just turn on your radio, follow the PLAN, and help out.

Help stop disasters before they happen.

 Call 474-3267 for information. 


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   Nathan Zeliff  / ShastaDefense