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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:

(examples of some our accomplishment are further down on this page)

  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 examples of items we have done with the above system:

         July 7, 2018 Relay Information during Search for Missing Person:  Radio traffic (on 760) from K7TDK advised that the Sheriff’s Office and volunteers were searching for a lost youth in the area of Long Hay Flat Rd., and Highway 44.  Resources were exhausted and request was made for more volunteers.   A name was provided for the missing person,  but the description of the missing person was not available.  K6PDS called the Sheriff’s Office (non emergency number) and obtained a detailed description of the missing person (Autistic juvenile, age 15, male, blond hair,  5 feet tall, weight 100 pounds, wearing: a black T shirt, blue jeans, green hoody with orange writing on it).  K6PDS transmitted this information on the 760 and 640 repeaters.  KM6IQS relayed information from Sheriff  dispatch.  KQ6CS advised that he was preparing to join the search. Subsequently, K7TDK advised that the youth had been located and was safe.  KM6IQS transmitted on the 760 and 640 repeater that the youth had been found.

         June 28, 2018 - Smoke:  SER operator (PDS) in Shasta Forest Village was awakened by the smell of “light” smoke at about 3:30 A.M.  He went outside and took the wind direction (azimuth) and odor level(s).  He walked his street and another street mindful of wind direction and attempted to locate the source (and to determine that it wasn’t merely a fire in a fireplace). At this time no smoke was visible in the street or from any property. He finally narrowed the search area down (by smell and wind direction) and alerted a resident (who was working outside) as to the smell of smoke near the person’s property – the resident advised that he didn’t have a fire in his fireplace.  At about 4:15 A.M., PDS called Cal Fire since had not found any homes with smoke coming out of a chimney.   Shortly thereafter, the smoke level increased and intensified to where it was now blowing across the street and became visible (use of a flashlight reflecting high particulate matter in the air showed the source being on the opposite side of the wooden fence). PDS looked over the 6 foot wooden fence and saw a fire burning with flames 2 to 3 feet in height emanating from a burning stump next to the wooden fence. Dry leaves and debris were on the fence line (opposite side). The resident of the house with the fire claimed he didn’t start the fire, he was trying to “burn ants” earlier.  He apparently thought the fire was “out”.  The fire and flames were extinguished.  The burn was illegal. If the wooden fence and yard debris had ignited, both homes close to the fire may have ignited. A potential forest fire was averted. No neighbors appeared to even know what had happened as they slept. 

      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).

       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. 

        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.

        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. 

        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.  

         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... ). 

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

Actions taken by radio operators in using this 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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