Amateur radio operators prepare as Hurricane Ian strengthens

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09/27/2022

ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) groups and volunteers have stepped up their preparations as the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports that Hurricane Ian continues to rapidly intensify. At 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time Tuesday, September 27, Ian is a Category 3 hurricane located 305 miles south-southwest of Sarasota, Florida with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph and moving southward. north at almost 10 mph. Ian is expected to approach the west coast of Florida as an extremely dangerous major hurricane.

In a Monday evening special bulletin, the ARRL West Central Florida (WCF) Chapter reported that several ARES groups in the chapter had been activated at the request of their serviced agencies or in accordance with their local ARES plan. “All ARES, ACS and CERT personnel are encouraged to continue to check every advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center in Miami and the tropical weather forecast issued four times daily by the National Hurricane Center” , added the WCF section. newsletter. “All ARES, ACS, and CERT personnel are to complete all readiness activities by Tuesday evening and maintain communication with their respective leaders, in the event of activation.”

The North Florida (NFL) ARRL Chapter is actively monitoring Ian, reminding volunteers to take care of their personal belongings and family first, check their equipment and make sure everything is in order and operational. Volunteers were also asked not to self-deploy. “We should only deploy if our local counties, serviced agencies, or the state of Florida request it,” an NFL ARES chapter stressed. activation status report.

Here is a statement from the NFL Arc Thames Chapter Emergency Coordinator, W4CPD, which serves as the Florida State Amateur Radio Liaison:

“In response to Hurricane Ian, our ARRL leadership team in Florida is in direct communication with Florida State ESF-2 resources, including the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, since Friday, September 23. The Florida Division of Emergency Management requested the activation of HF amateur radio emergency networks, as well as providing resources to staff the various positions needed throughout the state. We are asking all amateur radio operators to cede the use of all frequencies used for Hurricane Ian to allow for the smooth flow of traffic between agencies during this activation. Hurricane Ian is expected to have a major impact across much of the state due to high winds and storm surges that will affect the state for an extended period.

“We remind our operators that we are not deploying alone. All deployment requests will come directly from the agencies served. While help is greatly appreciated, we must follow established processes to ensure everyone is accounted for and has a defined mission.

Amateur radio operators can follow Hurricane Ian advisories on the main menu of the VoIP Hurricane Net website at https://voipwx.net, or on the NHC website at https://www.nhc.noaa.gov.

The Hurricane Watch Net is active and operates on 14.325 MHz.

Radio amateurs wishing to monitor or participate in hurricane networks should visit these two useful and informative links:

The Hurricane Watch Net – Useful Links

VoIP Hurricane Net

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