Mt Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC)
 Club Meeting
 
 Open to All!
 Join Us for Dinner and a Show!
 Cash Sales Dinner available right outside the room.
 
 Friday Evening, Oct. 18, 2019
 7:00 PM
 Salon E


The Camp Fire;
Phone, Fires and Failures
    
                                                                                   
Alan Thompson, W6WN

Alan will cover some of the events in the Camp Fire, what his Team saw and heard there, and offer suggestions on ways our Club might help our own community stay safer in the event of similar disasters here.

This is a presentation on The Camp Fire, with an emphasis on emergency communications planning and execution that went badly wrong and some suggestions on how to help our communities in the event of similar disasters here. This is clear: We must find more resilient solutions to help ensure our communities get timely, life-saving information about fast-moving disasters like the Camp Fire, especially in light of our present-day over-reliance on cell phones and the Internet for everything - technologies which, in turn, depend on a trillion dollars of vulnerable infrastructure not to fail.

Presentation Outline:
•    Time Line detailing the sequence of events that unfolded on November 8, the first day of the fire
•    Catastrophic points of failure that impacted emergency communications, alerts, and evacuations
•    Our Team's role in restoring damaged cell phone services, and day-lighting the vulnerabilities that caused us to be there in the first place
•    Suggestions for actions we can all take right now to help improve emergency communications in our own, local communities
•    The role that "Radio For The Rest of Us" might play in this effort (this part is only an introduction to a separate presentation)

And don't miss part two of this presentation, Radio For The Rest of Us, Saturday, 4:00 PM – 4:50 PM in the Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salons G/H.

Alan Thompson, W6WN
Alan first became a Ham at age 11. At the time, he was the 2nd youngest licensed Ham Radio Operator in the US. But, like many of us, he let his license expire, and just came back on the air in December 2017 after a 35-year career in the Satellite TV and Internet industry. He's currently the Owner and Field Engineer for El Dorado Networks in Diamond Springs. His projects have included work for Facebook, Intelsat, and Merrill Lynch, and, most recently, as part of a Disaster Recovery Team to help T-Mobile restore their cell phone service shortly after the Camp Fire in November.