Do 1 Thing: 12 months of PREPARING (Words in BLUE are links, click on each one to learn more)
GOAL FOR JANUARY: Understand what puts you at risk from disasters and take steps to lower your risk.
GOAL FOR FEBRUARY: Have 72 hours (3 days) worth of water stored for your household.
GOAL FOR MARCH: Know how to respond safely when instructions are given to evacuate or take shelter.
GOAL FOR APRIL: Have an emergency food supply that will meet the needs of your household for three days without outside help.
GOAL FOR MAY: Make sure the people who count on you are prepared for a disaster.
GOAL FOR JUNE: Be aware of and prepare for your family’s unique needs.
GOAL FOR JULY: Have the ability to communicate with family members during a disaster. Today we have more ways to speak with one another than ever
GOAL FOR AUGUST: Make your community stronger by getting trained and getting involved.
GOAL FOR SEPTEMBER: Be Informed. Make sure everyone in your household can receive, understand, and act on information received in an emergency. Getting correct information during an emergency
GOAL FOR OCTOBER: Power. Be able to safely meet your basic needs during an electrical outage. We count on electricity for heat, food, and medical needs.
GOAL FOR NOVEMBER : Emergency Supplies. Remember important items that may be overlooked when leaving your home in a disaster.
GOAL FOR DECEMBER: First Aid. Be prepared to give first aid while waiting for an ambulance. An emergency can happen at any time and any place.
SKWARN Storm Spotting & Reporting
Wood County Storm Spotters and ARES are to use the UNITY REPEATER (145.410) when Weather Alerts have been issued.
In then event of threatening or severe weather, MAARS will run a net on the MARSHFIELD REPEATER (147.180)
Most scanners are capable of receiving Amateur Radio Frequencies.
When the power goes out, TV don't work and internet goes down, RADIOS WORK! Keep a battery powered radio and scanner in your READY KIT.
DID YOU KNOW that when the National Weather Service announces a "Radar Indicated" warning or watch, they don't know what's actually happening on the ground? TRAINED Storm Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators activate and report in to Net Control who is in contact with the National Weather Service, giving them the REAL TIME activity.
Don't live in the area? Amateur Radio Clubs and Operators are EVERYWHERE, ask around and find YOUR local frequency to listen in on.
For information on becoming a Storm Spotter, go to https://www.weather.gov/meg/Skywarn_Spring2022
As Hams we have to face the reality that the underlying reason we do this is to assist in any way we can in the event of disaster or emergency weather it be local or afar. We need to maintain a state of readiness at all times, not only for radio stuff but for life in general.
There are many resources available to assist us in planning and preparing, but where do you start? Here we will try to give you some basic steps that you can take.