FYI--Volunteering to assist in Joplin, MO

John W. Smith

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Subject: Volunteering to assist in Joplin, MO
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2011 09:26:31 -0400 (EDT)
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The following is a message from ARRL HQ to facilitate the Amateur Radio
Assistance with served agencies after the end of the Search and Rescue
phase of the Joplin MO operation. If you are interested in assisting
and meet the requirements, please follow the instructions found in the
ARRL HQ message.
Dale Bagley, ARRL MO SM
In accord with our Memorandum of Understanding with The Salvation Army,
we are looking for volunteers to aid them in their work in Joplin,
Missouri at this time. There is a specific process to be followed in
doing this, so please read this information carefully.

The Salvation Army continues to provide food, drink and other items of
basic care to survivors and rescue workers in the impacted areas of
Joplin, MO. While cell phone coverage is no longer much of a problem
in Joplin, amateur radio continues to be important in certain
operations such as those of the Salvation Army where the ability for
several persons to hear what is going on at the same time is an asset.

As a SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network) operator, if
deployed, you will be asked to go out on Salvation Army vehicles into
the areas impacted by the Joplin tornado to supply logistical support.
The Salvation Army vehicles supply basic human needs (particularly food
and drink) and you will play a big part in the operation. You will
relay information as to inventory, requests for food and drink,
maintenance problems that develop, etc. It may surprise you, but at
certain periods of the day the radio traffic has been almost constant.
The Salvation Army Disaster Response Operations are now running from 7
a.m. to as late as 9 p.m.


Wait to be contacted for possible deployment and assignment.

The qualifications for being assigned are:

ü Technician or higher Amateur Radio license.

ü Good health – you will encounter 100 degree heat, exertion
and long hours. You need to be in good shape!

ü Ability to take on a 3 to 5 day deployment in the field.

ü Have an HT and a mobile (VHF/UHF) radio – also having APRS is
a big plus.

ü Experience with disaster responses. ARES leadership experience
a plus.

ü NIMS/ICS training with a minimum of IS-100, IS-200 completed.

The process to volunteer is:

1. Send an email to emergency@...

Include name, call, contact information (phone& email), location

and specific information on how you meet each of the criteria

2. Your information will be checked against the current needs

3. If cleared, your contact information will be sent to our liaison
with SATERN field leadership.

4. If assigned, you will be contacted by SATERN directly and given
further instructions.

The Salvation Army will try to supply you with some type of lodging, if
available. If deployed, you should consider bringing a sleeping bag or
make other sleeping arrangements should you need to be housed at the
Salvation Army.

SATERN operations in Joplin are being held on the 147.00 (positive
offset) repeater. If you are deployed, you will need at minimum a
2-meter handheld radio with a spare battery pack (or cigarette lighter
adapter) and a magnetic mount antenna. Due to some communications
problems experienced on 2-meters within the impacted area, a 2-meter
mobile radio with magnetic mount antenna would be desirable.
Additional information will be furnished to you.

No reimbursement for travel or any other expenses has been authorized
at this time. Therefore, I would recommend that you record your mileage
and save your receipts. You may be able to deduct your mileage from
your taxes (consult your tax preparer). The Salvation Army will of
course provide you food and drink while on duty.


ARRL Missouri Section
Section Manager: Dale C Bagley, K0KY

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