The September meeting featured a presentation by Jack Robinson from the Midland Amateur Radio Club (MARC). Jack is Midland County’s ARES/RACES leader (EC/RO) and spent 6 weeks at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during the historic flood in Midland after two dams failed. Jack’s talk covered the events to evacuate 11,000 residents out of harm’s way, what kind of assignments the ARES/RACES folks helped out with, and how the local radio club participated in Midland’s ongoing recovery.
It is hopped that this presentation will spark interest within the CARS member community. One of the things that we learned from this presentation is that there is more to emergency communications than emergency communications. We learned that if you want to be a member of an emergency team you need to speak the emergency lingo. For example, we don’t have emergencies but rather, we have “events.” And guess what… when you acquire badly needed supplies…somebody still has to pay for them and keep records of their disposition.
If you would like to get some hints on how you might link in with an existing emergency communications team, please contact Jack at his ARRL email shown.
Jack is a recently retired computer scientist and amateur extra who enjoys all things technology. This includes drones, 3D printing, home automation, and teaching robotics to local students. Bring your questions and some popcorn, this should be an informative presentation. PDF notes for Jacks presentation are attached to the announcements web page.
Max Schneider (KE8DON), the Michigan Section Emergency Coordinator for AuxComm, spoke to us for 10 minutes about AuxCom concerning its history, nature, and applicability to amateur radio for our region and county. Please let yours truly know if you would like Max invited back to give a feature presentation on AuxComm.
Candidates for the ARRL Great Lakes Board of Directors (Dale Williams and Michael Kalter) poped into the meeting for a couple of minutes before 7pm to introduce themselves and tell us where more information could be obtained. Both Michael Kalter’s (W8CI) and Dale Williams PDF bios are attached for download.