America’s PreparAthon – April 6 from 7 to 8 pm – Patchogue-Medford Library

From The Desk of Marian Russo:
Americas PrepareAthonAttached is the flyer for the event on April 6th.  Please share with your members and the public.  A flyer in Spanish will be sent shortly.  Thank you to Toni Dean, Chair of the GPCOAD Training and Education Committee and to Danielle Paisley, Assistant Director of the Patchogue-Medford Library, for their work on this event.
The GPCOAD will be participating in the open house at Paumanok Veternarian Hospital on Route 112 in Patchogue on Sunday April 3rd from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  A copy of the flyer is attached.
We have also been invited to participate in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church community fair on April 10th.  More information to follow.
On May 3rd Touro Law School will be at Patchogue-Medford Library on what consumers need to know when purchasing homeowners insurance.  Flyer to follow.
Volunteer opportunities exist for community outreach.  Let me know if you have an hour or two or four to share our message of safety with the community at the events on April 3rd, April 6th, and April 10th.
I thank you all for your commitment to the well being of our community.   I look forward to seeing you at these events.

More on Jamming in Metro New York – Help Me Help You

Good Morning –

To those of you who are reporting jamming using the format found at

You have my profound thanks for your ongoing help.

To those who are still writing me to tell me that I am “wasting my
time,” “nothing will be done by the FCC,” “you’re going about
this all wrong since no one cares,” “we’ve done this before,”
etc., etc., etc.  This is addressed to you.

I cannot help you if you do not help me in this endeavor.  Which
reminds me of the marching orders from when we were young – – – if
you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

One of the byproducts of all the work we’ve been doing in Washington
for the Parity Act is that we’ve been developing a brand.  That has
allowed us to seek help from legislators who have been informed of the
effect of the FCC scale-down in enforcement on licensed radio services.
The resulting letter from Rep. King to FCC Chairman Wheeler has had
some effect.  To that end we are addressing the current effort to
provide the same information that we have been providing for over the
past decade all over again.

You’re angry?  So am I.  You’re frustrated?  So am I.  You think
it’s hopeless?  I DON’T!

You’ve asked me to help do something to curb the jamming.  This is
it.  So please stop complaining to me and start assisting me.  Help me
to help you.  Stop whining to me and help me do something about

There are reasons for the way in which we are collecting the data in
this manner.  “Helpful” suggestions as to how to do this
differently are really not helpful at this time.

I guarantee you that if we don’t put this information together now,
(yes, once again) this effort will fail and we’ll only have ourselves
to blame.  And I won’t be able to do anything about it.

So, to borrow once again from popular slogans – – – if you hear
something, say something.

To all; please do not assume that someone else will be filing the
information of an incident.  If many people send in the same
notification for the same incident, that’s great!  EVERYONE NEEDS TO
BE INVOLVED at all times. Repeater owners, trustees, and users.

WE NEED TO SHOW THE OVERALL PICTURE.  One incident report is not
enough.  We need to show the overall effect of the jamming so that the
powers that be can see the issue on a grand scale.

Again, we need everybody at all times so that we can illustrate what is
happening to all the licensed radio services in metropolitan New York.

One report is not enough.  We need hundreds.  Thousands.

CERT Academy Class – Spring 2016



From the Desk of Andrew McCaffery
Community Emergency Evacuation Coordinator
Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services
P.O. Box 127, Yaphank N.Y. 11980

Free CERT Academy Class – Spring 2016

It is my pleasure to invite you to our Spring Suffolk County Community Emergency Response (CERT) Academy Orientation that is scheduled for Monday, April 11, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00PM at the Suffolk County Fire Academy Office Building (directions are attached) located off of Yaphank Avenue in Yaphank. Please bring your driver’s license and two other forms of identification along with copies of any certifications that you feel would be beneficial to document on your membership application. This Orientation is mandatory in order to continue the required 13 unit CERT training course which will start on Monday, April 18, 2016. Kindly RSVP your attendance to the Orientation by replying to Please include your name when replying.

Over the 13 weeks, Topics covered are:
American Heart Association CPR/AED
American Red Cross Disaster Services
American Red Cross Shelter Operations
Disaster Psychology
Emergency Medical Operations
Fire Safety
Introduction to ICS & CERT
Light Search and Rescue
NIMS IS 700a