Important Team Safety Advisory

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ACT members participating in the march cleanup in Mastic Beach are reminded that Safety is very important. Please try to follow these basic safety tips as you go about your day.

1. Use the buddy system (working in pairs of two when possible).

2. Wear appropriate safety vest, jacket or shirt at all times along with your ACT Team ID card.

3. Use appropriate safety gear as needed. I.e. gloves, eye protection, hard hat, etc.

4. Stay in contact with the ACT Team Emergency Coordinator and Net Control at all times Via the Primary Repeater (W2DQ) 2 METER, 145.210, PL 136.5 / Auxiliary Repeater (W2DQ) 70 CM, 446.625, PL 110.9. and or cell phone. If possible download and use the “life360” application.

5. Do NOT handle any hazardous waste or dangerous items. Any such items need to be called into the event coordinator. Give detailed description of the items and exact location so that they can notify the proper authority to handle it.

6. Use your vehicles warning flashers when you or others are outside of vehicles and working near the roadway. If you have an “amber warning light” for your vehicle it is suggested that you use it.

7. Do NOT violate any NYS Vehicle and Traffic laws.

8. Keep you vehicle out of the roadway when parked.

9. Notify the Net Control Operator of any Emergencies. Give the nature of emergency, the location and what services you need. I.e. Ambulance, Police or Fire Department.

10. Report in to the Net Control and our ACT TEAM Emergency Coordinator when you arrive and deport the operation.

Thank you in advance for supporting your Team and your community.

ACT Team Safety Officer – Origen S. Symes, KD2MRN

 

Lighthouse Mission Update

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The #LighthouseMission is in desperate need of Winter Coats of all sizes for disadvantaged folks. If you can donate clothes, please contact:

Lighthouse Mission (feeding 3200 folks weekly)
1543 Montauk Hwy
North Bellport, New York
Call (631) 758-7584
Follow The Mission on Facebook

Changes Coming to the Amateur Radio Emergency Service

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) has been the public service communications program of the ARRL since 1935. Over the program’s eight decades it has occasionally undergone updates to make sure it meets the needs of partners at all levels, adjusts to changes in the Amateur Radio Service, and incorporate lessons learned from emergency and disaster activations. However, the last major update to ARES occurred more than 40 years ago, and it is quite clear that a lot has changed since then.

So, two years ago, the ARRL board of directors created the Public Service Enhancement Working Group to study the ARRL’s public service offerings and recommend changes and improvements. The working group focused on many areas including training, volunteer management, field organization positions, and mission – all areas of concern brought to the board and staff’s attention from those in the field. The recommendations were vetted through a peer review group of field organization volunteers and readied for implementation.

In the months ahead, you will receive information on enhancements coming to the ARES program, including:

  • A new national mission statement for ARES
  • New national training requirements and local training resources for ARES
  • Updated field organization job descriptions
  • Improved ARES operating guidelines
  • New ARES group benefits
  • A new volunteer management system – ARES Connect

The first step in the next evolution of ARES is group identification. Currently there is no way to identify ARES groups or their associated volunteers with a searchable unique designator, which makes reporting and accountability difficult. Beginning January 1, 2018 ARES groups will need to sign up for their unique ARES identification number. This number will be utilized by the ARES Connect system and provide ARES groups with unique benefits (think club affiliation, but for ARES!).

Once ARES groups receive their identification numbers they will be eligible for benefits including:

  • ARES book sets (great for the EOC or Red Cross radio room)
  • New ham referral
  • Early access to the annual ARES Report
  • Email forwarding, which will provide ARES groups that have a club callsign with a uniform “call sign@arrl.net
  • More to come!

Groups that will need an ARES identification number include local level (city/county/district) and section level. Information about the ARES identification application process will be sent out the week before the application system opens.

If you have any questions, please contact ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, ki1u@arrl.org

ARRL Public Service Enhancement Working Group

Dale Williams, WA8EFK

Chairman

South Country Ambulance News – 12/19/17

Proposed South Country Ambulance Building

Proposed South Country Ambulance Building

 Congratulations to South Country Ambulance for obtaining the additional funding needed to build the new ambulance facility.

Support South Country Ambulance!

TEAM MEMBERS – Go to Brookhaven Town Hall on December 19th at 5:30 PM to support South Country Ambulance’s request for their new facility! For more information, please call South Country Ambulance at: 631-286-3400…

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