A.R.E.S. is looking for amateur radio volunteers to help with the efforts in Joplin, Missouri Tuesday through Friday of this upcoming week.
visit http://www.jasperares.org and click on the volunteer link if you are interested in volunteering in the area.
Myself and another ham can be there Tuesday evening. I can be reached at email@example.com or 507-722-1290.
The town needs much more help than radio amateurs can give. It needs bulldozers, house builders and construction workers, and most of all it needs money and it needs it now, not three years time. It also needs to have every new house built to much higher standards with brick construction and every house with an underground storm shelter to protect the citizens from storms which will occur in the future
You are correct . They need money to rebuild . Please send 500 Euros to the disater relief fund in care of the
Joplin, Missouri Mayor .
" What a revoltin ' development this is ! "
Chester A. Reilly ( William Bendix )
No doubt, they need far more than we can provide as amateurs, but in other events like this, hams do often play an important role, providing needed communications for non-governmental relief groups. The scale of this disaster is such that some form of radio communication is needed to coordinate the volunteer efforts.
Originally Posted by G0GQK
People in the U.S. midwest are very generous of their time, energy and resources when tornadoes and other calamities strike.
I'd wager that some of the groups with which ARES is associated - that don't have radios of their own - like Salvation Army and the Baptist Men's Relief organization will benefit from those ARES volunteers.
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I filled out the sheet - I plan on arriving in Joplin Thursday morning and staying until Sunday. KC0UCN. I'm bringing my emergency comm trailer for shelter and sleeping quarters.
What is your operating freq?
Hello Everyone and thanks for the response. Internet has been a hard thing to get the past few days. Our primary operating frequency is 145.350mhz +
Yes, we the city does need a lot more than ham's, but during the search and rescue efforts ham radio played a very important role. Our guys have been worked to the bone, having made around 6 passes through the debris.
We will know very soon what our next move is, cleanup efforts are now going to begin as we have taken care of the immediate threat to human life.
Here is a letter from our ARES EC:
Please forward this to your ARES groups as well as local ham clubs, etc.
Ladies & Gentlemen
I want to thank all of you that volunteered and came to Joplin to help with communications as well as those of you that are still contacting me to see if additional help is needed.
However, due to the ending of the "search & recovery mode" and going to the debris and potential body part removal, the decision was made that effective at the end of shift today (Monday May 30, 2011) all ham communications from the EOC's to the field operations is being stood down. We do have some ARES operators that are scheduled and will continue to work with SATERN through the rest of this week.
Ham communications between Springfield and Joplin started Sunday night between Freeman Hospital in Joplin and some of the hospitals in Springfield as that was the only means of communication and that was shut down Monday morning where their needs were met.
Likewise, the radio station at the Springfield Red Cross was started Sunday evening to allow comms between the Springfield & Joplin offices and to the shelter that was set up in Joplin. That communication link stayed open until Tuesday as it was the only reliable method of communications.
I asked Cecil Higgins, AC0HA the ADEC for District D to respond to Joplin on Tuesday morning and act as "Ham in Charge" during the disaster and help to set up additional communication links as required. Thomas Zeller, KB0ORZ EC for Jasper County and LaVerne Wilson, NQ0B EC for Newton County were already in place, with members of their respective ARES groups trying to support the EOC's & Red Cross but relief was needed.
Our Ham operators expended over 1900 hours during this week and we are still counting as we have additional hours to record. And this was for the Hams reporting through the EOC. Countless other hours were spent by individuals hams helping in various ways plus when you include the travel time -- What an unbelievable response.
I know that many of you were scrambling to find the necessary equipment, etc. to allow you to come help this week and I'm sorry that I had to put you through that type of exercise -- but we can only respond as we are asked to do by the served agencies.
It is a great feeling to me to know that I am part of an organization with people willing to give up vacation time, etc. to help out in a time of need. I hope we don't have another need anytime soon but it is nice to know that we have Hams & ARES members ready to serve.
I will try to get some additional data posted to the ARES website in the next couple of days (www.ares-mo.org)
Again, I can't Thank you all enough.
Kenneth Baremore WØKRB
Section Emergency Coordinator
ARES® Missouri Section
Amateur Radio Emergency Service®
Originally Posted by N0CSW
KD0JMH Rich Lofftus here and I want to first thank you for what you have done.
I am NOT a fan of the title "whacker" or the negative image that has been propagated regarding the service hams can indeed serve.
I rolled down this weekend with a car trailer loaded with 4500 lbs of supplies out of ST Louis. I was disappointed to find that the presidents arrival basically shut down assistance efforts on Sunday.
I am heading down again this weekend to see if there is anything I can do to assist and bring more stuff.
I can not commit to 3 days of service, I have a job. I am not an idiot and I understand a lot of things but I do not understand some of the issues that are faces that turn qualified persons away.
I contacted ECOM this last weekend and was turned away. What is it that makes myself, my significantly modified 4wd capable of 60k winching capacity, 30 plus years experience in vehicle recovery totally worthless to such a situation because I can not attend ARES meetings held during my working hours?
I have all band all mode equipment in that vehicle, yet drove back to Springfield picked up gust and then traveled PAST Joplin to the casino in OK sice I was turned away.
You can answer via PM or public but I HAVE to tell you I am curious as to why an able bodied man was dismissed with a great deal of skills and equipment available.