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First Meeting of 2013

Posted by KD4CAL PIO/PRO on February 27, 2013 at 1:00 AM

On February 1, 2013 the Calhoun County ARES/RACES had it's first meeting of 2013 at the Calhoun County EMA office in Jacksonville, AL. We were pleased to have Jonathan Gaddy, EMA Director, and Greg Militano, EMA Officer II who also attended and shared some of the things that the EMA will be doing in the future.


David Spinks, W4EMG, the newly appointed RACES Commander introduced the new Command Staff of Joey Dodd, KJ4CYK, who will be in charge of RACES radios at the EOC. Tracy Stephens, KI4OZG, will continue to be the Public Information/Relations Officer. David Wilhoite, KM4DLW, will be in charge of Shelter/Hospital Communications. And Lisa Luanne Spinks, N3LUE, is in charge of the Emergency Mobile Communications Trailer. Each of the new Command Staff took a little time to introduce themselves and explain a little what their roles and plans are for the group. Lisa gave a very outstanding and moving power-point presentation about her and David's role, as well as the rest of the group, during and after the April 27th tornado in 2011.


Other members present were John R Davis, W5AUB, Ed Willis, KI4NEM, Don Reed, KK4KKK, Trey Hudson, AK4QL, Buddy Lique, KK4JIW, Mike Phillips, KI4KOT, Dave Dostie, AE9Q, and Peggy Wilhoite, KM4MPW.

When a disaster happens, the Calhoun County EMA is ready to respond. The EMA works with local first responders, the Calhoun County Civil Defense Emergency Group, the American Red Cross, the Calhoun County HAZMAT Team, the Salvation Army, the Calhoun County Citizen Corps program, and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) among many others. Even while a disaster is ongoing, the Calhoun County EMA works with citizens and businesses to begin the recovery effort.


For more information about the Calhoun County EMA, please visit http://www.calhounema.org/

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RACES Repeater Information:


146.780- Primary EMCOMMS

145.280- D-STAR

443.350+ D-STAR


The Calhoun County ARES/RACES EMA Training Net meets every Monday night @ 7:00PM on 146.780-.

Important NOAA Weather Radio Information:

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To ensure that you are receiving the correct weather information for Calhoun County, AL make sure your weather radio is set to Channel 4 (162.475MHz) and the Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) code is 001015.

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FLOOD WATCH — Conditions are right for flooding to happen soon.

FLOOD WARNING — Flooding is occurring. Be prepared to evacuate if told to do so.

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