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Ohio Section News

Scott Yonaly, N8SY Ohio Section Manager (Real article)

FirstNet Project

The United States Government is going to award AT&T with FirstNet Project – it’s a $6.5 billion deal with AT&T to build a nationwide wireless broadband network for first responders, a project that was proposed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks but has struggled to get off the ground. The decision is a major step forward for FirstNet, as the program is called. A nationwide wireless broadband network that police, fire and other first responders could use exclusively during an emergency was one of dozens of recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission in 2004. Currently, first responders share wireless networks with regular customers, meaning communications can get clogged due to network congestion during an emergency. Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the 25-year contract to AT&T and its partners, which include Motorola Solutions, according to people familiar with the matter. We're going to make history building America's first nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety. Working with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), AT&T will build and manage a network that will strengthen and modernize public safety's communications capabilities, enabling them to operate faster, more safely and more effectively when lives are on the line. Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, said, "We are honored to work with FirstNet to build a network for America's police, firefighters and EMS personnel that is second to none. This is an unprecedented public-private investment in infrastructure that makes America a leader and public safety a national priority." AT&T will work with FirstNet to deliver a dedicated, interoperable network and ecosystem that will cover all 50 states, 5 U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, including rural communities and tribal lands in those states and territories. The network will help improve communications among members of the public safety community. And that's something that everyone – first responders, employees, customers, shareholders, and even those who don't do business with us – can benefit from during an emergency. Our work on FirstNet is expected to create 10,000 U.S. jobs across our company and contractors over the next two years. The network buildout will begin later this year. SEVERE WEATHER SYMPOSIUM (from Michael Schulsinger, N8QHV) The Ohio State University MetClub is hosting the 21st Severe Weather Symposium.  The symposium is free, though there is a charge for parking at the Ohio Union on OSU's main campus. The 2017 symposium is scheduled for Friday, April 24th.  Lunch is available in the Union, or at restaurants across High Street. I have attended most of these and only regretted one year - the year a tornado outbreak plowed across northern Kentucky, southern Indiana and southern Ohio during the conference!  The link to RSVP is http://u.osu.edu/metclub . Hope to see everyone there! NIMS / ICS Training The numbers are growing for sure! Here’s the latest count we have on everyone.. Members in the database 701. Members completing all 4 required NIMS courses 491. Total Number of the Courses taken by everyone in the database 4628,  Here’s the link so that you can find out if your name is on the list..  http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/special/nims_roster.html  During a recent conversation, it was mentioned that some folks in border counties in Ohio may be registered in our surrounding Section ARES programs (Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania or Michigan) and that these other Section’s may not require the 4 basic courses for ARES membership as Ohio does. Please take note, it IS a requirement for membership the Ohio ARES, and you still need to get these courses in, and copies of your certificates to your Ohio County E.C. and to me, regardless of another Section’s requirements. Also, for those outside of Ohio in the bordering states, if you have these 4 courses in, please feel free to send me copies of your 4 certificates and we’ll be very happy to get them entered into our database as well. Please make sure that you have your call sign either in the email or as part of the file name on the certificate.   For those just starting out, we have a webpage with all the information about how to get started..  http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/training.html. This page contains a lot of information about what is needed. Each course takes about an hour or so to take, that’s really not much to ask now is it? You spent way more than that to get your Amateur Radio operators license!
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In the first days of March and Ohio has already seen summer like severe weather. There have already been seven confirmed tornadoes in Ohio and that is before spring arrived.  With the warm winter it is possible that we may have a hot summer with an active tornado season.  I encourage everyone whether you are a ham operator, wife or child to take advantage of any and all weather spotter training that you find available. Steps to prepare for severe weather or any other disaster should be started now!  Remember that when severe weather or a disaster arrives for you and your family it is already too late to plan. This is the most severe reports for any 48-hour period in the U.S. in almost six years.  Almost 60 tornadoes and just over 1,000 total reports of severe weather tore through parts of the Midwest, South and East from February 28 through March 1, 2017, in what was the largest severe weather outbreak since the late spring 2011.  National Weather Service surveys have confirmed at least 59 tornadoes occurred in 11 states from Kansas and Iowa to Michigan to Tennessee during the outbreak.  There were seven tornadoes in Ohio. Multiple rounds of severe weather moved through our region during the early to mid morning hours on March 1, 2017. These storms produced all types of severe weather -- tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail, and flash flooding. And all of this prior to the following weather exercises. A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. Tornadoes are capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees, and hurling objects through the air like deadly missiles. Tornadoes can occur at any time of day or night and at any time of the year. Although tornadoes are most common in the Central Plains and the southeastern United States, they have been reported in all 50 states.  The seven reported as being in Ohio in March proves that we must all be prepared. If you need more information just Google Tornado and you can also be overwhelmed with the information available, the stories being told and the pictures of the total destruction of businesses, homes and communities. Final Words: PREPARE NOW!! The Federal Emergency Management Agency has made files for the Ready Campaign's publications available to the public to download at no cost.  Are You Ready, an in-depth free guide to Citizen Preparedness is available from FEMA. This particular book consists of 206 pages book chock full of useful information presented in a format that is easy to read with photos, charts, and checklists. It can be used as a reference guide or even as a step-by-step manual for taking protective measures to secure your homestead against disaster. With that in mind, here is how to get a print copy of the ARE YOU READY guide for free. Send an email to fema-publications-warehouse@fema.gov In the body of the email indicate you would like a copy of “Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness (IS-22).” Be sure to include your mailing address (a PO box is okay). A short time after sending the email, you should get an order acknowledgment. Your copy arrived in about six to ten weeks.  You can also call the FEMA publications office at 800-480-2520 with the same request. If you would like an electronic copy as well, here is download link:  https://www.fema.gov/pdf/areyouready/areyouready_full.pdf Just keep in mind that any publication related to preparedness, whether free online or purchased is only as good as the follow- through you take to ensure you have done the best job you can to acquire the skills and supplies to prevail following a disruptive event. Finally, if you are like me, you have amassed a huge collection of electronic books, manuals, brochures and documents related to preparedness. Just keep in mind that there may be times when a print book may become a lifesaver. General Preparedness Hints * Make a family emergency communication plan and include your pets. * Identify an out of town emergency contact to coordinate information with family/friends. * Check on neighbors. * Keep an emergency kit wherever you spend time: home, car, work etc. * Download the FEMA App and set up local alerts * Listen to local officials by radio, TV, or social media and take action. * Practice your preparedness plans with a drill or exercise. * Take a first aid class so you can help until first responders arrive. >>Tornado Facts.. As the severe weather season approaches, take some time during Severe Weather Safety Awareness Week to make a safety plan for your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Planning ahead will lower the chance of injury or death in the event severe weather strikes. Tornadoes develop from severe thunderstorms. They are usually preceded by very heavy rain and/or large hail. A thunderstorm accompanied by hail indicates that the storm has large amounts of energy and may be severe. In general, the larger the hailstones, the more potential there is for damaging winds and/or tornadoes. The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of 250 mph or more. Damage paths have exceeded the width of one mile and 50 miles long. Tornadoes generally move from southwest to northeast, but have also been recorded traveling in any direction. The forward speed of a tornado varies from 30 mph to 70 mph. Peak tornado season in Ohio is generally April through July, and they usually occur between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. One year, though, an EF1 tornado occurred in Fairfield County at 6 in the morning - which proves that tornadoes can happen at any time, during any season.

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