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After Action - Winter Storm ARRL / ARES Request

Kevin McCoy
 

During the Winter Storm Red Cross requested a Stand By condition from the ARRL/ARES partners in Texas.

Most of us experienced some fall out from the prolonged weather, Power failures, rolling blackouts, and the resulting damage to water and transportation infrastructure.

We reached out to many of you by these reflectors, and to many of you on Winlink. 

Some counties activated at the request of local government, and many of you jumped on the air in the conditions of Power failure, Internet Outage, or Communications Outage and Overload.

This is the first time in a while that Red Cross has made this request Texas wide, and I would like to know from you, what experiences you had and what suggestions for improvement you would like when we have to do this again.

Please send your input directly to kevin.mccoy@... and ron.brown2@... and we will assemble your input and endeavor to do better next time.

Your fellow reflector members would probably appreciate it if you sent us this feedback directly rather than clog up the reflector ; - )

Best and Thank you:

+ + + + + + + + + +

After Action Input

Red Cross and ARES operators active in TX 2/21 Winter Storm.

We are looking for input on our recent activation of ARES and Red Cross for the Winter storm.

About you:

·        Name and Call Sign:

·        County of Operation:

·        Nets monitored:

What worked:

  • 1.   _
  • 2.   _
  • 3.   _

Three things that could be improved:
  • 1.   _
  • 2.   _
  • 3.   _

Did you suffer damage to Radio or Antenna systems?

Did your area suffer any radio infrastructure issues (Repeater down etc.?)

Did you use WINLINK?

Narrative:

Anything else you would like to add:



Re: Winlink Wednesday 2021

John Hill - KF5VO
 

It's that time once again for Winlink Wednesday!

This week we will use a different form for checking in. THIS IS FOR THIS WEEK ONLY.

The template is in the Template Manager
    Standard Templates --> WEATHER Forms --> Local Weather Report.txt
Fill out the form.
When you click the "Submit" button, it puts the message in the body and attaches the XML file. It will auto-populate the the subject, but not who you're sending it to.
In the TO field, put KF5VO

That's it!

When I send out the message with the results of this week's net, I will publish the check-in file to the Groups.IO site as usual. In addition to that, I will compile all the weather reports into a spreadsheet (a CSV file) and I will zip that and send it out over Winlink. This means that the results e-mail will be a little larger than normal. In the early days of the Winlink Wednesday net, we did this weekly, but haven't in a while. If you are relatively new to the net, this will let you know how long it will take to download a message with a small attachment. I just wanted everyone to be prepared for that.

Happy Winlinking!


Please visit the Winlink Wednesday NTX web site for more info on how to check in to the net:
https://bit.ly/2TfJNJE

If you haven't already, please join our mailing list on Groups.IO
https://groups.io/g/WinlinkWednesdayNTX


Communication Partner Update:,Winter Storm URI Update 02-28-21 10:00

Kevin McCoy
 

Communication Partner Update:
Winter Storm Update 02-28-21 09:00

While we look out the side window at our current operation - Please do not forget to look out the front windshield.  Tomorrow is the official beginning of storm season.  Please stay weather aware and note Storm Predictions Center warnings...

 Watch the Texas Weather Update on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kGfkmYYTlG8
Please watch today's Texas Weather Update and check-out the severe weather safety tips at https://rdcrss.org/2VdEzPx.
youtu.be

including severe weather warnings in parts of the state today and upcoming space weather and flood warnings today and tomorrow.

Here is an update from the winter storm response:

Overall, we are moving to the close of our supply operations on Water and Food now that State and Federal Operations are running on all cylinders.  We did a needs assessment in 180 counties and 126 show needs and a relatively small number show multiple needs.

Sheltering and Hotel: All of the medical needs folks have been able to return home.  Shelters are in the main closed, but in a couple of special cases we are seeing folks needing housing when repairs are in progress, or e.g. a facility such as a nursing home or senior center is without water.

Looking forward: We will shift from providing water and meals as the state and federal resources are now up to speed.  Our main emphasis will be on:

  •         Assisting counties with multiple needs
  •         Assisting in distribution sites
  •        Continuing Condolence care
  •         Sheltering in special situations if needed
  •         Assisting charitable partners focused on clean up and repair.

We have more than 200 trained disaster workers on the job.

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Shelf stable Meals delivery Corpus Christi

Deaths:

We are reaching out to the families that have lost loved ones in the storm. We are estimating 85.  These are handled by Integrated Care Condolence Teams.  Each team has a case worker, health professional, mental health professional, and spiritual care member.  These teams can provide a full range of services to the families of storm victims. 

Power:

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Thank you https://poweroutage.us/area/state/texas

While power continues to show improvement, I notice a few companies are going under radar on reporting.  Also, the Hill Country and parts of West Texas still shows a nagging power loss which seems to be actually increasing in some areas. Queries to the power company can show estimates into April, and in some cases they are not willing to give dates or even outage numbers.

In any case well down from 4.5Million customers without power and no rolling blackouts.

Water:

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This recent photo shows Red Cross delivery of donated Anheuser Busch canned water to Corpus Christi TX. 

From my last report you can see we have gone from 3.5 M customers with boil water notices to roughly 500k.  That is down from 14M at the peak.  From my last report we have gone from 180 counties impacted to 119.  Still a long way to go, but much improved.

 

 

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The Disaster after the disaster - So as you can see we have still 500K folks that IF they can get water have to boil it.  And some hot spots like Henderson and Bell Counties.  And a very populous county Harris County.

DAMAGE

The state self-reporting tool is one of the estimators of how much damage is out there. Here is an update from my last report:

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So reports are slowing but still coming in. 

FEMA

Along with Water and Food I have visibility into > $60M of awards for storm impacts.  Applicants and inspections also give us a view of damage.

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So that is two perspectives on how much damage is out there.

Recovery Operations:

As I mentioned we very close to pushing out all the Water and Meals we can contribute.  At this point the State and Federal resources are huge.  So, we are very close to being out of that job.

Radio Operations AAR

We are working on some draft survey for operators and Winlink operators on this event.  Ron Brown K6EER is currently reviewing the draft.  Stay tuned.

Questions and suggestions welcome.  I am just one of more than 200 Red Crossers on this job.  This is just my perspective.  If you are contributing, I would love to hear what you are seeing out there.  Many partners, especially food banks doing very brilliant work.  State guard doing great especially in Volume areas like Smith County.

For those of us engaged, we had a feeling this disaster was being under reported and underestimated.  I think that we are finally starting to see reports on cost, and it is definitely true that the costs of Winter Storm Uri are going to exceed Hurricane Harvey.

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ                            Tactical winlink TXRCAUS-DST
DST Lead DR 716-21 TX Winter Storm 2/21 BLI

 

 

 

 


Favorite Photo for Today

Kevin McCoy
 

Hey, my day to day responsibility only covers about 12 counties in North Texas ARRL section.  But since I got kicked up to the state response I have insight into all the counties.

I want to share this photo of the Red Cross warehouse supporting the Texas Stage Guard in Tyler / Smith County get water out to the Points of Distribution.

Smith County SML

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ
DST Lead DR 716-21 TX Winter Storm 2/21
American Red Cross



Fw: Texas Weather Update - 2/26/21

Kevin McCoy
 

TX FCC Licensed Operators.

With all our attention on the recent Winter Storm, I don't want to forget that Spring Storm Season starts MONDAY!

We will kick off the season with a set of lectures on the expected weather occurences.  Links are in the comments section of this YouTube Weather Update.

That weather update includes the SPC forecast threats for Texas (Low Probability) coming up this weekend.

Please repair those antennas, restock your supplies, and be Red Cross Ready!

Best Kevin KF5FUZ


From: McAlister, Richard <richard.mcalister@...>
Sent: Friday, February 26, 2021 7:19 AM
Subject: Texas Weather Update - 2/26/21
 
 Watch the Texas Weather Update on YouTube: https://youtu.be/18OT8uzs7Qs
Please watch today's Texas Weather Update and "Be Red Cross Ready" for severe weather when you visit: https://rdcrss.org/2VdEzPx.
youtu.be


Richard S. McAlister | Meteorologist
American Red Cross, SWaRM
Richard.McAlister@...

Kevin McCoy        713-396-0484
DST Lead DR 716-21 TX Winter Storm 02/21 BLI

Lead El C⭐ TX Disaster Services Technology
Digivol / @KF5FUZ                                                                Tactical Winlink TXRCAUS-DST
Operations: IT Partner


Re: Seeking Presenters for ARRL North Texas Mentor Fest April 24/25, 2021 will be held Virtually via way of Zoom Conference tools

 

Robert 

Awesome do you prefer morning or afternoon 
On Saturday 24 April.   ?????

Steve

On Thu, Feb 25, 2021 at 1:19 PM Robert Geraldon <n5regqsl@...> wrote:
Steve, I have a presentation on portable emergency communication, go boxes, antenna set up, solar, and battery power, generator power, which is about 40 or 45 min approximately. It's set up for zoom. I have done this presentation for the Garland amateur radio club of which I'm a member. Have also participated in a previous mentor fest at the Hella Shriners. I'm also RACES/ARES unit 567 with Garland and Dallas county. Under Jhon Galvin N5TIM. Would be willing to do this presentation if all lines up, time, schedule, no previous commitment, etc. thank you for your service. Please let me know, 73s 
Robert E. Geraldon   ( N5REG )
Texas ham radio operator


On Wed, Feb 24, 2021 at 2:09 PM Steven Lott Smith KG5VK ARRL NTX SM <lottsphoto@...> wrote:

I am still seeking Presenters
I you have a presentation you would like to do
Please contact me by email
KG5VK@...

Presentations should be approximately 45 minutes long with a 15 minute Q&A Sessionare looking for presentations geared towards new amateurs


Topic could be anything 
Here are some random ideas...

  • Get started Communicating with fellow amateurs via a local repeater
  • How to build a simple Dipole antenna
  • Getting the most out of your HF Radio
  • Soldering 101
  • Tower climbing Safety
  • Where are all the YL's
  • Echo Link, what is it and why you might care
  • Which is the right Frequency band to communicate across town and which is the right frequency to communicate globably
  • Is RG59 (75 Ohm) coax useful for Ham Radio
  • What is a Balun

The above are just ideasPlease contact me with any ideas you may have for a presenation

73

Steve KG5VK
KG5VK@...


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Robert E Geraldon N5REG

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Steve
KG5VK
Tele 318-470-9806
ARRL NTX Section Manager 
Please note: My Out Going Email address is LottsPhoto@...
KG5VK@... is forwarded to my Gmail address


Re: Seeking Presenters for ARRL North Texas Mentor Fest April 24/25, 2021 will be held Virtually via way of Zoom Conference tools

Robert Geraldon
 

Steve, I have a presentation on portable emergency communication, go boxes, antenna set up, solar, and battery power, generator power, which is about 40 or 45 min approximately. It's set up for zoom. I have done this presentation for the Garland amateur radio club of which I'm a member. Have also participated in a previous mentor fest at the Hella Shriners. I'm also RACES/ARES unit 567 with Garland and Dallas county. Under Jhon Galvin N5TIM. Would be willing to do this presentation if all lines up, time, schedule, no previous commitment, etc. thank you for your service. Please let me know, 73s 
Robert E. Geraldon   ( N5REG )
Texas ham radio operator


On Wed, Feb 24, 2021 at 2:09 PM Steven Lott Smith KG5VK ARRL NTX SM <lottsphoto@...> wrote:

I am still seeking Presenters
I you have a presentation you would like to do
Please contact me by email
KG5VK@...

Presentations should be approximately 45 minutes long with a 15 minute Q&A Sessionare looking for presentations geared towards new amateurs


Topic could be anything 
Here are some random ideas...

  • Get started Communicating with fellow amateurs via a local repeater
  • How to build a simple Dipole antenna
  • Getting the most out of your HF Radio
  • Soldering 101
  • Tower climbing Safety
  • Where are all the YL's
  • Echo Link, what is it and why you might care
  • Which is the right Frequency band to communicate across town and which is the right frequency to communicate globably
  • Is RG59 (75 Ohm) coax useful for Ham Radio
  • What is a Balun

The above are just ideasPlease contact me with any ideas you may have for a presenation

73

Steve KG5VK
KG5VK@...


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Robert E Geraldon N5REG


Communication Partner Update - Winter Storm Response 02-25-21 11:30

Kevin McCoy
 

Taking a day off from the Disaster Response and will give you this update from what I know as of last night 20:00.

Like many of you I am spending today on storm clean up. 

Deaths:

The AP is reporting a number of 80 deaths.  The truth is it will probably be a month or two before we know for sure.  What we do know already is that the death toll of this winter storm and its aftermath is more than twice as deadly as Hurricane Laura in the US.  In Harris county alone there were 16 Texans frozen to death.

Power:


Thank you https://poweroutage.us/area/state/texas

Don't believe all comments or reports.  The truth is that all forms of energy, from Wind to Natural Gas were impacted.  Natural Gas was impacted more because it is the largest producer.  The only form of energy that actually improved was solar, but it is a very small fraction of what is produced in the state. 

Water:

The Disaster after the disaster - So as you can see we have still 3.5 million folks that IF they can get water have to boil it. 

Boil water
        Notices

FEMA and State resources have moved an incredible amount of water and food into the state.  But getting it to where it was needed is still a challenge in the Hill Country and some counties out west. 

Water Airlift

Water Air Lift

That means getting water to folks that is safe was a challenge.  And points of distribution and county / city delivery was and is a huge operation.

Some great partners like Anheuser Busch have come through with large quantities of Water to help

AB Water

DAMAGE

I told you all about the self reporting tool and here is a snap shot of the data.  Yes we know many folks do not know about this, that not everybody has the internet, that under-served populations may be uneasy about filling out the form, and folks may overestimate their damage, but it does give us and idea of how much damage is out there.

Self Tracker
        Damage report

FEMA

As you are probably aware Public Assistance is available, and the last time I checked Individual Assistance for things like Rental and Repair are available in 108 counties.  They have jumped on this pretty fast as you can see from this dashboard.  I am not speaking for FEMA here, just looking at the data to see if we can assess how much and where damage or at least FEMA response is.

FEMA data

So that is two perspectives on how much damage is out there.

Response and Sheltering:

We had a rapid close down of most of the Warming Centers, however there are two shelters still open for needs in areas where folks cannot return home or for homes that were unsafe or destroyed.  In the main Red Cross efforts have moved to Recovery.

Austin Shelter

As we started this engagement I am proudest of the work we did for working with partners EMS and law enforcement to transport folks that had medical needs for power to power safe locations. 

Lee County
        Rescue


and I got this wonderful note that I post here.  The background was a Lee County family without power or warming center in their community urgently needed to run their life sustaining medical equipment. Within less than two hours, EMS transported them to a Power Safe Red Cross funded facility.

“You have no idea how grateful we are for all you and the Red Cross have done to help us. You had our concerns and questions addressed before we ever said anything. My husband was in Korea in 1950 and in Vietnam in 1968. Both tours of duty, you the Red Cross were there also. Many thanks for all y'all do.”

These were very high risk folks we were sheltering, and I am sure many lives were saved. One thank you like that makes it all worthwhile.

Recovery Operations:

We have shifted the bulk of our resources and energy to getting Disaster Emergency Supplies to distribution points in areas where we can see the need, or where county and Federal resources are not reaching. 

This job was frankly too enormous for us.  We needed all levels of government to participate.  We were able to prime the pump by getting shelf stable water and meals to many city and county governments while logistics for water and food from the state were worked out.

I will try and get you some shots when I am back on the DR of some of the Points of Distribution that we are supporting.  Clean up Kits, Water, Food, ...

COVID Update:

As you know the Storm set us back in the counties where we are assisting in vaccination.  Overall in the state:

Vaccinations

So that vaccinations virtually stopped during the storm.  We are now back operating, doing 12 hours shifts and I expect we will do even better than early January.  We are already seeing the results now from the first wave of nursing home vaccinations, and deaths from COVID in US nursing homes is now 40% of what it was on Jan 1.  (So down 60% VS overall US numbers which were up 20%)

OK.  Thank you for listening, and giving me a great excuse to take a break from cleaning up!

Questions and suggestions welcome.  I am just one of around 200 Red Crossers on this job.  This is just my perspective.  If you are contributing I would love to hear what you are seeing out there.

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ                                                         Tactical winlink TXRCAUS-DST
DST Lead DR 716-21 TX Winter Storm 2/21 BLI





Re: Seeking Presenters for ARRL North Texas Mentor Fest April 24/25, 2021 will be held Virtually via way of Zoom Conference tools

 

Tom K5EIS

Thanks, Tom I have not heard of that Group
But will search for the group and extend the invite
appreciate the idea

cheers!
Steve
KG5VK


Re: Seeking Presenters for ARRL North Texas Mentor Fest April 24/25, 2021 will be held Virtually via way of Zoom Conference tools

Tom - K5EIS
 

Hi Steve;
With this being an online event, the presenters could be located anywhere, so if they don't need to be located in Texas, have you thought about making this post on the ham-instructor group? Instructors are usually good presenters and also have at least a few presentations ready to make. That group has a "main" group and a "NewHams" subgroup. Just a thought for resources.
73,
K5EIS, Tom


Seeking Presenters for ARRL North Texas Mentor Fest April 24/25, 2021 will be held Virtually via way of Zoom Conference tools

 

I am still seeking Presenters
I you have a presentation you would like to do
Please contact me by email
KG5VK@...

Presentations should be approximately 45 minutes long with a 15 minute Q&A Sessionare looking for presentations geared towards new amateurs


Topic could be anything 
Here are some random ideas...

  • Get started Communicating with fellow amateurs via a local repeater
  • How to build a simple Dipole antenna
  • Getting the most out of your HF Radio
  • Soldering 101
  • Tower climbing Safety
  • Where are all the YL's
  • Echo Link, what is it and why you might care
  • Which is the right Frequency band to communicate across town and which is the right frequency to communicate globably
  • Is RG59 (75 Ohm) coax useful for Ham Radio
  • What is a Balun

The above are just ideasPlease contact me with any ideas you may have for a presenation

73

Steve KG5VK
KG5VK@...


FW: Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)

FRED VARIAN, WD5ERD
 

 

The below information was sent to the Collin County VOAD group in response to the question ‘is there a DRC (Disaster Recovery Center) in Collin County’  and may be of use to those impacted by the power outages and weather.

 

 

Fred Varian – WD5ERD

EC Collin County ARES

fvarian@...

972-333-6156

 

 

 

From: owner-ccvoad@... [mailto:owner-ccvoad@...] On Behalf Of Mongan, Karla
Sent: Monday, February 22, 2021 8:43 AM
To: Johnnie Dorris; ccvoad@...
Cc: Kapadia, Bianca; Courtney Goss; Woodley, Chartonna
Subject: Re: [CCVOAD] Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)

 

Good Morning,

No there is not a DRC set up in Collin County. At this time, please just make sure anyone who received damages from the winter storm, applies with their insurance first if they have it and also apply with FEMA. Renters and homeowners can apply for assistance if they have received damage cause by the winter storm. The resident can do this a couple of ways. They can set up their own account on www.disasterassistance.gov . Once they set up their account, they can apply on-line. This will make it where they can upload their own documents that will be required like proof of occupancy, insurance letters of awards or denials, and any other documents they will need to submit. They can also check their account to see where they are at in the application process. The resident can also call 1-800-361-3362 and apply over the phone. Once they apply over the phone then the resident will have to fax or send in their documents.

FEMA may be able to assist homeowner and Renters who has insurance. We cannot duplicate services so they will need to send in the documents stating what their insurance covered and what they did not. There may be possible assistance for things that insurance does not cover.

Also I have attached some SBA information. Please provide education to your residents you all are assisting as to completing the SBA Packet if required. If they are denied SBA Loan, then there may be possible additional assistance depending on their disaster damages.

 

I have also added Courtney Goss the TX State VAL to this email. There is a damage survey they are asking the residents to fill out. This will give the local areas better situational awareness of how many in their area, what type of damage, what type of resources needed. Courtney will be able to provide you more information on the Damage Survey. She will be able to guide and direct you with any information needed.

Thank you all for what you do. This group is absolutely amazing.

Karla

 

I hope this helps,

Once I get a fact sheet we will send that out.

Karla

 

Karla Mongan

Emergency Management Program Specialist | Individual Assistance| Region 6 Recovery Division

Karla.mongan@...

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency

fema.gov

 

 

 

 


Communications Partner Update: 02/22/2021 08:00

Kevin McCoy
 

Communications Partner Update:  02/22/2021 08:00

First some news:

These numbers are simply staggering:

  •         1,272 Boil Water Notices
  •        14 Million impacted customers
  •         200 water systems out
  •         209 water systems impaired
  •          85 waste water systems impaired or out
Water Issues

At the federal level FEMA [in addtion to public assistance in all counties], individual assistance is now available for individuals in 77 counties:


Angelina, Aransas, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Brazoria, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Collin, Comal, Comanche, Cooke, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, DeWitt, Ellis, Falls, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gillespie, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hood, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Kaufman, Kendall, Lavaca, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Maverick, McLennan, Montague, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Nueces, Orange, Palo Pinto, Panola, Parker, Polk, Rockwall, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Scurry, Shelby, Smith, Stephens, Tarrant, Travis, Tyler, Upshur, Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Wharton, Wichita, Williamson, Wilson, and Wise.


https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

At the State Level - The Governor has outlined these priorities:


1. Restore power

2. Support local officials to restore water

3. Ensure access to food & resources

4. Get refineries back online


There is now a huge amount of water in the state, distribution is the issue.  Many locations this started out rough, and in some locations in the Hill Country required helicopters.  Expect some improvement today.

Red Cross:

Most Warming Centers we were supporting with materials and/or personnel are closing or now closed.  We are scrambling to provide food and water to partners for PODs and assisting in PODs where requested. 

On a side note the COVID-19 vaccination centers we are supporting are opening today with extended hours.  These are locations where local government is asking for assistance.

We are moving solidly into Recovery Phase - Disaster Emergency Supplies, Damage Assessment, etc.  As you can see from the magnitude of these numbers Government must be a large part of this response, and we will focus on helping them in their priorities where requested, focus on vulnerable populations, and continue to support our 5x call rate for individual dwelling disasters - such as fire, car VS dwelling, etc.

As usual, we cannot do this alone without excellent partners like Food Banks, who have been already stretched by COVID-19, and now are stepping up to this additional challenge.  It is a beautiful site to see the 18 wheelers pulling in!  Our cupboards were bare!

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ
DST Lead DR 717-21 Central and South Texas 2/21 BLI
American Red Cross Serving Central and Southwest Texas



Muck and Gut - Good Resource

Kevin McCoy
 

A community resource that is now active in Texas is

https://crisiscleanup.org/

Qualified Non-Profit Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster that are active in providing home clean up.

They work off this list to provide homeowners assistance if they have been impacted.

A great switchboard to match providers with disaster sufferers to get them the help to clean up.  Recommending because we had very good results with this tool during HUR Laura/Delta/Zeta. 

Texas map of water system issues: https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?url=https://services7.arcgis.com/hGTLI6IggobDDKZV/ArcGIS/rest/services/WaterStatus_TexasWaterOperators/FeatureServer&source=sd

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ
American Red Cross of Central and Southwest Texas


Communication Partner Update - Damage Assessment Self Reporting Tool 02-21-21 07:00

Kevin McCoy
 

Texas Gang:

As we move from Response to Recovery, it is very important to get the size of the disaster right.  I had previously told you about

https://tdem.texas.gov/warming-center/

But on that same page there is a damage self reporting tool.  This worked very well in Laura.  You might think folks might overestimate their impact and damage, but in fact we found this to be almost 90% accurate when followed up with detailed assessment.

https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/eb1ab4928205490182896d86783447d3

This survey is from Texas Department of Emergency Management, but the data is shared with Red Cross and other Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) to help us get aid to folks in need.

For those with infrastructure and web skills – please help those that do not – and help us get as accurate an estimate as possible, so we can gauge resources – people, and stuff – so that we get enough water, food, and clean up resources to get back on the path to normal.

This is BIG, and it is going to take a lot of organizations and resources in partnership to get it done. 

Please share this link in your communities.

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ
DST Lead DR 717-21 Central and South Texas 2/21 BLI
American Red Cross Serving Central and South Texas

Attached status on warming centers in Central and South Texas Red Cross is supporting...


How to Volunteer For PODS

Kevin McCoy
 

A few people have asked me how to help out now that we are moving to recovery phase.

As Greg said:  "There are many ways that ARES member can help; not just using a radio. Pitch in your local communities to help in recovery; do health and welfare checks, turn off water; etc. Pitch in wherever you can." 

If you are a CERT member or other qualified volunteer in a voluntary organization active in disaster, you are good to go.  If however you are having trouble finding these opportunities or getting deployed, here is a good way.

Assisting at Points of Distribution

As you may be aware transportation improvements are allowing the movement of water from government warehouses, and we are receiving shelf stable meals. Fuel and goods deliveries are starting to reach stores in many areas.  Points of distribution are being set up and many organizations are asking for volunteers to assist.  You do not have to be a Red Cross volunteer to do this, but you do have to be qualified and trained as an “Event based volunteer”.

Take care of your own needs first, but if you are looking to reach out to the community and aid this process then one good way is:

First, we ask that you create a profile to become an Event Based Volunteer:

·         Go to www.redcross.org/volunteer

·         On the main screen, scroll down to the link and words that says ‘Apply Now’

·         Complete the 5 steps to become a volunteer

o    Contact information

o    Terms and Agreements

o    Background Check

o    Then make sure you click through all of the links to verify/authorize background check.

o    Submit/Authorize background check.

·         Within a matter of minutes, the background check is complete.

 I know background checks have been an issue in the past.  This is a criminal background check not a financial check. 

Then, you will have access to the landing page at will register for volunteer shifts at  https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org

It will show you all the opportunities to engage with local Points of Distribution within 50 miles of your location.  click the “Sign up for Shifts” in the first column, second row.

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ
DST Lead DR 717-21 Central and South Texas 2/21 BLI
American Red Cross of Central and South Texas


UPDATE: 02/19/2021 UPDATE: ARES NTX SECTION *** STANDBY *** NOTIFICATION

Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
 

PRIORITY HANDLING

 

*** PLEASE DISTRIBUTE TO ALL ARES MEMBERS ***

 

EFFECTIVE 1800 12 FEB 2021 – 1800 19 FEB 2021

 

UPDATE 02/19 1000: As of 1800, the NTX Section-wide Standby Notice will expire. ECs and DECs have the discretion to continue the standby posture based on local needs.

 

UPDATE 02/19 1000: There are many ways that ARES member can help; not just using a radio. Pitch in your local communities to help in recovery; do health and welfare checks, turn off water; etc. Pitch in wherever you can.

 

UPDATE 02/19 1000: Provide pictures of ARES activities to sec@...

 

UPDATE 02/18 1000: The North Texas Section is beginning to emerge from the deep freeze. There are still infrastructure issues throughout the Section. There will be supply issues for parts to repair infrastructure systems over the next few weeks. Please be patient while the infrastructure is repaired.

 

UPDATE 02/18 1000: YOUR FAMILY COMES FIRST! Take care of your personal situation before you provide support to others. There may be ways other than Amateur Radio that you can help. Providing food to first responders, doing health & welfare checks; turning off water; etc. Now is the time to pitch in where you can.

 

UPDATE 02/18 1000: Provide any pictures of how you and your ARES teams are helping the community. Send those pictures to SEC@...

 

UPDATE 02/18 1000: Many of us have been without power and other infrastructure services for extended periods, including myself and the SM. Over the next week or so we will all assessing how we have faired in this emergency. There will be lessons learned. I ask that all members share those lessons with their ARES Teams and community. Post those in the section’s groups.io site (ARRLNTX.groups.com) so that we can all benefit from your learnings. It is not a question of if this will happen again, but when… Lets help each other prepare!

 

UPDATE 02/17 1000: Over the next 24 hours, focus will shift to recovery. Please assist your local community any way you can. Even knowing how to shut off water connections will be a HUGE help.

 

UPDATE 02/17 1000: ERCOT is still at EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT 3: Rotating outages for multiple hours with some outages possibly extended due to equipment issues.

 

UPDATE 02/17 1000: Numerous areas have issued a boil water alert. Check local information sources to determine if you are under one of these alerts

 

UPDATE 02/17 1000: ATMOS is reporting issues with natural gas delivery.

 

UPDATE 02/17 1000: Warming centers are open across the section. Work with the groups working the shelters and provide any support you can.

 

UPDATE 02/16 1000: And additional round of Winter Storm Warnings are in effect this evening until Thursday morning.

 

UPDATE 02/16 1000: Numerous warming shelters have been open throughout the section. Please check local media, government and charity websites/Facebook pages for more information.

 

UPDATE 02/16 1000: ARC Requests Winlink message if you become aware of a humanitarian unmet need. Send the following via Winlink (no specific form required):

 

Location: city & county

Event Type: Fire, Needed Shelter, food, warmth, …

Who: Contact information and address

Status: Number of Adults, #Children, Note injuries or death.

Whether or not you were able to reach local authority for the need. (Local official / contact info)

 

North Texas Counties with the exception of the counties below, please send to N5ARC; NTXARES-SEC.

 

Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Freestone, Hamilton, Hill, Lampasas, Limestone, McLennan, please send to TXRACUS-DST; TXRCAUSDSTCM; NTXARES-SEC

 

Check the “Request Message Receipt” to verify that your request was received.

 

UPDATE 02/15 1200: ARC Requests Winlink message if become aware of a humanitarian unmet need. Send the following via Winlink (no specific form required):

 

Location: city & county

Event Type: Fire, Needed Shelter, food, warmth, …

Who: Contact information and address

Status: Number of Adults, #Children, Note injuries or death.

Whether or not you were able to reach local authority for the need. (Local official / contact info)

 

Please send to TXRACUS-DST; TXRCAUSDSTCM; N5ARC; NTXARES-SEC. Check the “Request Message Receipt” to verify that your request was received.

 

UPDATE 02/15 1200: ERCOT has issued an EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT 3: Rotating outages for multiple hours with some outages possibly extended due to equipment issues. 1.2 Mil subscribers in North Texas without power.

 

UPDATE 02/15 1200: Additional WINTER WEATHER expected Tuesday Night / Wednesday. Please take extra precautions when go outside. Wind Chills are below freezing.

 

UPDATE 02/14 1400: The ENTIRE State of Texas is under a WINTER STORM WARNING

 

UPDATE 02/14 1400: ERCOT has posted a Conservation Alert for most of Texas.  Current demand vs capacity and reserve information can be found at Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ercot.com).

 

UPDATE 02/14 1400: Formal Standby Request received from American Red Cross, Texas. Trained ARES members may be asked to provide communications support or other assistance, if activated

 

UPDATE 02/13 0800: Governor of Texas has issued a Disaster Declaration thru Friday, 19 FEB 2021.

 

UPDATE 02/13 0800: American Red Cross is opening several facilities throughout Texas

 

UPDATE 02/13 0800: Several Off-Road groups are providing transportation support for First Responders, Frontline Medical and others. Please visit your area Emergency Management or Organization Websites for more information. Currently, the Groups include:

             

Texas Off-Road Amateur Radio Club ((8) Texas Off-Road Amateur Radio Club | Facebook)

North Texas Jeep Club (https://northtexasjeepclub.com/)

 

The National Weather Service has forecasted significant Winter Weather for the North Texas Section from Saturday thru Thursday of next week. This period of potentially record breaking cold may have significant impacts on transportation, water and electric grids.

 

It is important that all ARES team members are diligent in maintaining situational awareness and weather aware during this period.

 

Please visit your local Weather Service Office Webpage/Social Media sites for up to date forecast information for your area.

 

The Remote State Operations Center is at Readiness Level II Escalated Response Conditions.

 

All District and Emergency Coordinators are asked to place their teams on Standby in support of Emergency Operations Centers and our partners. 

                                                                                          

All activation / deactivation notices should be copied to SEC@... (Winlink:  ARES-NTXSEC). 

 

Any support must include member safety training and equipping with proper PPE prior to any activity as directed by local Emergency Management.

 

All AUXCOMM/COM-L/COM-T are asked to provide updated contact information and availability to the North Texas Section Emergency Coordinator (sec@...)

 

All ARES and RACES Members are asked to:

 

  • Ensure all equipment in working order by testing its operation
  • Ensure all batteries/alternate power sources are fully charged and in working order
  • Ensure all vehicles are working and filled up/charged
  • Ensure your Emergency Coordinator and/or District Emergency Coordinator and/or Section Emergency Coordinator have updated contact information
  • Stay Weather Aware by monitoring your local Weather Service
  • Follow guidelines for infection prevention for COVID-19 that have been promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Do not report to any exercise, activity, event or work if you have COVID-19 Symptoms
  • While participating in any exercise or activity; be sure you are clear as to your tasks and responsibilities that are assigned to you
  • Be courteous, supportive and calm – your community needs you!
  • And ABOVE ALL STAY SAFE – Wear proper PPE as directed by local Emergency Management

 

73,

 

STAY PREPARED,

STAY READY,

STAY SAFE!

Greg Evans, K5GTX

North Texas ARES

Section Emergency Coordinator

 

Mobile: 713-410-2376 

Email: sec@...

Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC

 

815 Wind Elm Dr.

Allen, TX 75002

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

 

 

 

 


UPDATE: 02/18/2021 UPDATE: ARES NTX SECTION *** STANDBY *** NOTIFICATION

Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
 

PRIORITY HANDLING

 

*** PLEASE DISTRIBUTE TO ALL ARES MEMBERS ***

 

EFFECTIVE 1800 12 FEB 2021 – 1800 19 FEB 2021

 

UPDATE 02/18 1000: The North Texas Section is beginning to emerge from the deep freeze. There are still infrastructure issues throughout the Section. There will be supply issues for parts to repair infrastructure systems over the next few weeks. Please be patient while the infrastructure is repaired.

 

UPDATE 02/18 1000: YOUR FAMILY COMES FIRST! Take care of your personal situation before you provide support to others. There may be ways other than Amateur Radio that you can help. Providing food to first responders, doing health & welfare checks; turning off water; etc. Now is the time to pitch in where you can.

 

UPDATE 02/18 1000: Provide any pictures of how you and your ARES teams are helping the community. Send those pictures to SEC@...

 

UPDATE 02/18 1000: Many of us have been without power and other infrastructure services for extended periods, including myself and the SM. Over the next week or so we will all assessing how we have faired in this emergency. There will be lessons learned. I ask that all members share those lessons with their ARES Teams and community. Post those in the section’s groups.io site (ARRLNTX.groups.com) so that we can all benefit from your learnings. It is not a question of if this will happen again, but when… Lets help each other prepare!

 

UPDATE 02/17 1000: Over the next 24 hours, focus will shift to recovery. Please assist your local community any way you can. Even knowing how to shut off water connections will be a HUGE help.

 

UPDATE 02/17 1000: ERCOT is still at EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT 3: Rotating outages for multiple hours with some outages possibly extended due to equipment issues.

 

UPDATE 02/17 1000: Numerous areas have issued a boil water alert. Check local information sources to determine if you are under one of these alerts

 

UPDATE 02/17 1000: ATMOS is reporting issues with natural gas delivery.

 

UPDATE 02/17 1000: Warming centers are open across the section. Work with the groups working the shelters and provide any support you can.

 

UPDATE 02/16 1000: And additional round of Winter Storm Warnings are in effect this evening until Thursday morning.

 

UPDATE 02/16 1000: Numerous warming shelters have been open throughout the section. Please check local media, government and charity websites/Facebook pages for more information.

 

UPDATE 02/16 1000: ARC Requests Winlink message if you become aware of a humanitarian unmet need. Send the following via Winlink (no specific form required):

 

Location: city & county

Event Type: Fire, Needed Shelter, food, warmth, …

Who: Contact information and address

Status: Number of Adults, #Children, Note injuries or death.

Whether or not you were able to reach local authority for the need. (Local official / contact info)

 

North Texas Counties with the exception of the counties below, please send to N5ARC; NTXARES-SEC.

 

Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Freestone, Hamilton, Hill, Lampasas, Limestone, McLennan, please send to TXRACUS-DST; TXRCAUSDSTCM; NTXARES-SEC

 

Check the “Request Message Receipt” to verify that your request was received.

 

UPDATE 02/15 1200: ARC Requests Winlink message if become aware of a humanitarian unmet need. Send the following via Winlink (no specific form required):

 

Location: city & county

Event Type: Fire, Needed Shelter, food, warmth, …

Who: Contact information and address

Status: Number of Adults, #Children, Note injuries or death.

Whether or not you were able to reach local authority for the need. (Local official / contact info)

 

Please send to TXRACUS-DST; TXRCAUSDSTCM; N5ARC; NTXARES-SEC. Check the “Request Message Receipt” to verify that your request was received.

 

UPDATE 02/15 1200: ERCOT has issued an EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT 3: Rotating outages for multiple hours with some outages possibly extended due to equipment issues. 1.2 Mil subscribers in North Texas without power.

 

UPDATE 02/15 1200: Additional WINTER WEATHER expected Tuesday Night / Wednesday. Please take extra precautions when go outside. Wind Chills are below freezing.

 

UPDATE 02/14 1400: The ENTIRE State of Texas is under a WINTER STORM WARNING

 

UPDATE 02/14 1400: ERCOT has posted a Conservation Alert for most of Texas.  Current demand vs capacity and reserve information can be found at Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ercot.com).

 

UPDATE 02/14 1400: Formal Standby Request received from American Red Cross, Texas. Trained ARES members may be asked to provide communications support or other assistance, if activated

 

UPDATE 02/13 0800: Governor of Texas has issued a Disaster Declaration thru Friday, 19 FEB 2021.

 

UPDATE 02/13 0800: American Red Cross is opening several facilities throughout Texas

 

UPDATE 02/13 0800: Several Off-Road groups are providing transportation support for First Responders, Frontline Medical and others. Please visit your area Emergency Management or Organization Websites for more information. Currently, the Groups include:

             

Texas Off-Road Amateur Radio Club ((8) Texas Off-Road Amateur Radio Club | Facebook)

North Texas Jeep Club (https://northtexasjeepclub.com/)

 

The National Weather Service has forecasted significant Winter Weather for the North Texas Section from Saturday thru Thursday of next week. This period of potentially record breaking cold may have significant impacts on transportation, water and electric grids.

 

It is important that all ARES team members are diligent in maintaining situational awareness and weather aware during this period.

 

Please visit your local Weather Service Office Webpage/Social Media sites for up to date forecast information for your area.

 

The Remote State Operations Center is at Readiness Level II Escalated Response Conditions.

 

All District and Emergency Coordinators are asked to place their teams on Standby in support of Emergency Operations Centers and our partners. 

                                                                                          

All activation / deactivation notices should be copied to SEC@... (Winlink:  ARES-NTXSEC). 

 

Any support must include member safety training and equipping with proper PPE prior to any activity as directed by local Emergency Management.

 

All AUXCOMM/COM-L/COM-T are asked to provide updated contact information and availability to the North Texas Section Emergency Coordinator (sec@...)

 

All ARES and RACES Members are asked to:

 

  • Ensure all equipment in working order by testing its operation
  • Ensure all batteries/alternate power sources are fully charged and in working order
  • Ensure all vehicles are working and filled up/charged
  • Ensure your Emergency Coordinator and/or District Emergency Coordinator and/or Section Emergency Coordinator have updated contact information
  • Stay Weather Aware by monitoring your local Weather Service
  • Follow guidelines for infection prevention for COVID-19 that have been promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Do not report to any exercise, activity, event or work if you have COVID-19 Symptoms
  • While participating in any exercise or activity; be sure you are clear as to your tasks and responsibilities that are assigned to you
  • Be courteous, supportive and calm – your community needs you!
  • And ABOVE ALL STAY SAFE – Wear proper PPE as directed by local Emergency Management

 

73,

 

STAY PREPARED,

STAY READY,

STAY SAFE!

Greg Evans, K5GTX

North Texas ARES

Section Emergency Coordinator

 

Mobile: 713-410-2376 

Email: sec@...

Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC

 

815 Wind Elm Dr.

Allen, TX 75002

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

 

 

 

 


Re: [stxares] Communication Partner Update 02-18-21 Severe Winter Weather

Kevin McCoy
 

Question from my note this AM: How do we find Warming centers for our
area...?

www.TDEM.Texas.gov/warm <www.TDEM.Texas.gov/warm>

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ
DST Lead DR 717-21 Central and South Texas 2/21 BLI
American Red Cross serving Central and South Texas Region


Communication Partner Update 02-18-21 Severe Winter Weather

Kevin McCoy
 

For all of you that have been impacted from Cold, Boil Water, NO water, Iced antennas, fuel shortage, power outage, … I am right there with you.  A lot of lessons learned here for all of us.  So start by giving yourself a pat on the back for pressing on and for being prepared!

Warming Supplies

As always in large disasters – this is requiring resources from Business, Government, and charitable organizations.  Many from Food Banks to City and County government have been doing their best in difficult conditions to meet needs.  While this is a Red Cross view, we are in it together. 

From a Humanitarian perspective it has been very frustrating – the gap between the magnitude of the need, and the ability to supply services with

  •         Travel restrictions
  •         Supply replenishment issues
  •         Lack of preparation

We are all getting a lesson in the cascading failures resulting from Cold and Power outages!

Red Cross in Central Texas is supporting 60 Warming Shelters based on Government requests.  Depending on the Government and Non Government partner requests this can be everything from supplying disaster emergency supplies (Food, water, blankets, comfort kits, cots, Disaster Immediate Response Shelter Trailers, …) to volunteer Manpower.

We have been focusing our efforts on making sure that Texans with medical needs that require power get to safe shelter.

Significant improvement in Power profile (Down from a peak of 4 Million).

Power Status

I think we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel in terms of improving weather and power conditions.  The cascade of failures, burst pipes, water systems, transportation, and replenishment are going to take time.

We are also responding to many fires that are space heater, candle, or heating failure related.  Burst pipes and internal flooding is also an issue. 

These home and apartment events are causing a dramatic increase in the Disaster Action Team calls that we are fielding.

Please also keep an eye out for Carbon Monoxide issues with Generators or using cars to stay warm or charge cell phones. 

Winter Weather: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm.html

Boil Water  : https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/drinking/drinking-water-advisories/boil-water-advisory.html

Food Safety: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/food-safety.html

Generator Safety: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/power-outage/safe-generator-use.html

Power outage: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/power-outage.html

A big thank you for Winlink Operators who have passed on infrastructure and unmet needs reports.  Please keep it up!  Please use Telnet if you have internet, and clear the HF frequencies for areas that require them.

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ
DST Lead DR 717-21 Central and South Texas 2/21 BLI
American Red Cross serving Central and South Texas Region

 

 

  

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