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The purpose of this website is to provide the basic information needed by ARES® volunteers in Licking County, Ohio during an emergency activation as well provide outsiders information about this volunteer group. This website defines the roles and responsibilities of Federal Communications Commission licensed amateur radio operators volunteering for Emergency Communications service in Licking County, Ohio. Note: You may need to enable pop-ups for some of the windows on this website.
The Licking , and l buttons launch in separate windows that are refreshed every minute as long as they are active. These windows receive an XML feed from the NOAA CAP system to give a auto refreshed current look at weather status. The Hazard Page clicked sometimes only updates every five minutes. You will also loose the auto update feature if you navigate away from the referenced page of those links. So if you want the level you clicked from this page to be refreshed every minute, you should right click any link on those pages and launch those pages in another window or tab. Our favorite WX radar site for ARES is the Wondermap which you can view by clicking on the Weather Underground icon at top left of this page or here. The link includes all the code for setting up standard options. You may want to change some of the settings once the window launches. This service is self updating and shows watch boxes, storm tracks, and other information. Although the 10TV Doppler link has the best potential resolution for Licking County, the radar operators at station control the zoom and unless there is a tornado in Licking County it is likely to be on a wide zoom not showing severe weather approaching.
The Licking County Net was developed to relay Licking county mobiles to the Central Ohio Weather Net that operates on 146.760. Many locations in Licking county are not able to contact that net and we try to provide a relay service for reports that need to be relayed to NWS via N8WX in Columbus or other means.
One of our members has developed a Facebook Group which can be used to track status during severe weather spotting in Licking County. We encourage all ARES members to join the group and monitor status updates issued during storms. If you are a Facebook Member - Enter Licking County ARES in the facebook search box and then join group. You will then be notified about any status changes on your Facebook account or instant messenger/ smart phone link into Facebook. Please help Steve perfect this challenging new technology.
The Amateur Radio Operator's Role in Emergency Communications
Public service has been a traditional component of the Amateur Radio service since 1913. Amateurs at the University of Michigan and The Ohio State University, in conjunction with other individual operators in and around the region, successfully bridged the communications gap created by a severe windstorm in the Midwest. At that time, disaster support work was not very organized and was performed spontaneously at best. Today that scenario has transformed into one of a structured organization with mutual support from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and National Traffic System (NTS). Today's ARES® members provide needed communications assistance to their communities during a natural or other disaster, but it doesn't stop there. They also may be engaged for public service events - parades, marathons, etc.
Who Receives The Benefits Of Our Volunteer Service?
Emergencies and disasters can strike at any time, causing injury, death and economic loss. As our communities become larger, more diverse, and interrelated, the numbers and types of potential disasters increase, with outcomes that impact our social, political, and technological systems.
Generally the obligation to respond to emergencies falls to local government. But what happens when the capacity of local, state, or even national government becomes overwhelmed by the magnitude of an emergency or a disaster?
There is an eventual saturation point where government is unable to protect and aid its citizens, especially when those governments are constrained by lack of funds, personnel, and equipment. It is at that point when ARES® may be asked to help with communications to help in the orderly conduct of government business that benefits all in the impacted area. Such requests can be made by virtually every public agency to include local emergency management, police, fire, hospitals, quasi-government organizations like the American Red Cross and its subcontractors, and private and religious groups, and business corporations.
ARES® provides supplemental
disaster communications for the
Licking County Chapter of the American Red Cross and the
Licking County Emergency
Management Agency, and to public safety organizations and communications for
other groups for their special events. ARES®, which has developed since 1935, is
a part of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Organization.
ARES® can have
several functions depending on a community's or area's needs. ARES® groups can
provide checkpoint communications for events such as parades and marathons, or
run special event stations for special town events such as festivals and large
We hope you make good use of this site. It will make your ARES® experience more valuable to all.
The KeepandShare link is meant for members only. It provides a bi-directional sharing of information between ARES management and members. The name of the share is "lickingares" When you click the link you will be signed on as ""aresmember" to the group. See the EC or one of the assistant EC's for password information for that account. If you want to have your personal user call on KeepandShare linked to the lickingares group, contact the Webmaster. Visitors have read only access to some "public" information including the Calendar and Ask the EC blog.
Weather and SKYWARN Alerts
This home page has an Accuweather sticker in upper left hand of page. It has a weather alert indicator that comes on when Licking County is under a severe weather event. Clicking the sticker will bring up detailed info from Accuweather including NOAA weather radar and local conditions and forecasts. All weather sites have dynamic data and should be launched in a separate window or tab. You can also click the WX Radio to monitor the Columbus NOAA Weather Station using your audio player. Hint: This link launches in a new window. You can minimize that window to continue browsing the site. Clicking on the NOAA symbol on main page launches the Wilmington NOAA webpage with a wealth of radar and alert information.
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Latest Update 02/08/2013 12:01