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RE: [EC_EmComm] NNJ ARES SET 2009 DRILL MESSAGE #4 - NNJ ARES Alert Status Now Raised To DRILL M

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  • Lawrence Stewart
    Received and Acknowledged. Morris County ARES Larry Stewart KA2HJH 908-887-1845 ... From: EC_EmComm@yahoogroups.com [mailto:EC_EmComm@yahoogroups.com] On
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 30, 2009
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      Morris County ARES
      Larry Stewart


      -----Original Message-----
      From: EC_EmComm@yahoogroups.com [mailto:EC_EmComm@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of kc2rfc
      Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 8:51 PM
      To: EC_EmComm@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [EC_EmComm] NNJ ARES SET 2009 DRILL MESSAGE #4 - NNJ ARES Alert Status Now Raised To DRILL M


      Over the last week, DRILL weather conditions in the ARRL NNJ Section have included heavy rainfall, which has saturated the ground in many areas, making many trees and even utility poles vulnerable to the now occurring high winds, which are expected to continue over the next 2 days. In addition, precipitation is expected to return and then continue into the coming weekend, along with rapidly falling DRILL temperatures.
      This setup of DRILL expected weather conditions is such that infrastructure failures could occur, with falling trees and limbs possibly taking down power and communications systems (phone lines, etc). The rapidly falling DRILL temperatures, in conjunction with the expected continuing precipitation event, has resulted in the DRILL issuance of a possible DRILL Ice Storm situation. An Ice Storm, not only has the potential to affect power and phone lines, it also has concerns for all radio based communications systems (cellular, public safety and yes, even AMATEUR RADIO) as extensive Ice buildup on any or all of these systems can cause extensive DRILL damage (both antennas and feed lines are at risk).
      With these DRILL scenarios now in play, the NNJ ARES Alert Status, for all counties and for all ARES Members is now raised to DRILL MONITORING. Later developments and issuances from the NWS, on this still changing and still developing weather situation might further increase the Alert Status to higher levels. Please stay tuned for later updates!
      Please note the information concerning a recent (December 2008) very similar and very close to the NNJ Section, weather situation as reported on the ARRL Website and start thinking now about how you and your teams can be prepared, should similar Ice damage occur with this DRILL scenario. Consider that Repeater Antennas (for all services, including amateur radio) as well as home, EOC, any and all antennas, are highly likely to be possible the weakest points in such a scenario and considerations of alternate systems of communication and backup hardware should be considered before they are needed to be used.
      Excerpts from the article related to this DRILL message are:
      "...As a major ice storm -- accompanied by freezing rains, flooding and strong winds -- severely impacted New England on Thursday evening into Friday morning, ARES®, RACES, SKYWARN and MARS operators worked together to respond to calls for assistance from served agencies and to participate in the recovery phase of the storm. As the storm progressed into the weekend, ice accumulations up to 1.5 inches were common throughout a very large area of Western, Central and Northeast Massachusetts, as well as parts of New Hampshire and Maine."
      "At the height of the storm, almost 400,000 customers in Massachusetts lost power. Phone service, particularly landline service, was disrupted in some areas. New Hampshire was "also very hard hit by the storm," Macedo said. "That state reported even more power outages than Massachusetts. " As of late Sunday evening, almost 140,000 were without power in Massachusetts with over double that number in New Hampshire. Southern New England received 2-4 inches of rainfall; isolated higher amounts caused river, stream and urban flooding. Strong winds in the region resulted in tree and wire damage, as well as coastal flooding along the shoreline.
      "...."major antenna damage with ice up to 1.5 inches thick -- by far the worst he's ever seen at his place, which gets more than its share of winter weather. Two of three 40 meter Yagis have been destroyed, and antennas on all bands -- 160-10 meters -- have been damaged or completely lost. So far, all of the towers are still standing, but there is some concern about trees coming down on guy wires."....
      Full ARRL Website article is available here:
      George Sabbi
      Section Emergency Coordinator
      ARRL Northern New Jersey Section

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