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My goal is to make sure this website is always current during my term(s) as section manager. I want to have as many communication methods available as possible to hear what you in the Oregon section have to say. This is one of many ways for me to hear you. I welcome any suggestions for content. With the help of the section leadership, it will be added to continually. I look forward to working with you and am making plans to visit all the affiliated clubs in the state during my first year in office and hope to be able to participate in some of your activities. I have visited some ARES groups as well.

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Thursday 16 September 2010
Umpqua Post - Restoring Service - 9/15/2010

Backup communications center will coordinate help after a disaster

If there’s anything coastal communities should fear more than a catastrophic earthquake, say emergency managers, it’s the silence that follows.

Douglas County last week installed a makeshift building that will serve as a headquarters for communication in the event of a disaster.

County Emergency Manager Wayne Stinson hopes the structure — dubbed the Western Operations Center — will allow rescuers to keep talking with the rest of the state if phones or radios are knocked out.

When storms swept into northwest Oregon in 2007, Stinson said, turbulent weather cut at least two counties off from state agencies in Salem.

Microwave towers that carry radio and cell phone transmissions toppled. Fiber optic lines that provided telephone service were severed.

No communication went in or out of the state’s northwest corner unless by amateur HAM radio, or satellite phone.

“It’s hard to find out what they need when you can’t talk to them,” Stinson said.

High-frequency radio and satellite communication is not perfect, but it’s an ideal backup when all else fails, Stinson said.

He said the western county, and Oregon coast, is at risk for magnitude 9 earthquakes known as Cascadia events that occur regularly every 300 to 600 years.

The massive quakes, geologists say, are known to cause shaking that could destroy buildings, bridges and radio towers, plus generate huge tsunamis.

Stinson said the county garnered $25,000 in U.S. departments of Agriculture and Homeland Security grants that paid for the shipping container, its conversion, and some radio equipment.

A crane from Fred Wahl Marine Construction placed the container last Thursday behind the Reedsport Volunteer Fire Department station on Frontage Road.

The communication center, a converted steel shipping container, will be outfitted with high-frequency amateur radio and satellite communication gear. Stinson said the container may be outfitted with a cot and microwave oven, allowing several shifts of radio operators to work behind the fire hall.

Operators with Amateur Radio Emergency Services coordinating efforts between rescuers on the coast and emergency managers in the state or county center will be safely out of reach from tsunamis at that location.

“It’s not that Reedsport Fire is better than the other departments, this fire hall is just outside the inundation zone,” Stinson said.
Posted by Bonnie Altus on Thursday 16 September 2010 - 19:24:22 | Comments are turned off for this item | email to someone printer friendly
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Oregon Cabinet
Section Manager
Everett Curry, W6ABM
Hillsboro, Oregon

Assistant Section Managers

Southwestern Oregon
Dan Bissell, W7WVF
Bandon, Oregon

Youth and Mentoring
Russ Mickiewicz, N7QR
Portland, Oregon

Pat Roberson, W7PAT
Aloha, Oregon

Affiliated Club Coordinator
Dan Bathurst, WA7ABU
Salem, Oregon

Official Observer Coordinator
Everett W Curry Jr, W6ABM
Hillsboro, Oregon

Section Emergency Coordinator
Vince VanDerHyde, K7VV
Salem, Oregon

State Government Liaison
Kevin E Curry, KA7KYQ
Tigard, Oregon

Section Traffic Manager
D Scott Gray, W7IZ
Clatskanie, Oregon

Technical Coordinator
Ron Fial, KO7V
Oak Grove, Oregon
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