Can you operate without power?

Do you have some form of emergency power, whether battery, solar-charged batteries, generator?

This video is a sobering reminder of what can happen when the electric grid goes down–and a severe Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) or nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) can take the grid down for days, weeks, even months. Published by the Electric Infrastructure Security Council: “Black Sky

In 1859, an extreme solar storm called the Carrington Event” caused sparks from telegraph keys, and fires. In 2012, a major solar storm of this magnitude missed earth by 9 days: more on solar CMEs.

Denver ARES Raises Awareness

The Denver office of Emergency Management sponsored a booth at the 2018 Fire Truck Muster event to raise awareness of both the CERT and ARES programs and their roles in supporting the Denver OEM during emergencies.

The booth was staffed by 4 members of Denver ARES (Linda Fried, Austin Pfenning, Louise and Jim Gunderson).

Denver ARES does this kind of outreach to keep the community informed and knowledgeable in advance of emergencies.

If you want to use your hobby to help your community, consider joining ARES in your area.

The Atlantic Magazine: ARES

Here’s a good article about how amateur radio operators use our hobby in public service, in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

The Atlantic Magazine: Hams Prepare

“Today the United States is home to more than 700,000 licensed amateur radio operators (including every member of my immediate family—I’m the only one without a ham-radio license, having failed the lowest-level technician test).

“Around 40,000 of them are part of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (or ARES, pronounced like the god of war), a subset of the ARRL. There are branches all over the country, and ARES members are the hams that show up at the simulated disasters, ready to relay information wherever it needs to go. They helped out during disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and the 9/11 terror attacks—they were the ones getting messages out even after the cellphone towers went down, overloaded by the family members of World Trade Center employees trying to reach their loved ones.” Read more…