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Some of you may know we have a shelter exercise on March 20th from 8am to around 12pm. We need people to deploy to two shelters and the health department. The two shelters are Atlantic High School and Heritage Middle. It would be wonderful if we could have at least two people per location. If you have a D-rats setup that would be a plus.
We will be sending and receiving message traffic using ICS-213 and logging everything using the communications logging sheet. Both can be found here http://www.eastcoastdistrict.org/volusia-county-documents/
During the March meeting we will cover how to fill these forms out, log information and discuss all the information we have about the the event. The meeting is March 15th at 3pm. The Fire Training Center can be found at
3889 Tiger Bay Rd Daytona Beach, FL 3212
If you would like to volunteer or need more information then please contact me anytime.
ARES Emergency Coordinator
This weekend is our regular monthly meeting. We will be covering shelter procedures and ICS forms. On March 20 there will be a simulated emergency test or SET. It will run from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. This is a short but important exercise. The Volusia County EOC and the Volusia County school Board have ask for our participation.
If you have any questions or like to volunteer please contact me.
This is all the information we have at this time. As new information is released I will update the group.
ARES Emergency Coordinator
The two courses scheduled to be held this Saturday, February 15 are being rescheduled to a future date. We are sorry for any inconvenience but will let you know as soon as possible when the courses are scheduled.
Here are the direct links to the courses
I will update the group ASAP.
Volusia County Emergency Management will be offering ICS-100.b & 700.a Classes to Volusia ARES members. These classes are still required by the county. This is a great opportunity for those who haven’t taken the classes.
Registration will begin at 8:30 am and class will begin at 9:00 am. Your social security number is needed for the exam registration, please be sure to bring it with you.
Registration – February 15 – 8:30 am -9:00 am
IS-100.b – 9:00 am – 12 noon
Lunch – PLEASE BRING YOUR LUNCH. -12 – 12:30 PM
The facility is located out on West International Speedway Blvd/US Hwy 92 with no restaurants close by. Participants are asked to bring their lunch to expedite the day.
IS-700.a – 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Please contact Ruthann Townsley at 386-254-1500 Ext 11633 firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The proposed sales tax holiday will begin June 1 and run through June 14, 2014, and will cover hurricane preparation supplies, such as flashlights, batteries, weather radios, and other basic items that are essential to building a disaster supply kit.
The specific items included in the Sales Tax Holiday include:
· A portable self-powered light source selling for $20 or less
· A portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio selling for $50 or less
· A tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting selling for $50 or less
· A self-contained first-aid kit selling for $30 or less
· A ground anchor system or tie-down kit selling for $50 or less
· A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $25 or less
· A package of AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, selling for $30 or less
· A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $30 or less
· A portable generator that is used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage selling for $750 or less
Please join me in congratulating Karl Martin, KG4HBN on his appointment as Volusia ARES Emergency Coordinator.
Posted on January 12, 2014 by Karl Martin
Thank you all.
As most of you may know I’m not good at long drawn-out speeches or emails for that matter so I’ll keep this short.
I’ve seen how difficult it is to be an emergency coordinator and the politics involved.
We joined ARES to help our community and fellow hams not dwell on the past. I want ARES to lead the way and be an active part in our county.
I’ve been in contact with our new district emergency coordinator and he has some great ideas for the district. We are in the planning stages of a combined S.E.T between Volusia and Flagler counties in the near future. Jason Writtenhouse KK4OSD our new DEC is planning on coming to this months meeting to introduce himself and share his new ideas.
I plan on having a new activity after every monthly meeting and when you leave I hope you excitement about the changes to come. Together we can create a better 2014.
The agenda for this months meeting will be simple introductions and any questions you may have. Please come out on Saturday, January 18 at 3 PM to help plan 2014.
Thank you again and I hope to see you at this months meeting.
Volusia County EC
Original Posting: http://volusiaares.org/new-ec/
Today, a number of AECS and myself met to discuss the future of Volusia ARES. These are the immediate steps that we have agreed to take:
1) With the exception of Field Day, Volusia ARES will cease ham radio testing indefinitely including for this month;
2) The September Vol ARES meeting is cancelled expect the meeting in Oct. to be on the 19th
3) Chuck, W4CFH, will meet with Jim Judge, director of Volusia County Emergency Management, to determine the EOC’s interest in having ham radio for back up communications during an emergency and the exact mission for the group. The results of that meeting will determine whether Volusia ARES will either continue in its present form, or become part of the new Volusia Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD);
4) If the Volusia County Emergency Management has little or no role for ARES/RACES, we will consider finding another served agency or agencies such as hospitals, local city EOCS, Red Cross, etc.;
5) Vol ARES will continue to hold the weekly nets at least until the end of the hurricane season.
Updates will continue to be provided as we learn what the future holds for the group. I want to thank those who continue to support Vol ARES and the overall ARES mission.
East Coast District Emergency Coordinator
With the exception of Field Day, Volusia ARES will no longer offer ham radio testing due to a shortage of Volunteer Emergency Coordinators. Those seeking a ham license or to upgrade a license are encouraged to contact the Daytona Beach Amateur Radio Association which holds tests on a monthly basis.
On July 20, VOL ARES will hold its monthly meeting at the Fire Training Center. This month’s guest is Mike Lee, the new Section Emergency Coordinator for the North Florida Section. Mike will share his vision for the section, and changes that he hopes to implement over the next months. The meeting will start at 3:00 p.m. All are welcome!