Thursday, February 4, 2010

Feb 3, 2010 Statewide Tornado Drill

Amateur Radio Operators in Chatham and surrounding counties participated in the annual statewide tornado drill in conjunction with the Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia. At approximately 0900 the National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued an exercise statewide tornado warning. The Georgia ARES activated a statewide Skywarn net on our primary frequency of 3.975 Mhz and many county programs throughout the state activated local Skywarn nets. I activiated the Chatham County Area Skywarn net on our primary ARES VHF frequency of 146.970 at approximately 0910 and began to take checkins for operators throughout the region. As folks checked in, I logged thier name, call letters, location, and Skywarn Weather Spotter number. We had great participation with a total of 16 checkins from Chatham, Effingham, Bryan, Liberty, and Long Counties. We also had participation from our local EMA and TSA.
This was really good considering I had not given anyone information regarding this drill ahead of time. So it was truly a "no notice" exercise. Many of us also checked into the statewide net on 3975 with Charles-K4GK acting as NCS.

After the exercise was complete, we terminated the local net and Greg-N4VAD sent our local net report to GEMA via WINLINK. Overall a very good exercise. Thanks to all who participated and thank you for being prepared to move weather related traffic.

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