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Emergency Operation and Preparedness

Updated: 6/27/04
 
This page consists of two parts:
  1. an annotated collection of links on the subject of Emergency Operation and Preparedness, and
  2. my own list of items I keep in a "jump kit" in case I am called to a shelter or disaster site to provide emergency communications.

If you're new to ham radio on the internet, you may also want to check out my other Ham Radio Pages after reading this one. My pages on Hiking and Backpacking may also have some useful tidbits.
 

Amateur Radio Emergency Operation and Preparedness Links

ARES/RACES

On Emergency Operation

(Self-) Education and Other Information

Hurricane and Severe Weather Information

Other organizations

Volusia County, Florida

 


Three Kits

This is my personal guide to the things I need to pack for emergency operation in my local ARES/RACES activities. Since it is my own personal list, the items listed are for my own circumstances, which may differ some from yours. For example, my QTH is central Florida, where things like heavy jackets and snow shovels are not needed, but sun screen and insect repellent is a must.

Also, since I believe in preserving as much mobility as possible, my philosophy is that of the backpacker: to pack only what I can carry, yet enough to meet emergency needs. For example, I tote a hammock instead of a tent and sleeping bag. However, since my primary purpose in the event of an emergency would be communication, I do not skimp as much in the area of station operation as I do in the personal comfort/survival area (it could cause a problem should I have more food at my disposal than other needy people in an emergency shelter -- and surely some Red Cross person will feed and water me in a pinch).

To keep things straight in my mind, I have ordered the items hierarchically into three kits. The three kits are cumulative; that is, first there's the primary kit, then the basic is added to the primary for fixed station operation, then the extended kit for more than 24 hours of operation. Of course, some items that fall into the category of survival are also important for operation (such as a multi-tool); I list these under personal/survival so that when I take a hike (literally), I won't forget anything. However, for ease of packing, I have also ordered them in terms of where I carry them. Basically, I either wear it, carry it in a backpack, keep it in a tool box, or lock it in the car.

I've also got a full checksheet you can download and some First Aid Kit suggestions.

 
Primary Kit

For portable station operation (so basic you can't do without it)

    Carried on your person

    • RADIO (2m HT w/30W linear amp & ps OR mobile unit w/ps)
    • Earphone/headphones
    • Extra batteries
    • Speaker mike
    • BNC adaptors
    • Cig lighter adaptor
    • Notebook/pen
    • Watch/clock

    Within easy reach (in a wearable bag or backpack)

    • Extra HT
    • High gain HT antennas
    • Extra AA batteries

 

Personal comfort/survival

    Carried on your person

    • Cap (head protection)
    • ID
    • Money
    • Multitool
    • Mini first aid kit
    • Vitamins
    • Medications
    • Sun glasses
    • Water container
    • Snacks
    • Address book
    • Rubber bands
    • Paper clips

    Within easy reach (in a wearable bag or backpack)

    • Insect repellent
    • Sun screen
    • Rain poncho

 

Basic Kit (less than 24 hours of duty)

Fixed station operation

    Within easy reach (in a wearable bag or backpack)

    • Scanner or weather radio
    • Clipboard w/NTS forms etc.
    • Maps (State, county; road, topographical)
    • Markers
    • Repeater directory
    • Calculator
    • Return address labels
    • Post-Its
    • Camera

    In a tool box

    • 144 MHz SWR Meter
    • Multimeter
    • Propane solder torch
    • Solder
    • Small tape measure
    • Remote antenna(s)
    • Slingshot/fishing line
    • Fuses
    • 50 Ohm Coax
    • Coax seal
    • Duct tape
    • Electrical tape
    • Misc coax connectors and adaptors

 

Personal comfort/survival

    Carried on your person

    • Hiking boots
    • Wide-brimmed hat
    • Pocketed vest
    • Chapstick
    • Kleenex
    • Compass/whistle/matches (a combination item available in camping stores)
    • Earplugs
    • Eye protection
    • Hard candy
    • Stainless steel mirror

    Within easy reach (in a wearable bag or backpack)

    • Binoculars
    • Collapsible cup
    • Cord (2 50' lengths)
    • Flashlight
    • Kerchief/towel
    • Leather gloves
    • Bags and baggies
    • Safety pins
    • Salt
    • Water treatment tablets
    • Hammock

    In a tool box

    • Rope
    • Sterno tin

 

Extended operation (over 24 hours of duty)

Fixed station operation

    In a tool box

    • Cigarette socket splitter
    • Misc hand tools

    In local, secure storage (such as in an automobile trunk)

    • Antenna assortment
    • Camp shovel
    • Power station w/charge cords
    • Mini jumper cables

 

Personal comfort/survival

    Within easy reach (in a wearable bag or backpack)

    • Food
    • Eating utensils

    In a tool box

    • Butane lighter
    • Fire sticks

    In local, secure storage (such as in an automobile trunk)

 

Pocket-size First Aid Kit (fits in a soap dish or small plastic container)

 

 

 


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