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Yolo ARES Meeting Minutes for 5/18/2010

ARES Meeting
May 18, 2010 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.

Darrin (K9RTY)
Bill (K6KN)
LaVonne (K6LAV)
Greg (KG6SJT)
Wes (WS6Z)
Todd (KE6GCV)
Rob ((k6KIX)
Lu (W6KJX)
Rick (N6KLB)
James (W6JSC)
Bob (KJ6FU)
Katie Kelsch, Emergency Services Director, Yolo Co. Red Cross

Net Control
Net control and practice message sign up sheet was circulated.

Update was provided on the upcoming Davis Double Century event and the AMGEN tour event.

Update on the David Fire Departments May 20th event. This event is being organized by A. J. Armando. Those who wish to participate should meet at 7 a.m. at the Davis Fire Station on 5th Street. Also needed will be sixteen people to act as “injured patients” for the mass casualty event at the Davis Hospital.

Wes (W6SZ) reported on the status of the Davis CERT program, noting that with the recent elimination of funding, this program is no longer providing CERT training, CPR, or first aid.

Rick (N6KLB) reported that the UC Davis Emergency Operations Center was recently flooded due to a pipe leak. Apparently no permanent damage resulted.

Katie Kelsch, Emergency Services Director for the Yolo Red Cross discussed her desire for maps that could be utilized by the Yolo Red Cross. Wes (W6SZ) briefly described the Yolo ARES mapping project currently underway. He will meet with Katie after this meeting to discuss whether the ARES project will be of help to the Red Cross.

Katie asked for contact information on Ham radio resources in the Lake County area. Darrin (K9RTY) will provide contact information to Katie.

June 25th (Friday) is the Woodland Memorial Hospital’s evacuation drill. Darrin (K9RTY) will communicate with Katie Kelsch as to whether ARES resources can be utilized.

Western States Endurance Run is June 26th. Rick (N6KLB) and Todd (KE6GCV) will be providing Ham coverage. Other hams are invited to participate. Date is June 26-27. Radio operator help is needed. If interested additional information is at www.ws100.com/comm.

July 24-25 – Tevis Cup -- radio operator help is needed. If interested additional information is at www.teviscup.org.

ARES members were encouraged to review their CPR and first aid status; anyone not current will need to schedule training. The training can be done through the Red Cross or the American Heart Association. The next Red Cross session is in July.

ARES future direction: Members discussed the need for additional outreach to community groups to increase ARES visibility and abilities.

Emergency Communications – Discussed the feasibility of conducting a joint table-top emergency communications drill between the Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) DSHR and ARES. It is felt that such a table-top drill can be conducted at either the July or August ARES meeting night. Katie Kelsch will send ARES EC Darrin (K9RTY) the Red Cross Communications plan. It will be important to determine how the ARES plan and the Red Cross plan correlate.

The next ARES meeting is scheduled for June 20 at 7:00 p.m.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

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