Instructions for Sonoma
County Amateur Radio
Operators in an Emergency
These suggestions were developed by Michael Von der Porten,
AD6YB. Comments welcome: send them to AD6YB@ARRL.Net.
yourself, your family and your neighbors for safety.
personal safety assessments
Treat critical, but treatable injuries
Turn off gas if there’s a leak (only).
Turn off electricity if there’s an electrical problem
secondary injuries. Help neighbors
your emergency radio response:
you’re registered with the Sonoma County Office of Emergency Services
(OES) under the Auxiliary Communications System (ACS) (authorized under
Federal Radio Amateurs Communications Emergency Services [RACES])
program, check in using instructions from that agency.
you’re registered with the American Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) Amateur
Radio Emergency Services (ARES), operating under the auspices of the
Sonoma County Radio Amateurs (SCRA), check in using instructions from
that group. [ARES provides certain
emergency communications services for the City of Santa Rosa including its Fire
you’re not pre-registered for emergency radio response, you may MONITOR
one or more of the emergency frequencies:
146.730- (PL=88.5) (ACS county net)
area around Santa Rosa)
3. 146.730- (North County)
146.205+ (Sonoma Valley)
146.910- (South County)
147.315+ (ARES) Richard Freitas
- If, AND
ONLY IF, a general call for radio volunteers is reported, contact net
control to offer assistance.
- Organize your neighborhood. On a board, identify who has what
skills. Assign people to various
tasks including those identified below:
a community inventory of (a)
injuries [number, severity, location], (b) deaths, (c) building damage
[address, severity, description of building, description of damage], (d)
infrastructure damage [water lines broken, power lines down].
available resources including
water, food, first aid supplies, available personnel, fuel (including
fuel in vehicles). Determine what
and who may be able to help other neighborhoods.
neighborhood needs including medical
treatment, medical transport, extrication needs, food and water needs,
your neighborhood status to the nearest fire station. In general, walk the report there. Avoid using vehicles as the available
roads will likely be needed for official use and roads may be blocked by
downed lines, debris and glass. Use
amateur radio to contact the local net control ONLY if immediate
assistance is needed.
for “extreme camping.” Expect no
help for three days.
up tents, set up bedding. What
campers are available?
cooking facilities. What camp
stoves, fuel are available? What
barbeques and propane are available?
sanitary facilities. Are any
septic systems in good condition and accessible for disposal of collected
water supply and treatment. Plan to treat water hours in advance of need
with chlorine bleach.
food resources: what’s in the
neighborhood refrigerators, freezers?
What’s the best order of consumption?
dry goods, canned goods are available?
lighting is available?
Flashlights, camp lanterns, electric lights, 12V lighting (from
vehicles), light sticks?
if any generators are available.
For which homes have full electrical isolations switches been
installed? If not, run power cords
only to specific appliances. With
care, some refrigerators can be kept cold with only a few hours operation
what portable radios (AM / FM) are available and tune to local emergency
channels. KSRO-AM 1350, KCBS-AM
welfare contact information. Obtain
inventories of families’ status and desired family contacts. Deliver these forms to the local fire
station for distribution family members.
how volunteers can be used effectively.
Is there cleanup, preparations, food service, etc. that is safe to
do and appropriate for the situation?
records for insurance companies. List and photograph damage. Identify what types of insurance people
have in place. Be prepared for
insurance claim adjusters. Be
prepared for FEMA and government assistance agencies that may need
identification and need to know your needs.