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EFFECTIVE 1800 12 FEB 2021 – 1800 19 FEB 2021
UPDATE 02/18 1000: The North Texas Section is beginning to emerge from the deep freeze. There are still infrastructure issues throughout the Section. There will be supply issues for parts to repair infrastructure systems over the next few weeks. Please be patient while the infrastructure is repaired.
UPDATE 02/18 1000: YOUR FAMILY COMES FIRST! Take care of your personal situation before you provide support to others. There may be ways other than Amateur Radio that you can help. Providing food to first responders, doing health & welfare checks; turning off water; etc. Now is the time to pitch in where you can.
UPDATE 02/18 1000: Provide any pictures of how you and your ARES teams are helping the community. Send those pictures to SEC@ARRLNTX.org
UPDATE 02/18 1000: Many of us have been without power and other infrastructure services for extended periods, including myself and the SM. Over the next week or so we will all assessing how we have faired in this emergency. There will be lessons learned. I ask that all members share those lessons with their ARES Teams and community. Post those in the section’s groups.io site (ARRLNTX.groups.com) so that we can all benefit from your learnings. It is not a question of if this will happen again, but when… Lets help each other prepare!
UPDATE 02/17 1000: Over the next 24 hours, focus will shift to recovery. Please assist your local community any way you can. Even knowing how to shut off water connections will be a HUGE help.
UPDATE 02/17 1000: ERCOT is still at EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT 3: Rotating outages for multiple hours with some outages possibly extended due to equipment issues.
UPDATE 02/17 1000: Numerous areas have issued a boil water alert. Check local information sources to determine if you are under one of these alerts
UPDATE 02/17 1000: ATMOS is reporting issues with natural gas delivery.
UPDATE 02/17 1000: Warming centers are open across the section. Work with the groups working the shelters and provide any support you can.
UPDATE 02/16 1000: And additional round of Winter Storm Warnings are in effect this evening until Thursday morning.
UPDATE 02/16 1000: Numerous warming shelters have been open throughout the section. Please check local media, government and charity websites/Facebook pages for more information.
UPDATE 02/15 1200: ARC Requests Winlink message if become aware of a humanitarian unmet need. Send the following via Winlink (no specific form required):
- Location: city & county
- Event Type: Fire, Needed Shelter, food, warmth, …
- Who: Contact information and address
- Status: Number of Adults, #Children, Note injuries or death.
- Whether or not you were able to reach local authority for the need. (Local official / contact info)
Please send to TXRACUS-DST; TXRCAUSDSTCM; NTXARES-SEC. Check the “Request Message Receipt” to verify that your request was received.
UPDATE 02/15 1200: ERCOT has issued an EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT 3: Rotating outages for multiple hours with some outages possibly extended due to equipment issues. 1.2 Mil subscribers in North Texas without power.
UPDATE 02/15 1200: Additional WINTER WEATHER expected Tuesday Night / Wednesday. Please take extra precautions when go outside. Wind Chills are below freezing.
UPDATE 02/14 1400: The ENTIRE State of Texas is under a WINTER STORM WARNING
UPDATE 02/14 1400: ERCOT has posted a Conservation Alert for most of Texas. Current demand vs capacity and reserve information can be found at Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ercot.com).
UPDATE 02/14 1400: Formal Standby Request received from American Red Cross, Texas. Trained ARES members may be asked to provide communications support or other assistance, if activated
UPDATE 02/13 0800: Governor of Texas has issued a Disaster Declaration thru Friday, 19 FEB 2021.
UPDATE 02/13 0800: American Red Cross is opening several facilities throughout Texas
UPDATE 02/13 0800: Several Off-Road groups are providing transportation support for First Responders, Frontline Medical and others. Please visit your area Emergency Management or Organization Websites for more information. Currently, the Groups include:
Texas Off-Road Amateur Radio Club ((8) Texas Off-Road Amateur Radio Club | Facebook)
North Texas Jeep Club (https://northtexasjeepclub.com/)
The National Weather Service has forecasted significant Winter Weather for the North Texas Section from Saturday thru Thursday of next week. This period of potentially record breaking cold may have significant impacts on transportation, water and electric grids.
It is important that all ARES team members are diligent in maintaining situational awareness and weather aware during this period.
Please visit your local Weather Service Office Webpage/Social Media sites for up to date forecast information for your area.
The Remote State Operations Center is at Readiness Level II Escalated Response Conditions.
All District and Emergency Coordinators are asked to place their teams on Standby in support of Emergency Operations Centers and our partners.
All activation / deactivation notices should be copied to SEC@ARRLNTX.ORG (Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC).
Any support must include member safety training and equipping with proper PPE prior to any activity as directed by local Emergency Management.
All AUXCOMM/COM-L/COM-T are asked to provide updated contact information and availability to the North Texas Section Emergency Coordinator (email@example.com)
All ARES and RACES Members are asked to:
- Ensure all equipment in working order by testing its operation
- Ensure all batteries/alternate power sources are fully charged and in working order
- Ensure all vehicles are working and filled up/charged
- Ensure your Emergency Coordinator and/or District Emergency Coordinator and/or Section Emergency Coordinator have updated contact information
- Stay Weather Aware by monitoring your local Weather Service
- Follow guidelines for infection prevention for COVID-19 that have been promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control.
- Do not report to any exercise, activity, event or work if you have COVID-19 Symptoms
- While participating in any exercise or activity; be sure you are clear as to your tasks and responsibilities that are assigned to you
- Be courteous, supportive and calm – your community needs you!
- And ABOVE ALL STAY SAFE – Wear proper PPE as directed by local Emergency Management