The 2017 Poway Emergency Fair was well-attended and a great source of information on emergency preparedness. In addition to First Responders, community service organizations, and local providers of products and services, Amateur Radio operators conducted an “Extreme Fair Weather Drill” to demonstrate the use of Ham Radio in an emergency.
Almost 100 smoke alarms were installed in the Poway Royal Estates neighborhood. Thanks to Mayor Steve Vaus, the San Diego Red Cross, Poway Fire Department, and the many volunteers who participated for making Poway safer.
Amateur Radio Operators from the Poway NEC were on hand to assist with communications between the Command Center and the installation teams, and were able to redirect teams on-the-fly and save a lot of unnecessary trips.
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The Poway Neighborhood Emergency Corps is raising funds to provide Poway with a fully-equipped emergency communications trailer to better prepare and protect our residents in the event of an emergency or disaster. Our mission includes complementing the City of Poway’s emergency preparedness efforts through networking and sharing emergency information with the citizens of Poway. The trailer will be staffed and operated by licensed amateur (“ham”) radio operators volunteering their services in any emergency. Currently we have over 30 ham radio operators who have formed a Poway radio net called the Poway Amateur Communications Team (PACT), which meets on the Mt. Woodson VHF repeater on Tuesday evenings each week at 8:30 pm. Once a month after these nets, we practice a simplex drill to see who we can reach without the benefit of the repeater. These same operators would be able and ready to deploy the Communications Trailer in times of communications exercises and real emergencies. In the event of a real emergency, PACT has a chair in the Poway Emergency Operations Center, insuring accurate emergency information being disseminated to our Neighborhood Coordinators and ultimately the residents of Poway.
Our goal is to raise $50,000 to make this dream a reality. We already have a commitment of $5000, and we need the community’s support to reach the goal of $50,000. We are hopeful you may be able to help us achieve this goal.
The Poway NEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and your donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our Taxpayer Identification Number is 26-1722021, and tax donation receipt letters will be provided to all donors.
If you’d like to help by donating, you can make a secure donation via PayPal:
Thank you for your consideration in this important matter!
Sincerely – Terri Sorensen, Chair, PNEC
A simulated emergency drill was held on Saturday, September 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. The simulated emergency was a Magnitude 6.8 earthquake hitting the San Diego area, and the drill involved local first responders, Pomerado Hospital, and local amateur (ham) radio operators. The drill was held to test the emergency communications systems that will be used in the event of a real emergency. Ham radio operators participated from each of the Poway Fire Stations, city properties, emergency shelter locations and several neighborhoods. Communications were established via the Mt. Woodson repeater, and gave participants the opportunity to practice sharing information with first responders (Poway Fire Department, Sheriff and City Management) as would be needed in an actual emergency. The Mayor and City Council members observed the drill, as did Fire Chief Sanchez.
Drills will be held in the future with the aim of improving the communications systems across Poway, and ensuring that ham radio operators maximize their contributions during a real emergency.