Clay ARES Nominations

It is that time of year…Nominations for ONE of our Board Member positions, our Secretary and our Treasurer.  Nominations are open until MIDNIGHT ON August 31.  We will announce the results of the Nominations at the September ARES meeting on September 1.  You may submit your nominations below.  They will be kept totally confidential. Continue reading

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Erika Dissipates, flooding still a concern

The following is a release from the Clay County Division of Emergency Management 1915EDT AUG 29 2015

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Clay County Emergency Management- Erika Dissipates, flooding still a concern;

The Clay County Division of Emergency Management would like to take this time to warn all residents that even though TS Erika has dissipated, flooding is still possible along the North and South Prongs of Black Creek.

Along with the recent afternoon rainfall which is expected to continue over the next few days, tropical moisture from what was Tropical Storm Erika is expected to move very slowly north across the Florida peninsula into next week enhancing local rainfall. The recent rains in the Clay County area have been 4-6 inches above normal and have led to very saturated ground in the areas where flooding begins on the creeks. This means if heavy rainfall from the tropical moisture does develop it may very quickly run off into the creeks and could lead to flooding quickly. If some of the current projections actually occur heavier than normal afternoon rainfall could potentially last into late next week.

NOW is the time to prepare for the possibility for flooding along the prongs of Black Creek. Individuals should move objects out of the flood plains and water drainage pathways should be cleared of debris. If you are in an area prone to flooding you should have a plan should you need to relocate.

Residents are encourage to sign up for the County’s emergency notification site by going to , searching code red or going to the following link: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/CDCE08D23502 . This system allows us to reach out to our citizens during an event to provide information via voice, text and email.

Sand bag locations will open at 0800 on Sunday August 30th, the following locations will have self-service sand bag locations established.

 Middleburg Fire Station #14- 4003 Everett Avenue

 Fleming Island Fire Station #22- 5995 Pine Avenue

 Green Cove Public Works- 900 Gum Street

 Town of Orange Park Fire Station – 240 Stowe Avenue

Again these locations will open at 8am on Sunday morning. For further information please contact Clay County Emergency Management at 904-284-7703. Residents are also encourage to follow Clay County Florida Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter

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Click here for a .pdf of Erika PSA #2.

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Smart Phone/Tablet Chargers for your Go-Kit

The last thing you need is to run out of power in the field. Here’s a list of some of the best portable/travel chargers for your phones and tablets to keep you communicating in the field, courtesy of Tech Radar.

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ARRL 2015 Hurricane Webinar now on YouTube

If you were not one of the 360 attendees to the 2015 ARRL Hurricane Webinar, you can watch it online! ARRL posted the Webinar to YouTube in late July. Be sure to tune in and take notes.

The first segment of the webinar is on PR. Make sure that you’re following the guidelines mentioned, including reaching out to your media reps and elected officials, if you haven’t done so already. While we always hope for a quiet hurricane season, as the webinar presenters note, there have been several storms that have hit during years predicted to be quiet. Make sure the media knows who you are and what your group does before the storm.

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2015 ARRL Field Day Results

The 2015 Field Day was a success. The event went very smooth and everyone had a great time. We had visitors from press and local government officials. There was a also a nice competition between the CW and Phone operators this year. The Phone operators had 11 more contacts.

Here are stats for the current year
1. 254 additional contacts
2. There was 637 CW contacts and 648 Phone contacts
3. There was 15% improvement in the overall score from 2014 for 4,794 points

 

YEAR SCORE CONTACTS PARTICIPANTS CATEGORY
2014 4,168 1,020 46 4A
2015 4,794 1,274 57 4A

 

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