SKYWARN STORMSPOTTER IN CHAPIN
Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 at 7:04 am.
A SKYWARN stormspotter class will be given at the Chapin American Legion Hall (post 193) which is located at 102 Lexington Ave. The class lasts about 2 hours and will start at 1900 on August 14, 2018. All interested parties are welcome to attend; there is no charge.
 
See https://www.weather.gov/cae/skywarn.html for background information. No pre-registration is required. Please send any questions to WD4NG@arrl.net.
This is hurricane season. What type of communications would be available to you if a storm similar to HUGO came through Chapin? Remember HUGO cut a swath of devastation through the Midlands to Charlotte that missed us by only 40 miles.
 
WHAT HAPPENS IF….
 
Imagine: “The electrical grid is down, commercial broadcasting (radio, TV, internet) are down, and may remain so for an extended period. Cell phone service will be unreliable. Many roads are blocked by fallen trees.”
 
A good resource is the National Weather Radio (NWR) it is an “All Hazards” radio network, making it a single source for comprehensive weather and other emergency information. In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warnings and post-event information for all types of hazards – including natural (such as earthquakes or hurricanes), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages.)
 
Family Radio Service (FRS) radios are typically available as small handy talkies that are inexpensive. They are purposefully kept at short range (~ 1 mile) and low power. Chapin area residents are asked to monitor and send or relay messages on channel 7 for local information in the event of an emergency.
 
Citizen’s Band radio channel 9 is another potential resource to get local emergency information.
 
The Town of Chapin funded the establishment of an Emergency Communications Station (ECS) in the old Fire Station (now American Legion Post 193) at 102 Lexington Avenue. It was built by, is maintained by, and will be operated by, a local all volunteer group. The ECS has the ability to use all of the above radio channels as well as the Amateur Radio HF, UHF, and VHF frequencies, which provide longer distance communications. The Chief of Police is the town’s liaison with this group.
 
The Chapin Volunteer Emergency Team (CVET) operates the ECS and meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at 102 Lexington Avenue; all interested parties are welcome to attend.