ARLA/CLUSTER: Exercito de Salvação Americano faz doação de equipamento para aumentar a capacidade de auxilio nas comunicações emergências dos radioamadores

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Segunda-Feira, 26 de Novembro de 2018 - 12:01:07 WET

Donation to boost ham radio emergency capability

ABC Eyewitness News reports on a radio equipment donation which the
Salvation Army says will improve disaster response

The Salvation Army Northern Division Emergency Disaster Services could soon
be getting thousands of dollars worth of much-needed equipment.

Jim Daly has responded to more disasters than he can count. The retired
Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant became a volunteer in 2000.

His latest deployment was to Hurricane Harvey but he’s also responded to
disasters closer to home, including flooding in Fargo.

“The river will get seven miles wide covering numerous counties,” said Daly.

As crews spread out to give aid, they can encounter problems.

“Often after a disaster, cell towers are down, emergency power is out and
communication is needed,” said Daly. “If there's no cell service, there's
really no way to communicate until everybody gets back to the base.”

It affects efficiency and safety. Amateur radios could help.

“The ham radios are going to give us much better range,” said Daly.

If it’s approved by the St. Paul City Council, the fire department will be
donating more than $18,000 worth of equipment it no longer needs.

It will help the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN)
expand into Minnesota and North Dakota.

“This is the first time we'll have the equipment right here for our
region,” said Daly. “It’s really a big expansion of [it] and something
we've been wanting to do in this division for a long time.”

It will be installed in the emergency operations center in Roseville and in
trucks that bring food, flooding kits and other supplies to disaster areas.

The equipment will also outfit a 17-foot mobile command center, which will
have a 50-foot antenna.

Watch the news report at
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