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Many Canadian radio amateurs are involved in public service activities by providing communications in times of emergencies, or for large and complex community events. RAC encourages and supports these activities through the operation of the Field Organization, a national network of Amateurs dedicated to public service and emergency communications, including the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), the National Traffic System (NTS), the Official Bulletin Service and the Official Observer Service.
If you would like to learn more about this aspect of amateur radio, contact a member of the RAC National Field Organization and check the Public Service and Section News columns in The Canadian Amateur magazine for details of the activities in your part of the country. A subscription to The Canadian Amateur can be included with membership in RAC. You may also find the following links useful.
|Southern Island Auxiliary Communications|
|Ottawa ARES - EMRG|
|Renfrew County ARES|
|Durham Region ARES - D.R.A.R.E.S.|
|New York City District ARES website|
|Westchester ARES/RACES Members Page|
|Portland Oregon ARES Information|
|ARES Utah County|
|Ontario Digital NTS site|
|WECA - National Traffic System|
|North Carolina National Traffic System|
|Canadian Red Cross|
|Canadian Red Cross Agreement|
|Links to Red Cross sites in other countries|
A weekly radio American Red Cross net is conducted Wednesday evenings at 2000 hrs EST on 3.915MHz and again at 2100hrs on 14.325MHz. Valuable information is repeated each week on the business of Communications and Disaster Relief. This informational program provides interest, learning, and on the air experience. Net practice sessions serve as continuing training of operating discipline for volunteer radio operators. This net serves to benefit the emergency response communications network team when called upon in time of actual civil disaster by providing the means for testing operability of equipment that would normally be made available to the American Red Cross during an actual event.
SEVERE WEATHER LINKS
|CANWARN Severe Weather Program|
|US National Hurricane Center|
|The Hurricane Watch Net|
|HURRICANECITY Atlantic Hurricane Tracking|
OTHER EMERGENCY MEASURES LINKS
|Provincial Emergency Radio Communications Society (BC)|
|The 2002 PERCS / RAC Letter of Understanding (pdf file) Replaced by 2006 LOU|
|The 2006 PERC / RAC Letter of Understanding (pdf file) Part 1 Part 2 Part 3|
|Community Emergency Response Teams BC|
|World Conference on Disaster Management|
|New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization|
|Emergency.com - Emergency Service news|
|BC Provincial Emergency Program|
|B.C. site for "Disaster Lessons and Event Communications"|
|International Disaster Recovery Association|
|RAYNET Main Page|
|Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (New Zealand)|
|New Zealand Search and Rescue Homepage|
|Disaster Relief site|
|Free Disaster Recovery Training for Volunteers|
Communications Organizations and Special Projects
Please send any URLs, for Amateur Radio Public Service listings, which you think would be useful to other amateurs, or any web pages which specialize in links to Public Service sites, to the Vice President for Field Services.
Similarly, IF YOU BECOME AWARE OF DEAD LINKS, please advise the VPFS so that they can be removed. There are literally hundreds of links on the RAC website, most supplied by outside sources. If those link addresses change or go offline, we have no way of knowing if we are not advised.
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