Cleveland County ARES Net Report – May 3, 2016

Cleveland County ARES Net was called at 8pm last night, Tuesday, May 3.  There were 31 participants (see attachment).  Gayland/WX5MOR was the net control operator.

Two announcements:

Harold/W5IFN, advised that the monthly SCARS meeting will be Saturday, May 14th, at Norman City Hall.  (note this is a change from the regular meeting location)

Denny/WA6DKD advised that the Gossip Net will follow immediately after the ARES net.

Discussion segment was on severe weather operations.  It was noted that there had been severe weather the previous week, and that this was the 17th anniversary of a long-track, violent F5 tornado that went through Moore.  NCO discussed the various forecast products, including the Storm Prediction Center Outlooks, the NWS Forecast Office Hazardous Weather Outlook, SPC Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Watches, and NWS warnings.  The discussion then moved to our own operations.  NCO noted that

  • the SKYWARN net is a directed net and that all traffic should move through the net control operator;
  • participants should have annual spotter training offered by NWS;
  • radio silence should be observed, with no rag-chewing during the net;
  • reports should be made of severe weather only (57 mph or greater winds, 1” hail or greater, or tornadic conditions);
  • the net will be demobilized by the NCO once the severe weather threat has passed.

NCO then discussed the changes to the siren activation policy in Oklahoma City, noting that their criteria for activation has not changed, only that the sirens in the threatened area will be sounded.  Norman, Moore and the rest of the metro already were doing this.  The discussion concluded by noting that Norman has a new Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director, Travis King.

The net concluded around 8:35 pm.

Gayland Kitch/WX5MOR

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