From: Bryan Nehl, K0EMT Moniteau County Emergency Coordinator Re: Moniteau County ARES response to Storm and then Camden County EMA requested we go to a standby status at the EOC and we were able to be on the air from the EOC monitoring our local UHF repeater and the area SkyWarn net. We were also able to maintain communication with the National Weather Service in St Louis via the W0SMI linked UHF Repeater system. We were glad to be able to relay information from the lake area to them. A number of our members were spotting in the field. As the storm front was clearing our area we monitored a request for communications and medical assistance in Camdenton. They had been hit by a tornado. As our area appeared to be in the clear, a contingent of three of our operators made a rapid response to Camdenton. Of the three responding, two were Fire Fighter/EMT trained and the other a Chaplain. During the trip progress was monitored by the Moniteau County EOC and critical information was relayed both to the responders and to the EOC in Camdenton. Information included a new tornado warning for Camden county. Once on scene the Chaplain was assigned to the shelter being establshed for those displaced by the tornado(s). The FF/EMT's were assigned to a rescue squad and were the primary first responders for a wide coverage area. Many of the surrounding communities had resources nearly depleted because of the response to Camdenton. Our ARES members were released from their posts as operations stood down for the night. The members arrived back home at 3:35AM.
From: Dale Huffington, AE0S District F Emergency Coordinator Re: Request for Assistance from ARES On Sunday, May 4, 2002 a major storm went through several counties in Southeastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri causing 21 deaths and widespread destruction of buildings. The MO section ARES leader's request for HF contact with the affected counties in Missouri led to contact with an ARES group working in Kansas, as well. In response to a request for assistance from the ARES group on site in Girard and Franklin, KS, ARES members in District F provided communications on VHF and HF on Tuesday, May 6, 2003. The team included Kurt Bleich, KB0HNR, Robert Jett, K0YBN, Bryan Nehl, K0EMT, Jim Oney, KE0UY, and Dale Huffington, AE0S, team leader and District F EC. At 9:00 a.m. The team reported in to the Salvation Army Center in Pittsburg, KS, where the command post was established. Captain. Womack, S.A., briefed the District F team and local amateur Taylor Francis, KA5NOM (from near-by Nevada, MO). Communications on Monday were provided by KA5NOM and a SATERN team that included George McCarville, WB0CNK, Daniel Reed, N0ZIZ and other amateurs from the region. KA5NOM set up the 40 meter station at Girard with K0YBN. KA5NOM maintained contacts with Kansas City on the half hour and K0YBN manned the VHF link on 146.52. The site received donations and inquiries which were relayed to Salvation Army HQ in Pittsburg. KE0UY and AE0S set up a mobile station at the command post in Franklin, adjacent to the S.A. canteen. There they monitored the 40 meter link and carried traffic regarding supplies for the canteen and accommodations for volunteers. At the Pittsburg Salvation Army location, KB0HNR and K0EMT set up another 40 meter station and a 146 and 440 MHz station. KB0HNR coordinated traffic among all sites and several outside stations relaying weather information about tornado watches and warnings affecting our locations. K0EMT served as a roving station for much of the day. He also set up an alternate HF station with wire antennas on 40 and 80 meters and provided communications with Kansas City Salvation Army HQ when communications at the primary location became marginal. Equipment provided by the team and set up on site included dual band VHF/UHF mobile units, dual band hand-held units, transceivers, wire and vertical antennas for 80 and 40 meters, push-up poles for VHF and HF antennas, batteries, inverters, coax, spare VHF/UHF antennas and repair equipment including antenna analyzers. During the afternoon the District F team was advised of reported tornado touchdowns in their home location. Since KB0HNR and K0EMT are Emergency Operations Manager for and ARES Emergency Coordinator, respectively, for Moniteau County, they maintained close contact with the amateurs providing information from NWS via Internet link and broadcast reports. By 3:30 supplies had been distributed and volunteer housing arranged. Communications needs at the KS sites were minimal. The team broke down stations and checked out with Salvation Army HQ in Pittsburg, returning through areas under tornado warnings. Only heavy rain and hail were experienced.