Hurricane Irma Debrief

I hope everyone came out of the storm unharmed and your family safe. We at VARES are keeping those affected by hurricane Irma in our thoughts and hope for a speedy recovery. Like Matthew Volusia is very lucky. This could have been much more devastating if Irma took one of the earlier paths. VARES is still in a stand by mode in case emergency management require our services in the … Read more

Irma Level I Full Activation

Hurricane Irma has started turning North. This turn will increase the possibility of hurricane winds in Volusia County. With this danger, VARES has gone to level I Full Activation. We are active on the 147.240+ T123.0. We ask all ARES to report to the ARES net in case needed. — Karl Martin KG4HBN Emergency Coordinator Volusia Amateur Radio Emergency Service kg4hbn@gmail.com P/T 386-756-9861

ARES Update 7pm 9/10/17

Good Evening   In the past few hours tropical storm force winds have started coming in from the East. These winds will increase in strength over the next 6 to 12 hours and can reach up to Cat 2. All bridges in Volusia county have now been closed due to high winds. They will remain closed until safety officials have had time to inspect the bridges when the winds go … Read more

ARES Net Tonight 9/8/17 at 7:30pm

Hurricane Irma is just days away from central Florida and continuing it’s track up the state. With no major changes expected, VARES will raise the activation level to Level III Monitoring. At this level ARES is expecting to be activated in the next 48 hours. Tonight at 7:30pm on the 147.240 T123.0 we will be holding a special session of the ARES net. I will explain the plan for Irma … Read more

Update Sandbag Information 9/8/17

In preparation for Hurricane Irma, sandbags are available at the following locations: Volusia County Residents who live in unincorporated Volusia County may pick up sandbags from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at the following locations while supplies last. ID is required. 10 sandbags are available per vehicle per visit. •Oak Hill Fire Station, 213 N. U.S. 1, Oak Hill … Read more