Hurricane season starts June 1st and extends to November 31st. Currently the National Hurricane Center hurricanes.gov is predicting higher then normal tropical activity this season. As emergency communication volunteers we must be prepared, ready and trained when disaster strikes Volusia and Florida.
First you need to be prepared by having a personal kit ready. What I mean by personal kits are the items you will need if you leave your house or not.
Items like Medications, Food, Water and important papers you may need. As communicators you should have a 2M mobile radio (not HT) with 50 watts and at the lest a 5/8 wave antenna with backup power.
You don’t need to deploy to volunteer for ARES. You could volunteer for net control duties. Contact the ARES net before and after a disaster. We can always find a way to use your skills.
Here are just a few links to help you this hurricane season.
National Hurricane Center – hurricanes.gov
National Weather Service Melbourne – weather.gov/melbourne
Volusia County Emergency Management – https://www.volusia.org/services/public-protection/emergency-management/