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April VE Testing Canceled
Due to safety concerns
and government recommendations for social distancing, VE
testing for April 13th has been canceled. We hope to be
back in operation for the May 11th session. Check back
here for future developments. Thank you for bearing with
us in these difficult times.
April General Meeting
to the government recommendations for social distancing,
the Board has decided to change the April 6, 2020
general meeting location to be one where we meet
electronically, rather than in person to protect the
members of our organization as well as our EMA
partners. This will be done via internet, computers,
and the telephone. All members are encouraged to
attend, as there is still important business that should
be conducted to keep us ready to respond when needed.
on how we will conduct the meeting are still being
worked out by the Board. Further details, including
actions that members will need to take to attend the
meeting, will be communicated as soon as they are
developed. This communication will be no later than
Friday, April 3, in time for the meeting to be held at
the normal time (7:00 PM) on April 6, 2020.
took this action to protect the members of the
organization and still proceed with business that is
important to the Lake County RACES/ARES
organization. This will also demonstrate our
organization flexibility and allow us to conduct the
business of maintaining the equipment and processes used
for further communications in both your email and on the
NWS Spotter Training Canceled
As expected by most of
us, spotter training for this year has now been
cancelled. NWS Chicago may produce a webinar or video to
watch at home - no firm decisions on that have been made
yet. I'll update everyone as soon as I hear something.
We regret to
inform you that the 2020 DuPage Advanced Severe Weather
Seminar, scheduled for this Saturday (March 14) has been
cancelled. Our event venue, Wheaton College has closed
their campus to events such as ours as a response to the
evolving COVID-19 situation. Additionally, the DuPage
County Health Department has advised and recommended
that all gatherings over 250 participants be cancelled.
While we deeply regret the need to take this action, it
is taken out of a desire to protect our constituents.
At this time, it
is unknown if we will reschedule the seminar this year
or work toward the 30th anniversary of the seminar next
will be working with Eventbrite to process refunds for
individuals who purchased their seats for the seminar
RACES Calendar for other cancellations
Air Weather Hour
The Hot Air Weather Hour is a monthly radio show on
WRLR 98.3 FM hosted by Bruce Becker, Dave Kleckner, and
Greg Perkins all about the weather. Live 90 minute
episodes are aired at 5:00 PM on the last Sunday of the
month. If you are unable to receive the low power over
the air signal, the show can be streamed at
At the annual meeting on
January 13th,2020 elections were held to fill expiring
board positions. New elected board members are Ben
Miller, KD9BBB who will take over the position of
Secretary and Matt Squire, NM1S who will become a new
board member. Congratulations to both. Other positions
The full board listing is
RACES Goes to the fair
Amateur License Testing
Members and the public are
reminded that our VE Team conducts license testing every
second Monday at 7PM at the Lake County EOC in
Libertyville. Watch this website for exact dates as some
may be offset due to holidays. Walk ins are welcome
however pre-registration is available.
More details about our VE
program are available
Pre registration is available
Support Lake County
Did you know that there are new ways to support our
group? We have added a support page to our menu.
If you shop on Amazon, you can join
Amazon Smile. By joining and logging in via amazon smile,
at no additional cost to you, a small percentage of what
you pay to Amazon will be donated to RACES. It's easy to
set up and use.
We use Go Fund Me page for project
donations. There is no current project but will be soon.
And if you would like to make a cash
donation please visit our PayPal donation page. We can
always use additional funds to support our projects.
Our support page is located
here. Please visit it. Thanks.
a Weather Radio
According to our EC Don K9DRW,
if you don't have a weather radio, you REALLY
should buy one.
Read the article
Reprinted from November 2008 Public
Safety Communications with permission of
APCO International. For membership and
subscription information, visit http://www.apcointl.org.
Anyone serious about Emergency Support
should have a go-kit, or maybe more than one. It may be
something you keep in the car or something mostly packed
and ready to go at home. Even if you don't have one, you
should think about what you might need to have in case
of an emergency.
This is a presentation that Dan O'Connor, KE7HLR made at EMCOMMWEST in 2008. It's a
rather large PDF file (about 3Meg). If you don't have a
high speed connection, I suggest downloading it, and
reading it off line. It's great 'food for thought' and
well worth the read. I found myself mentally comparing
Dan's ideas to what I have assembled and thinking about
what I might want to add.
PERSONAL GO-KIT FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
Saturday - Apr 11th
Emergency Management Agency
Alert Lake County
Lake County Transportation
Lake County Passage