Amateurs Provide Communications Support During Gas Leak

07/29/2009 On Friday, July 23 at 2 PM, Sacramento City CERT activated Sacramento City Fire CERT and Sacramento County ARES® for a large natural gas leak in South Sacramento. According to ARRL Sacramento Valley Section DEC and CERT Communications Manager Frank Reshke, N6SNO, a two block area was evacuated due to the leak. “Around 30 people came to a shelter that had been set up at a local church,” he said. “This is where the CERT and ARES amateurs established a communications network with the Unified Command of Sacramento City Fire and Police and the Red Cross.” Reshke said the incident lasted for four hours: “At 6:05 PM, the Unified Command allowed the evacuees back into the neighborhood.” -- Information provided by Frank Reshke, N6SNO