- Section Name:
- Northern Florida
- Stephen W. Szabo WB4OMM
- Daytime Phone:
October 8 2016
Good Evening My Fellow Amateurs,
Hurricane Matthew is gone, the first Category 3 to 4 Storm to hit the East Coast of Florida in some time. It was not fun. It was not nice. Our area had winds in the 80+ MPH zone for an extended period of time (in hurricane force winds for at least 2-3 hours). We have huge amounts of losses, but minimal injuries and fatalities (unlike Haiti, that was not so fortunate). Many other area of our state have also experienced similar impacts. Please keep those folks in your thoughts and prayers. It is my fervent hope that you all survived the storm and you and your family are safe – and you did not sustain any catastrophic damages.
I just finished a 67 hour (in four days) citywide EOC management marathon, and if I ramble, I apologize – yes, I’m a bit worn around the edges! I also was able to provide information, guidance and answer multiple e-mails and phone calls regarding our section/states activities in the ARES arena. I am aware of many ARES groups activation in the Section, both in harm’s way and those who were not. Many EOC’s, hospitals, shelters, public safety and others were supported by hams, and I was able to monitor some of the HF ARES, SARNet, Hurricane Watch Nets from my EOC in Daytona Beach (well, until a 70 to 80 MPH gust took our antenna down!). What I heard was capable, professional net control and excellent cooperation in keeping those frequencies clear for life safety. I thank EVERYONE for that great cooperation!
If you participated in these activities, as you have time, please provide an after-action report to Strait and I, including photos if possible – photos of you working with our served agencies if possible – and who was involved in our response, how many hours, any traffic or other information passed, how many days. This does not have to be a Pulitzer Prize winning manuscript, but if you can summarize your activities and get it to us in the next few days it would be absolutely great. Include challenges you had and how you worked out solutions. I am particularly interested in how your served agency worked with you. Keep it simple and make it easy to read!
I am cancelling the Level 1 Activation under our NFL Section ARES Communication Plan effective midnight, tonight (Monday October 9, 2016).
I again thank you for what you do. Please continue to be safe.
73, Steve WB4OMM
Steve Szabo WB4OMM
NFL Section Manager
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Northern Florida Officials
Section ManagerStephen W. Szabo WB4OMM
Assistant Section ManagerPatricia A. Steinberg KB2EV
Technical CoordinatorFrank N. Haas KB4T
Assistant Section ManagerNeil Light KK4VHX
Affiliated Club CoordinatorStephen D. Palmer W4LOM
Assistant Section ManagerRaymond Gerard Crepeau K1HG
Public Info CoordinatorScott Alan Roberts KK4ECR
Assistant Section ManagerJoseph D. Bushel W2DWR
Section Traffic ManagerDon A. Duckett N9MN
Assistant Section ManagerJeffrey D. Capehart W4UFL
Section Emergency CoordinatorL Strait Hollis KT4YA
Assistant Section ManagerJohn C. Reynolds W4IJJ
Section Youth CoordinatorJames G. Lea WX4TV
State Government LiaisonDarrell L. Brock N4GOA
Official Observer CoordinatorRick A. Lloyd AA4W
Assistant Section ManagerDavid A. Davis WA4WES