Emergency Communications
China's earthquake - update #3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman of the IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee   
Monday, 22 April 2013 08:05

The rescue and relief efforts after Saturday's southwest China Ya'an earthquake is continuing with the number of lives lost officially at 188 people, 25 are missing and 11,460 injured.

While radio amateurs continue to help with relief efforts, Fan Bin BA1RB says that public communication is back to normal in the disaster area. He said the CRSA/CRAC no longer required 3855kHz, 7050kHz and 14270kHz as emergency communication frequencies. It expressed thanks for the support from IARU member societies and others during the disaster.

It rained in the earthquake area last night. Effective traffic control has been very important to transport tents, water, foods and medicines into the area. The rural communities around Ya'an city are along the same seismic fault where the Great Sichuan Earthquake killed more than 90,000 people five years ago, in one of China\'s worst natural disasters. The latest earthquake on Saturday left tens of thousands of people in tents or cars, unable to return home or too afraid to go back as aftershocks continued. Badly hit Lushan County is now a large refugee camp, with tents set up and volunteers providing meals.

China's earthquake - update #2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by G0DUB on behalf of BA1RB, Fanbin   
Sunday, 21 April 2013 10:54

The earthquake has killed 179 people and injured 6986. Hundreds of amateur radio operators went to Ya'an helping disaster relief. The disaster happened as the Global Simulated Emergency Test was underway headed in China by station BY3CQ and others - BG8EIU, BG8FCK, BG8DE, BG8FPB, BY8DX, BH8AHU, BA8IK and BG8EBB - who are now either helping on HF, VHF or in the disaster area. Fan Bin BA1RB contacted this morning Liu Hu BD8AAA who is in the epicentre at Lushan county.

The following updates are available:

1. Public communication is normal in Ya'an and Lushan, the UHF and VHF repeaters work fine to provide effective communication. While in some remote rural areas, the communication is still needed to be established. Amateur Radio teams are actively helping build up the communications.

2. The government has more experiences to organise the disaster relief, amateur radio operators were organised and provided help based on government needs.

3. Because suddenly there are too many vehicles coming into Ya'an city and Lushan county, the transportation traffic condition is severe.

There are 8 amateur radio teams, more than 200 amateur radio operators helping local transportation department to relieve traffic congestion. The request to keep the HF frequencies of 3855kHz, 7050kHz and 14270kHz clear for disaster traffic remains. The Sichuan amateur radio association took immediate action with BA8DX (not BD8DX as earlier report) and BD8AAA leading a team heading to the disaster.

Earthquake hit Ya'an city, Sichuan province, China PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 April 2013 14:26

Today 8:02am, a 7.0 scale earthquake hit Ya'an city, Sichuan province in China. The epicenter was near Lushan County. As of 17:24 today, 113 persons were killed and more than 2,000 were injured. 

After the disaster, The Sichuan amateur radio association took immediate actions, BD8DX and BD8AAA lead team heading to disaster area providing emergency communication services. 
The local amateur radio repeater works fine, and provided emergency communication for the public. BG8FUW in Lushan county, BG8EYD in Ya'an city help providing amateur radio emergency communication.

Some amateur radio operators watches on HF or went to disaster area to help disaster relief. 
Today is also the GlobalSet emergency simulation test second session. China HQ station BY3CQ made a QSO with BG8DE, who was on the way to the earthquake area to help disaster relief.

CRSA / CRAC call for all amateur radio operators, to avoid 3855 kHz, 7050 kHz and 14270 kHz on short wave for possible interference on disaster relief use.

Floods in Argentina - Final PDF Print E-mail
Written by G0DUB for Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Regional 3 Disaster Communications Committee   
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 22:43

Record flash floods have killed several dozen people and destroyed thousands of homes in the Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, that suffered its heaviest April rainfall since records began in 1906.

On Saturday there was heavy traffic on the 40 metre band, coordinating communications between the Radioclub La Plata and other areas who were sending food, clothing and other items to the flooded area. Jorge Sierra LU1AS of Buenos Aires reports that relief efforts are being coordinated by radio clubs that have played an important role during the disaster.

Net Control Stations were local radio clubs who told of road closures, the location of the collection centres in the area and planned transportation and reception. The province's capital of La Plata was badly hit. The frequencies used are 7070 and 7120 MHz, with activity by Emergenciaslu Amateur (Amateur Radio Emergency Service of Argentina) plus VHF and UHF repeaters maintained by the Radioclub La Plata LU8DZE.

Communication was helped by the use of the Internet, email and SMS which made it easier to locate someone or make it known that radio support was available. Safe drinking water and power supplies were the immediate concerns for the affected people, with the media reporting half of the homes in La Plata were under water and the damage bill was estimated at $5 billion.

The storms drenched Buenos Aires on Monday and Tuesday last week then torrential rain fell on La Plata during a two-hour period one day later, knocking out phone and power lines. The flooding turned roadways into raging rivers.

Jorge LU1AS expressed thanks for keeping the emergency channels clear and being otherwise very helpful during the unfortunate event.

Argentina has declared three days of national mourning.

Argentine radio amateurs respond to flooding emergency PDF Print E-mail
Written by G0DUB   
Friday, 05 April 2013 21:20

Jorge, LU1AS reports that the Amateur Radio Emergency Service of Argentina are operating following heavy flooding in the cities of Buenos Aires and La Plata.  The frequencies that are being used on 40 meters are 7070 and 7120, in addition to VHF and UHF repeaters kept on alert for the radio club La Plata, LU8DZE.

The flooding rains have been very strong in the city of Buenos Aires and surrounding areas, and in the city of La Plata, which is the capital of the Province of Buenos Aires, located 60 kilometers south of the City of Buenos Aires.  So far 57 people have died, 51 of them in La Plata.

The assistance of the amateur community in keeping clear of any emergency traffic would be appreciated.


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