The St. Cloud Amateur Radio Club is heavily vested in Emergency Communications. We meet the first Thursday of the month @ 7:00 pm at the SCARC Clubhouse to hone our skills, refine our objectives, explore new ideas and procedures, conduct training, etc. To that extent, we have implemented CMEC – Central MN Emergency Communications, as a division of the Club. CMEC is compromised of four distinct groups:
- HRES – Ham Radio Emergency Services
The Ham Radio Emergency Services group voluntarily serves the Community in time need such as natural disaster, mass casualty, civil unrest, or other catastrophic events. We encourage all Ham Radio Operators to declare their intent to help in time of need. Currently we are starting with basic online FEMA training classes, and will expand this training as time goes forward. To start with, we ask that all interested Hams start with IS-100b, IS-200b, IS-700b, & IS-800b. These can be found at FEMA Training, under Independent Study, or by simply searching Google. You will need to register for a FEMA Student ID before completing the short exam. Once you have completed the course and have your certificate, please email a copy of the .pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- RCC – Red Cross Communications
- RHC – Central MN Regional Hospital Coalition
- SKYWARN – Central MN Skywarn
We work directly with the Red Cross to help facilitate communications and necessary forms via HF/VHF/UHF radio when other modes of communication are unavailable. To that end, we have invested in extensive radio capabilities designed for this area in particular.
The Central Minnesota Healthcare Preparedness Program is a healthcare coalition made up of members from Clinics, Hospitals, Long-Term-Care facilities, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Local Public Health Departments, Amateur Radio Operators, and many other agencies/organizations. Currently, once a month on the first Wednesday @ 1:00 pm, we run a NET to help make sure that the coalition is able to communicate when conventional communication modes are out of service.
The Saint Cloud Amateur Radio Club is the host of the Central Minnesota Skywarn program under the Director of Emergency Communications. Central Minnesota Skywarn currently serves Stearns County via the SCARC Emergency Services Repeater, and Benton County via the Benton County Emergency Services Repeater. When the National Weather Service activates our group, we deploy a network of trained spotters that report their observations via radio to Net Control in our EOC so that we may pass possible life saving information to the National Weather Service.