Tag: Emergency Preparedness

Big Bear Hams Have A Field Day

Big Bear, CA June 21, 2011 12:00 pm – What do communities do when phone lines, the Internet, and other communications are not working? During the recent tornadoes in the mid-west, amateur radio operators, often called “Hams”, stepped in.  Many times this was the only way emergency services personnel and victims of the storms could communicate.  In our area, the Big Bear Amateur Radio Club trains and prepares to maintain critical communications in case of wildfires, winter storms and other emergencies.  This weekend, the public will have the opportunity to meet and talk with Big Bear ham radio operators, and see how 2.5 million amateur radio operators world-wide work together to provide emergency communications.  Beginning at 11:00 am Saturday, through the night until 11:00 on Sunday morning, the Big Bear hams will be demonstrating the latest radio technologies, the history of amateur radio, and emergency communications abilities at their annual Field Day to be held in Bear Mountain Resort’s parking lot.  Part of a nation-wide “Amateur Radio Week”, the Big Bear operators will use only emergency power supplies to demonstrate the power of modern amateur radio and that “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” For more information about the Big Bear Amateur Radio Club, go to http://bbarc.org/ [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30839.mp3|titles=Amateur Radio Operators Field Day...

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Emergency Preparedness Fair Educates Public

The emergency preparedness fair held on Saturday, August 28th, couldn’t have come at a better time.   As fire crews left the fair to fight the May Van Canyon fire that sprouted that day, Matthew Nielsen, Boy Scout in Troup 49, kept the show running at the Convention Center, educating people about how to be prepared.  Vendors from the Big Bear Valley, and from off the mountain displayed, sold and gave away emergency preparedness information, gear, and food.  Honeyville Grains displayed their wide variety of dried foods that can be used in an emergency by just adding water.   KBHR was at the event as well, and gave away a solar powered, hand crank radio that can come in handy during power outages.  The men and boys of Boyscout Troop 49 set up a campsite with emergency gear, displaying the Boyscout way.  Troop 49 also cooked hotdogs, and had snacks and drinks for the crowd.  Matthew emceed the event, and ran the drawing that operated every 30 minutes, prizes included 72 hour kits, that provide food and supplies for 72 hours after an emergency.  Bob Barnett, long time Big Bear City Fire Fighter acted as one of Matthews mentors for the event, and was very proud of the job the 14-year-old Boy Scout had done.  “I cant believe he is only 14,” said Barnett, “he has some future ahead of him.” ...

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