Members sought for Westshore citizen CB/ham radio club

Remember the Northeast Blackout of 2003? No lights, refrigeration, gas pumps or computers, jammed cell phone lines – until the towers fail, along with weakening water pumps. In an extended power outage there would eventually be no way besides radio to communicate across town or across the region.

We hope and pray this or a more serious scenario never occurs just like we hope not to be in a traffic accident. But we buy insurance for motor vehicle accidents anyway, don’t we? Should we not then establish communication insurance for our families, businesses, government assistance, and supply chains?

If you are a CB radio or ham radio operator, please consider becoming part of a civilian team of communicators that will be ready to serve the community when needed.  

The vision of Jim Kettren (KC8CXZ), Bay Village resident and auxiliary police officer, is to form an organized radio club. Potential members would apply to the team, a background check would be done and regular meetings, both in person and via radio, would be scheduled. On a day-to-day basis members would chat frequently and get to know each other and the capabilities of the team.

In partnership with the Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team and perhaps, eventually, other area CERTs and radio groups, this communications team would help meet emergency needs when those needs outweigh the resources. 

Communications are vital for every component of our health, safety, and community life. When the grid goes down we must have a Plan B of off-grid communications. If you are an experienced CB Radio or ham radio operator, or would like to be, please consider serving your community in this significant way. Emergency preparedness and mitigation is everyone’s responsibility. For additional information contact Jim Kettren, Jim.Kettren@hyland.com, 440-788-5816.

Tricia Granfors

The Westshore Regional CERT (WSC) is a (as of April 2011) 240 member nonprofit volunteer team under the Westshore Council of Governments.

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