Storm a wake-up call for BayComm, CB group ready if severe emergency hits

The aftermath of Superstorm Sandy was a harsh taste of reality. All but one member of BayComm, an all-volunteer Westshore CB radio group, were without power for up to six days. Working with the BVPD, I assisted with sitting on downed power lines until the power company got there, while another of our members had to deal with an oak tree splitting his garage in half. My mother is in the Knickerbocker and it was quite an ordeal for all of the residents there. The town was "lifeless," as if it had been severely injured, and it seemed like an alien world just to drive around town in the darkness.

Interestingly enough, we had a few privileges that we wouldn't have if it had been some form of EMP attack. We still had our cell phones, and we could still get gas in neighboring communities that were unaffected. Hard to believe that things could have been worse, but it was a wake-up call to me that we need to prepare for a time when wireless 2-way communications is all there is, to stay connected.

We may not have the luxury of going to a hotel, or to a relative’s house to ride it out. That will be the time when BayComm will hopefully have enough members to throw a lifeline across the community, to help people to stay in contact with one another, to provide critical information.

I do hope that residents will remember the confusion, anxiety and frustration in the days after the storm and consider volunteering their efforts to assist during future emergencies. For more information about BayComm, please contact me at jim.kettren@hyland.com.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:19 AM, 11.13.2012