CB group prepares for emergencies

In late October 2012 when Hurricane Sandy roared through northern Ohio my mother and I were without power for five days. Fortunately we have a whole-house generator and were able to weather the storm in relative comfort. However, many of our neighbors and friends in Bay Village were not so well-off. Attempting to locate accurate information regarding warming centers, power outages, and storm updates was difficult to almost impossible for many residents.

After experiencing Hurricane Sandy firsthand I was ready to explore how I might be better prepared to handle similar situations in the future. Several months prior to the storm I had read an article in the Observer about a disaster-response CB radio group that had recently formed to address various emergency scenarios. 

I contacted Jim Kettren, the founder of the group called BayComm, to gather additional information. I decided to join and have been active for the past two years in our weekly radio check-ins, monthly meetings, and training sessions. I had absolutely no background using a CB radio, but I quickly learned the protocols and “jargon.”

Our volunteer members come from the Westshore suburbs of Bay Village, Fairview Park, Westlake, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Lakewood. I feel comfortable using the radio to contact BayComm members in the event of an emergency when other forms of communication may be unavailable.

I encourage residents to contact Jim Kettren at jim.kettren@hyland.com to learn how they can become better prepared to meet emergencies that may arise in our communities. 

Jan Henderson

A retired university professor (Ohio State) returned to Bay Village to care for my 93 year old mother... interested in gardening, knitting, quilting, reading, and volunteering with the Red Cross and the elderly.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.11.2014