Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members know that communication during an emergency is vital. Don Lewis of the Alexandria Radio Club in Virginia wants CERTs around the country to know how amateur radios can help.
Amateur radios, also known as ham radios, are useful tools. Lewis, who is trained in CERT, explained that ham radios are more powerful than regular radios. They aren’t incredibly expensive, and they have a wide range of uses.
Sometimes CERTs may need to work together throughout a large area. They need to be able to report things that they have found. They sometimes even need to request medical support. Using a radio is easier, safer, and more efficient than sending a person back with messages, says Lewis. Ham radios enable a CERT to communicate over much greater distances than standard radios. This can improve the level at which a CERT can coordinate. CERTs already use ham radios in exercises and they have extended their range and effectiveness.
The City of Berkeley, California’s CERT has already begun using ham radios in city-wide disaster drills. In the winter of 2018, they held a 24-hour mock disaster where they practiced their ham radio skills to better prepare their city. They were able to maintain communications in the whole city for the entire 24-hour exercise. This allowed them to relay critical information to citizens and disaster crews. They were also able to use hams to aid the city during a blackout in November of 2017. The CERTs used solar powered batteries in their ham radios. This allowed them to function even when power and phones were down.
Ham radio instructions are also built into Pasadena, California’s emergency management system. The area experiences earthquakes several times a year. The quakes can destroy cell towers and phones lines in an instant. Ham radios can be a huge asset during a disaster like this, so Pasadena has a network of radio operators trained to take over communications at any time they need. They can contact hospitals or fire stations to better serve their community. Ham operators can even aide families in contacting one another once a disaster has passed.
Are you interested in learning how to operate a ham radio of your own to serve your community? Then the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) may be for you. They are a group of radio operators who volunteer for various disasters and public service events. They can provide guidance for training, equipment, licensing, and anything else that you may like to know about hams!
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This sermon, by Pastor Carter Conlon of Times Square Church, was given a week after the tragedy of 9-11-01. This message is one that our nation needs. Around timestamp, 54:57, Pastor Carter Conlon declares:
- Run from gospels that focus only on success and prosperity. Run!
- Run from those who use the name of Christ only for personal gain.
- Run from those who are picking your pocket in the name of Jesus. Run!
- Run from gospels that only focus on self-improvement. Run!
- Run from churches where men and not Christ are glorified. Run!Run Body of Christ, Run! Get out! Don’t touch the unclean thing.
- Run from churches in America and Canada where there is no Bible. There is no cross in the theology. There is no soul-searching word. There is no repentance from sin. There is no mention of the blood of Jesus. Run! It’s unclean. Run!
- Run from churches where you are comfortable in your sins. If you come into the house of God and you got sin in your life and your not convicted of it, you are at a table of devils.
- Run from pulpits that are filled with political men, who are using the pulpit of God for a personal political agenda. Run!
- Run from those who preach division between races and cultures. Run! Run! Get out! Turn it off! Get away from it! They know nothing of God.
- Run from ungodly spasmodic movements and aimless empty prophesying. Beloved Church, run for your life!
- Run from preachers that stand and tell stories and jokes. Run like you’ve never run before!
Six ways to store settings in SharePoint
When developing applications or custom solutions for SharePoint you will on several occasions have to store settings for you application of some kind. When developing database driven or other custom solutions you easily create a database table or make the settings in app/web.config file. You can of course use these approaches when developing for SharePoint, but there are some things to consider when doing this. This post will outline some approaches you can use to store your settings.
Read the entire post on Wictor Wilen’s Blog located at http://www.wictorwilen.se/Post/Six-ways-to-store-settings-in-SharePoint.aspx
Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason answers the question: If humans have the ability to make decisions, is it possible not to sin? For more information, visit str.org.