28 July 2006
GB-NERR Launches New Website
Christopher sends us news that the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has launched a renewed and enhanced website and sporting its own domain. Our intrepid Stewardship Coordinator appears in a few of the images on the site. A copy of the Press Release follows.
Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Launches New Web site
12 July 2006
Nearly six weeks into the 2006 Hurricane Season, serious impact to the continental U.S. has been minimal. Complacency, however, should be avoided. Many of our family and friends live in areas of potential landfall and serious damage. As such, we would like to enlighten these individuals of a heretofore overlooked resource for informing loved ones and friends of their health and welfare.
Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and, to a lesser extent, Wilma reinforced the fact that reliance upon telephone (whether wireless or terrestrial) and the internet may be futile in imemdiate aftermath of a catastrophic event. There is, however, merit and benefit to the timely notification of kith and kin of one's well-being. One mainstay of every disaster situation is the presence of members of the amateur radio service. Whether from the Red Cross, Salvation Army, ARES or RACES, ham radio operators are ever present and ready to relay a message to areas outside of the disaster zone.
Tried and tested relay networks exist to get "Health and Welfare" messages delivered past the blackout perimeter and into the hands of those who are concerned for the well-being of those affected. At the earliest opportunity during which it can safely be accomplished, make your way to the command post of the local civil or governmental authority and ask for the location of the communications center. Seek out someone in charge and ask them for directions to the amateur radio volunteers. Provide the latter with the name, address and telephone contact for next of kin and ask them to send a message informing loved ones of your situation.
For maximum effect, please consider directing such messages to one or both of our resident radio operators, Herman (KE5HYW) or Fred (N2TOO). The primary advantage of this option is greater coverage. As radio operators, they will have the greatest chance of receiving any message in a timely manner and can ensure relay to the widest audience of friends and family. In fact, as webmaster for this domain, Herman can publicize the state of one's well-being to an even wider audience.
Regardless of the designated recipient, please bear this option in mind when disaster strikes. Whether or not you as an affected individual are feeling the anxiety of the moment, friends and members of your family may be quite beside themselves with worry and concern. A simple note of welfare can go a long way toward calming apprehension.
Do not limits this resource to foul weather, either. Disasters come in many forms and can affect the communications infrastructure in equally severe ways. The ability to vault over the striken area by means of radio waves is applicable to many situations. Remember it and use it. Amateur radio operators are there to serve your needs!
09 July 2006
Denali Trek Album
Christopher reports that he and Jen have returned safely from their two week trip to Denali National Park in Alaska. As usual, they have taken pictures of some spectacular vistas and made them available to interested family and friends at their web site.
For those with a community membership, Christopher has posted an announcement to the root message board where comments and feedback are welcome.
02 July 2006
Return of John Adame Photography
Indirect notification has been received that John Adame Photography has returned to the net. Evidently in existence since late May, John has resurrected his freelance photography venture under the auspices of a Photo Reflect node. Navigation is a bit difficult, but the benefits of a competent online presence will no doubt prove advantageous.
01 July 2006
Return from Down Under
Peggy informs the net that Mike and Lisa have returned from Tasmania and have settled into the community of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. According to the report, they repatriated three months ago and Mike has joined a practice with five other surgeons. Their residence if less than forty minutes from Spokane the home of Lisa's father.
A two week April visit by Peggy helped the newly returned couple with move-in activities by looking after Georgia and Lachlan. This entire branch of the May Clan all sixteen members are planning to gather in Idaho during August to celebrate Georgia's third birthday and provide a proper homecoming for the family. The promise of photos and a summary have been offered. Be sure to check back in about eight weeks or so.
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