Help from SARS Requested for Animal Rescue Effort

The following was received today (Thursday, 20 Aug 2020) from W6GQL at Napa CERT:

The Napa Community Animal Response Team (CART) has been activated for Large Animal Evacuations in the LNU Complex Fires in eastern Napa County. Napa CERT has been asked to provide emergency Radio Communications support to CART teams. We had our first successful run today [Wednesday], and expect to continue at least through the weekend. The need is much bigger than us, so naturally, we thought of our friends at SARS.

If any SARS members are able and willing to deploy with CART teams in Napa County for Large Animal Evacuation missions, please email your availability to Paul Warnock (W6GQL) at: NapaCERT@gmail.com.

Most of our members only have handy-talkies, and are able to hit the repeaters in most locations. A mobile setup would be a significant improvement, and quite helpful! The CART folks are still working out the logistics, but for now, partial shifts may be available on a case-by-case basis. I would encourage anyone with a half-day available to give their availability, and we will work with CART to determine if this will work for the day in question. At this time, there are no mission parameters for home-bound volunteers, but there are a few openings for Net Control at the Incident Command Post on Foster Road in Napa.

Due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19, strict Social Distancing protocols and masks are required for this mission. Volunteers are encouraged to caravan in their own vehicles, but there are limited carpooling options available for those who wish to do so.

Shifts start at 0900 and end at dusk, but partial shifts may be available. The Rally Point is at NVHA at 1200 Foster Road, in Napa. Please do not self-deploy. 

We will be using the following Napa County repeaters:

W6BYS Sugarloaf (2m): 146.820 MHz, -0.600 MHz offset, Tx Tone 100.0 Hz

W6BYS Mt. St. Helena (2m): 146.820 MHz, -0.600 MHz offset, Tx Tone 151.4 Hz

W6BYS Yountville (70cm): 440.050 MHz, +5.000 MHz offset, Tx Tone 114.8 Hz  

We will also have access to Local Government repeaters via a limited number of CART HTs.

I have copied Powell Helmes (KK6YVV), the CERT Incident Commander on scene
[ phelems@americancanyoncert.org ]. Between the two of us, we should be able to answer any additional questions that any of your members may have.

73!

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