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This page contains links to documents, software programs, and to other tools we've found useful and collected here for your convenience.  We have also included links to some multimedia files.

Documents

Sachse RACES/ARES Standard Operating Procedures
R.A.C.E.S. Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 (Enrolled Bill)
Guidance for Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (FEMA CPG 1-15)
Part 97, Federal Communications Commission Rules & Regulations, Amateur Radio Service

Software

HamScope Version 1.5 (Excellent Sound Card Software for RTTY, CW, PSK31, etc.)
WinPSK Second Edition Version 2.23 (Another Excellent Sound Card Program for PSK31)

Tools

STANDARDIZED REPORTING FORMAT

To assist you in emergency situations we have developed a reporting format that follows the letters of the word HAND.

H= HAVE = What type of emergency do you have? Is it a fire, accident with injury, medical emergency?
A= AT = You are AT _________________?
N= NEED = What assistance do you NEED? Fire truck, Police Officer, Ambulance?
D= DETAILS= What DETAILS will help responders? DETAILS are those things that the responders need to know BEFORE they arrive on scene. For instance, is there a fire or fuel or chemical spill, are there fumes, are there several victims, is there a hazard they need to prepare for in advance? If there is a Hazardous Material Placard on a vehicle involved in an accident, the number tells the responders what material they will have to deal with, however
DO NOT APPROACH VEHICLES THAT DISPLAY HAZARDOUS MATERIAL PLACARDS.
If you can't see it from your location, don't go closer, just tell the dispatcher that there is a "HAZ-MAT PLACARD".

H - "I HAVE A _____________"
A - "AT ___________________________"
N -" I NEED (Fire Dept., Police Officer, Ambulance)"
D - (DETAILS) ________________________


Remember to keep your transmissions BRIEF to give responders an opportunity to ask vital questions

Multimedia

Tornado footage from the FEMA library (RealMedia Format)

 

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