December 2017

December 2017

EC’s Bulletin

National Preparedness Month is over, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t continue to be “Ready”. In Case of Emergency (I.C.E) assists first responders if a victim is unable to provide emergency information by utilizing the common cell phone. There are no requirements that anyone subscribe or become a member of any group or submit a fee to benefit from using I.C.E. like other commercial products on the market. The ICE program was originally developed in 2004 in the United Kingdom by first responder Bob Brotchie and quickly spread into other countries.

To program I.C.E. into your cell phone:

  1. Access the address book feature of your cell phone
  2. Enter the name ICE followed by the persons complete name to call
  3. Enter the phone number of your husband, wife, parent or whoever needs to know about you in case of an emergency (no nicknames or position names)

For example: “ICE Joe Smith 214-555-xxxx.”  (Out-of-area is probably a good idea just like your family disaster planning.)  Then, make sure Joe knows about being listed and has current information such as your allergy list, doctor’s name, what ever you think is important. Alternately, a person can list multiple emergency contacts as "ICE1", "ICE2", etc. First responders or doctors will be able to look for this listing if a cell phone is found with an unresponsive victim.  The I.C.E. phone entry(s) should be supplemented or complimented by written (wallet card/bracelet/necklace) information or indicators.

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Amateur radio operators have a reputation for providing emergency communications when disaster strikes.

  • Can you work in a controlled environment?
  • Will you volunteer your qualifications and communications equipment for use in public service when a disaster strikes?
  •  Do you have a sincere desire to serve your community as an emergency communications volunteer?

Go to See “ARES® Membership” to find how you can become an ARES® member.

Why do we need to do the FEMA training? It’s because the federal government requires that any Emergency Management Agency or Disaster Relief Agency have this training. This also includes any Part 97 volunteers. Let me refer you to the article in the ARRL ARES® E-Letter posted October 20, 2011 titled “Why the FEMA Courses”



The  website wrote. “SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARN operators visit NWS offices and contact other National Weather Service offices around the world.”  Information regarding SRD is updated at Check out the operating rules and how to get your certificate for participation. You are invited to come out and visit the El Paso Weather Forecasting Office, 7955 Airport Rd, Santa Teresa, NM 88008. Bring the family work a few contacts and talk to the meteorologists that are on duty. This year SKYWARN Recognition Day begins at 0000 UTC on December 2, 2017. It will last 24 hours.

Happy Holidays to all. Drive safe and hope to see you all in 2018. Questions and/or comments are welcome and encouraged regarding the content of this article. Send an email to the address shown below.

Lew Maxwell, KB5HPT
ARRL Emergency Coordinator, El Paso County 
Assist. DEC Culberson and Hudspeth Counties