December 2023

For release in the Dec. issue of the W5ES Bulletin

DEC Bulletin

The EPCARES trains for worst case scenario and hope that our services will not be needed this holiday season. We are always looking for new members for both Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES). Go to for details on becoming a member. You do not have to be a member of any club or the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) to be a member.

We are also looking for candidates to help man the amateur radio station at the American Red Cross Chapter Headquarters.

Other Topic

Help winterize your home.

a.  Make sure rain gutters are not clogged with leaves.

b.  Wrap exposed pipes with insulation sleeves.

c.   Be sure to test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

d.  Cut back tree branches that could fall on a house.

Winter weather Alerts.

a.     Winter Storm Warning. Action Required! Issued when hazardous winter weather is imminent or occurring. Winter Storm Warnings are usually issued 12 to 24 hours before the event is expected to begin.

b. Winter Storm Watch. Be Prepared! Winter Storm Watches are usually issued 12 to 48 hours in advance of a Winter Storm. A Winter Storm Watch means the possibility of hazardous weather can occur.

c.     Winter Weather Advisory. Be Aware! Issued for accumulations of snow, freezing rain, freezing drizzle, and sleet. Which could cause significant inconveniences and could result in life-threatening situations.

EPCARES wishes everyone HAPPY HOLIDAYS whatever faith you may observe.

The terms ARES® and Amateur Radio Emergency Service® is both registered trademarks of the American Radio Relay League, Inc. and are used by permission.

Questions and comments are always welcome and encouraged. Send an email to the address shown below.



Amateur Radio Emergency Service

DEC, District 6, WTX Section

Tactical Address: TXEPCARESDEC