Saturday, April 17, 2010
Division of Emergency Management Working With Amateur Radio Group Places Critical Weather Station into Operation
The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management has partnered with the Cherokee Amateur Radio Emergency Service to install a real-time weather station atop Pine Log Mountain in northwestern Cherokee County. The Davis 6152 weather station provides near real-time wind direction and speed, temperature, humidity, dew point and pressure through an interface with amateur radio to the Citizens Weather Observation Program (CWOP). “This weather station will provide vital real-time weather information to the Emergency Operations Center that will be used during severe weather situations, winter storms, and during dangerous fire weather situations” said Robby Westbrook, Director of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management.
The weather station was purchased through a grant provided by the Georgia
Emergency Management Agency and was
installed atop Pine Log Mountain by the dedicated members of the Cherokee Amateur Radio Emergency Service at no cost to the county. The data provided by the weather station is available to the public by using the following link: Weather.
The Cherokee Amateur Radio Emergency Service provides a wide range of functions within the county emergency management program including storm spotting and communications between field units, the Emergency Operations Center and other critical facilities. Most importantly they provide vital backup for the Public Safety Radio System in the event of a catastrophic failure.
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in public service when disaster strikes. The only qualification, other than possession of an amateur radio license, is a sincere desire to serve. Because ARES is an amateur service, only amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.
For more information on the Cherokee Amateur Radio Emergency Service visit our web site at: CARS.
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