The next meeting of York County ARES will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 6pm at the York County EMA in Alfred. Continue reading
York County ARES is activated at the request of the NWS in Gray. A Flood Watch is in effect until 8pm Friday evening for York and Cumberland counties. Heavy rains combined with snow melt could result in street and river flooding and people should be alert for rising waters. No net is expected at this time.
Blizzard conditions are still affecting the region, CMP is reporting almost 30,000 power outages, most of which are in York County. Spotters are encouraged to continue making reports to the NWS when time and safety permit. There will be no York County Skywarn net called tonight due to unavailability. Skywarn should be operating from time to time on the KQ1L system.
Be safe everyone.
All YCARES Members:
The NWS has requested activation of SKYWARN for the upcoming storm. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for our area and will likely be upgraded to a warning sometime tomorrow. Spotters are encouraged to monitor the daily HWO from NWSGray and activate as necessary. Snowfall amounts and damage reports should be made to the NWS directly via radio, social Media, NWSChat or telephone.
Stay safe and warm,
The National Weather Service will be conducting a Skywarn Summer Spotter Training session on April 13th at 6pm at the York County Emergency Management Agency, 149 Jordan Springs Road in Alfred. Continue reading
York County ARES has been notified of a partial EMA activation. This does not mean ARES has been or will be activated, however stations should consider this a level 1 (alert) status and prepare accordingly. Any stations that are available to staff positions in the event of a full activation please contact me by email. If EMA notifies me of the need for ARES members, we will move to a level 2 or 3 activation and a directed net will be brought up. I will coordinate with EMA officials to provide staffing for the radio room.
Again, this is not a full ARES activation, we are only at Level 1 Alert, now is the time to prepare. Updates will be forthcoming.
The National Weather Service has requested the activation of Skywarn groups across the area in preparation for the upcoming winter storm. A Winter Storm Warning as well as a Blizzard Watch have been issued for the county. Snowfall estimates are forecast to be in the range of 12-24″ in our area with possibility for higher amounts due to blowing and drifting. YCARES members are urged to make necessary preparations to ensure go-kits are stocked and ready in the event of extended power outages or other needs. While no ARES activation is anticipated, it is a good idea to be prepared in the event that conditions are worse than forecast.
Members are asked to monitor 147.345MHz and DMR Region North during the event.
*UPDATE (For Marine Interests)*
...STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 11 PM EST MONDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY HAS ISSUED A STORM WARNING... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 11 PM EST MONDAY. THE STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * WINDS...NORTH 30 TO 40 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 KT. * SEAS...16 TO 21 FEET. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A STORM WARNING MEANS WINDS OF 48 TO 63 KNOTS ARE IMMINENT OR OCCURING. RECREATIONAL BOATERS SHOULD REMAIN IN PORT...OR TAKE SHELTER UNTIL WINDS AND WAVES SUBSIDE. COMMERCIAL VESSELS SHOULD PREPARE FOR VERY STRONG WINDS AND DANGEROUS SEA CONDITIONS...AND CONSIDER REMAINING IN PORT OR TAKING SHELTER IN PORT UNTIL WINDS AND WAVES SUBSIDE.