Post Hurricane Matthew Note

Brunswick – Well, we’ve made it through Hurricane Matthew. Savannah saw a record tide of over 12.5 ft at Fort Pulaski and there’s been a lot of damage throughout the coastal and southeast Georgia area especially along the barrier islands. A lot of people are still without power and will be for some time. Thankfully loss of life has been minimal and people are starting to come back home throughout the area. I haven’t been home to Savannah yet and probably won’t get back until the end of the week, but someone checked on the house and it seems to be undamaged.

I’d love to be able to tell you what’s going on radio-wise around the area, but to be honest I’ve been far too busy at work and haven’t had the opportunity to turn on a radio to hear. I’ll look forward to hearing everyone else’s stories and reports.

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  1. Radio during Matthew: All of the scanners in the area went offline via Broadcastify. This needs to be addressed. It would help to know, for each of the regions in SE-GA, what scanner technology is required – then how to “harden” them to power loss, damage, & loss of Internet. Hams were active on the repeaters, some local reports of storm activity and damage, followed by lots of mostly-unanswered questions about curfews, road blockage, event cancellation, & restoration of power. Some good exchange re. open gas stations, restaurants, & stores. I did not hear anything re. Hams assisting with communications between response teams or facilities – which causes me to wonder if we need to refine/redefine our role. Perhaps rebroadcast of scanners via Ham Radio? Perhaps “hardened” cams at strategic locations? Perhaps assist with the post-event assessment riding “shotgun” with official drivers – or even in approved personal vehicles feeding DATV/DSSTV, digi-text, and/or voice data back to the EOC? Just some observations … David KD4E

  2. In my opinion, online scanners are a bonus, not a necessity; if the stream owner wishes to harden their feed, that’s up to them but it should hardly be a requirement. It’s always been my opinion that if you want to know what’s going on your area and it’s unencrypted, the best bet is to save up an buy a scanner so you don’t have to depend on someone else’s feed.

    As far as ARES goes, I’m pretty much out of it because I’m too busy at work to do anything with ARES during an emergency. As such, I’m way out of the loop on what the plans are for agency support, etc. In regard to the unanswered questions you mention over amateur radio, there should have been someone from ARES at the county EOC to answer those questions (at least that’s how we did it in Chatham County for Floyd).

    • I wasn’t suggesting existing scanner feed providers be required to do anything. I was suggesting Hams might offer to assist them or build a hardened scanner network that also isn’t Internet dependent as a backup.
      What I don’t know is the mjnimum-cost scanner technology required for each system in our region.

      • Online scanners aren’t a conversation I’m going to get into. I don’t support or agree with them. If you want something that will receive digital systems you’re looking at around $400 up, if you’re looking to do analog only, you’re looking at around $200.

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