If a hurricane takes place requiring the Emergency Squad Disaster Plan to
go into effect, we will be notified and then implement our First Responder Groups
The information below is a general guide based on that official Plan.
We will provide assistance to and operate at the descretion of the Greater
Sun City Center Disaster Coordinator. In past disasters around the country,
the level of ham participation has been in direct proportion to the loss
of regular communications channels - telephone, cell-phones and county radio
We will setup two 2-meter stations at the Emergency Squad - One for the EOC
link and one for our local repeater.
We will also operate out of the Sun City Center and Kings Point Radio Rooms
to provide 40- and 80-meter relays.
We will provide 2-meter communication between the Emergency Squad and the
Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
We will monitor CB Channel 1 communications at both Radio Rooms.
From our homes, we will provide neighborhood health-and-welfare communications
and damage reports.
Who's in charge?
The Hillsborough Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is in overall charge of
any disaster in the County. Following the hurricane, the Fire Chief becomes
the lead officer who directs all rescue efforts from the EOC. He has the
responsibility and training to dispatch people, equipment and material to
where it is needed. The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is the local Operations
Center which coordinates all local activity and reports directly to the EOC.
We will establish two stations and a Chief Operator(s) there to assist the
Disaster Coordinator with communications.
Before the Storm...
The National Hurricane Center in Miami determines the status of an approaching
hurricane and issues a WATCH 36 hours before landfall and a
WARNING 24 hours before landfall.
When an Official Watch is issued (36 hours before landfall):
The local Disaster Information Desk at 633-1414 is activated to give
and receive local information.
The SCC Disaster Chief alerts the Amateur Radio Disaster Coordinator who
then implements the "Watch" portion of the First Responder Groups
When an Official Warning is issued (24 hours before landfall):
The SCCARC and KPARC implement the "Warning" portion of the First Responder Groups
When the winds reach 35 to 40 mph (with gusts to 50 mph):
All emergency response activity is suspended.
Everybody goes home to ride out the storm.
All hams monitor 147.225 MHz.
After the hurricane has passed, winds have dropped below 35 mph and it is
safe to venture out:
The SCCARC and KPARC implement the "After the Storm" portion of the First Responder Groups
Primary repeater (SHARES)
147.225+ MHz (listen on 147.225 MHz, Talk on 147.825 MHz)
If the Repeater fails, go Simplex on 147.225 MHz
Hillsborough County EOC
3.940 MHz - 80 meters (KP)
7.247 MHz - 40 meters (SCC)
CB Channel 1...
Both clubs will monitor CB Channel 1 at their radio rooms. Many residents
have CB radios and could use them in event the phone system is lost. The
radio rooms will relay the information via 2-meters to the Chief Operator
at the Emergency Squad. Channel 9 is the normal emergency CB channel but
it is felt that it will probably be clogged by the traffic of nearby communities.
Since CB antennas are cut for the mid-channels, Channel 1 doesn't have as
much "range" - so because of that, people don't use it and it is relatively