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Watch out for nearby neighbors during the Dec. 22-23 ice storm

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With an ice storm predicted, prepare for yourself and your family, and then help watch out for nearby neighbors. Ready Eugene radio volunteers will be listening for emergency messages in case of power outage.

from David Monk, Ready SE

Given the possibility that the weather system moving in on Dec. 22 may make travel difficult and dangerous, bringing down tree branches and power lines, we want to encourage everyone to be mindful of what’s happening in your part of the neighborhood.

If you know of elders or others living alone, you might check on them. If you and your nearby neighbors lose power, this will be even more important.

The worst of the weather is predicted to arrive around 4 p.m. and continue through Friday morning.

If there is widespread loss of power in the neighborhood, Ready SE preparedness volunteers will activate our radio communications network. Starting at 5 p.m. and on the top of each hour until midnight, we can turn on our FRS radios to share information and request help. You should start with your area’s channel.

If any one of us turns on our radio and doesn’t hear any broadcasts and has information to convey, switch to an adjoining area channel. If you still can’t connect with any other volunteers and there is cell service, first call:

  • 911 with emergency information
  • 541-682-4800 Eugene Public Works for downed trees
  • 541-685-7148 EWEB for downed power lines

Then, you can also call me at my cell number (sent to all radio volunteers in email today).

If you’re an area coordinator, please initiate the radio call asking whether anyone has important information to share. If you receive information relevant to others in the neighborhood or a request you cannot help with, use your Kenwood radio to connect with other ACs.

Stay safe!

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