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It’s Wildfire Season on the West Coast and Flooding on the East Coast – Here’s What You Need to Know to Stay Safe in an Emergency

When logging into PG&E’s (Pacific Gas and Electric) website, the following message appears. WILDFIRE SAFETY – ACTION REQUIRED.

pgewildfireactionrequired

A quick Google search leads to the following information.

PG&E on Tuesday warned customers in the Bay Area about a new policy that will cut electricity to certain neighborhoods during extreme fire weather conditions.

Customers were told to be “prepared” for when the alerts go into effect and the power could be abruptly cut off….

PG&E is talking about using these pre-emptive power outages specifically during the threat of wildfires like the ones that destroyed nearly a quarter of a million acres in the north bay last October.

PG&E has now been blamed for some of those fires. 90,000 people were evacuated and more than 40 people died.

Southern California Edison has a similar program in place…. Continue Reading

Hurricanes And How Radios Are Essential In Times Of Emergency

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Millions of Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and Caribbean residents had an old friend help them get through the toughest days of a dangerous 2017 hurricane season: AM/FM radio. Many didn’t have a radio of their own, but instead would gather around a business with one or in someone’s car. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, every day at 3pm, the Governor would share over the radio what resources would be distributed, if any, as well as any new updates with the storms. Continue Reading

How to Prepare for a Disaster

We all know a natural or man-made disaster could strike at any moment, yet most of us don’t do the things that are necessary to be prepared in the event something does happen. This past year has been chock-full of disasters that in many cases have resulted in areas that are still without basic services […]

A Quick Way to Start Listening to SSB

Single Sideband is a comparatively unknown, interesting and important radio format that takes a special radio for listening and a little time to learn. If we start an hour after sunset, on a weekend, it is easier to pick up your first station. Attach and stretch out your portable shortwave antenna to the CC Skywave […]

Amateur radio gives you the best news in a true emergency

A true emergency is something like what happened recently in Oroville and Sacramento Valley area – where an emergency spillway that has never been used in the previous 48 years begins to fail. This failure threatened the lives and livelihood of over 150,000 people and resulted in forced evacuation. Everyone thinks, if they have a […]