One project I'm doing for my graduate degree: EmComm Schools
Still very much a concept more than a thing, I'm hoping to create a resource directory for three realms to come together and build connections:
- Amateur Radio
- Emergency Communication
Registration will soon be available on the website that will include a detailed profile, based on your involvement.
I'd like to eventually offer an EmComm School Envoy certificate to schools that have trained staff to use amateur radios, received proper licensing, and perhaps use grants or sponsors to provide radios and equipment. The school staff can use the radios to MONITOR storm reports being made by spotters in the field to best prepare for the students' safety. Schools can have instant access to weather conditions, and be aware of what those conditions mean. A tornado reported over radio to the National Weather Service can take minutes for outdoor civil sirens to sound. A NOAA Weather Radio is crucial to get the most up-to-date warnings from the NWS. But hearing first hand reports can save minutes of valuable preparation time. Those minutes can save lives. (Weather is just one potential disaster where minutes matter.)
And once the disaster is over, the school's radio could be their first link out of the ruins of their school. Strategic Emergency Power in the right place at the right time.
Who should get involved?
- School principals
- School facility managers
- Science teachers (there's an after-school club in there somewhere, I know it!)
- County and city emergency managers
- Radio clubs
- Storm spotters
- Students (anyone can get an FCC license!)
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In pursuit of a Master of Education in Youth Development Leadership at the College of Education and Human Development | University of Minnesota.