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Anxious watch on storm

The tropical storm Crising menacing The Philippines archipelago has activated the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) with 7.095 MHz and local nets handling urgent traffic.

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) Vice Chief Operating Officer, Ramon J. Anquilan DU1UGZ has asked that a priority be given to emergency communications.

All efforts are being made to have amateur radio ready in the likely affected areas.  The ARES Chairman, Jojo Vicencio DU1VHY is due in Bohol and should have more updates at least on the ground situation in Cebu, Bohol, Negros and Siquijor.

FARE8, in the capital city of Zamboanga del Norte, Dipolog City, is monitoring the river that cuts across the city in case it  overflows as it did the last typhoon, so that early flood warnings may be relayed.

The PARA-affiliated club works closely with the City Disaster and Risk Management Council (CDRRMC).

On standby for the nets are HEROs Roy DU8BQI, ARES Co-Chair Panny Quintana DU1EQ, FARE8 President Marlu V8WX, Gene DU1RNA, Thelma DU1IVT, Alvin, DU1AJ/7, Nathan DU5AOK, NORAD7 President Roy DU7DDJ, and Ramon DU1UGZ.


- Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.