Coconino ARES to participate in statewide emergency exercise Saturday

FLAGSTAFF – The Coconino Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will be participating in a statewide disaster exercise this weekend conducted by the Pima County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES). The exercise will be held in the morning hours of Saturday January 13. Coconino ARES is a component of the Coconino Amateur Radio Club (CARC) in Flagstaff.

The southern Arizona ARES group in Tuscon will be collecting information on 3865-KHz lower side band (LSB). Net control for the group is N7OEM and they will start taking reports about 7:15 a.m.

In Flagstaff, the Coconino ARES will use the ARES 146.980 repeater (CTCSS 162.2 – offset) and the Utah Intertie 448.875 repeater (CTCSS 100 – offset). Joe Hobart W7LUX, District Emergency Coordinator for ARES in Coconino County, will be Net Control for the Utah Intertie repeater and 3390-KHz high frequency. Glen Davis, KG7YDJ in Williams, will be Net Control for the 146.980 ARES repeater. Williams may monitor the 146.780 repeater on Bill Williams Mountain, but it is not part of the exercise.

The people involved in the exercise may send drill emergency messages. People with real emergencies may, of course, call in for help.

ARES is a component of the Amateur Radio Relay League. RACES is an emergency organization formed by the FCC during the sixties and codified in 47 C.F.R. Part 97.

Arizona Red Cross chapters responding to California fire crisis

PHOENIX — The American Red Cross is working closely with government and community partners to coordinate relief efforts and provide evacuation centers where people can find safe refuge from the fires. Meals, health services, comfort and other support is being provided for the affected residents. Red Cross volunteers from across the country are now traveling to California to support relief efforts, including 9 Red Cross volunteers from the Arizona, New Mexico, El Paso Region (3 from Phoenix Chapter, 2 from Southern AZ Chapter, 4 from Northern Arizona Chapter). Additional supplies, such as, cots, blankets and other relief supplies are also being mobilized to support the effort.

People with loved ones in the affected area can visit the Red Cross Safe and Well website at The site allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is always available, open to the public and available in Spanish. Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website. Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876.

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. You can help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY or IRMA to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

Red Cross Issues 10 Ways to Help Keep Kids Safe as They Head Back to School

TUSCON — School will be back in session soon and the American Red Cross has steps everyone can follow to help make the trip back to the classroom a safe one.

“Safety should be the top priority for all students, especially younger children and those heading to school for the first time,” said Kurt Kroemer, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Greater Phoenix.   “Whether riding, biking or walking to school, we want everyone to arrive and then return home safely.”




If children ride a bus to school, they should plan to get to their bus stop early and stand back from the curb while waiting for the bus to arrive. Other safety steps include:

  1. Wait to board the bus until it has come to a complete stop and the driver or attendant has signaled to get on.
  2. Tell children they should only board their bus – never an alternate one.
  3. Always stay in clear view of the bus driver and never walk behind the bus.
  4. Cross the street at the corner, obey traffic signals and stay in the crosswalk.
  5. Never dart out into the street, or cross between parked cars.
  6. Younger children should use car seats or booster seats until the lap-shoulder belt fits properly (typically for children ages 8-12 and over 4’9”) and ride in the back seat until they are at least 13 years old.
  7. If a teenager is driving to school, parents should mandate that he or she use seat belts. Drivers should not use their cell phone to text or make calls, and should avoid eating or drinking while driving.
  8. Some students ride their bike to school. They should always wear a helmet and ride on the right in the same direction as the traffic is going.
  9. When students are walking to school, they should only cross the street at an intersection. If possible, use a route with crossing guards.
  10. Parents should walk young children to school, along with children taking new routes or attending new schools, at least for the first week to ensure they know how to get there safely. Arrange for the kids to walk to school with a friend or classmate.


WHAT DRIVERS SHOULD KNOW Drivers should know what the yellow and red bus signals mean and be aware that children are out walking or biking to school and slow down – especially in residential areas and school zones. Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is getting ready to stop and motorists should slow down and be prepared to stop. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign indicate the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off. Drivers in both directions must stop their vehicles and wait until the lights go off, the stop sign is back in place and the bus is moving before they can start driving again.


Parents should also make sure the child knows their phone number, address, how to get in touch with their parents at work, how to get in touch with another trusted adult and how to dial 9-1-1. They should also teach children not to talk to strangers or accept rides from someone they don’t know.


TAKE A FIRST AID CLASS Red Cross training can give someone the confidence and skills to help with everyday emergencies from paper cuts to school sports injuries. A variety of online and in-class courses are available at People can download the free Red Cross First Aid App ( for instant access to expert advice whenever and wherever needed.


Mayer American Red Cross Shelter closing

PHOENIX – The American Red Cross Evacuation Shelter at the Mayer High School in Mayer, AZ is closed effective immediately.

For those people in the community who need help recovering from the flood, please visit the Individual Assistance Service Center located at Mayer Recreation Center, 10001 S. Wicks Ave. Mayer, AZ 86333. Hours of operation will be Sunday, July 23, 2017 and Monday, July 24, 2017, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, each day.

If immediate assistance is needed, please call the Red Cross at 1-800-842-7349.

American Red Cross opens Shelter at the Mayer High School

PHOENIX – – Tonight the American Red Cross Northern Arizona Chapter has opened a Shelter at the Mayer High School to support the community after a flash flood moved through the area. The Red Cross is working in coordination with Emergency Managers in Yavapai County.

As of 10:00pm 17 people have registered at the Shelter

The Red Cross would like to remind everyone to download the Red Cross Emergency app on their personal device. The Emergency app provides real-time and preparedness information, what to do during a flash flood.

Mayer High School – 17300 E. Mule Deer Dr. Mayer, AZ 86333

Coconino Amateur Radio Club presents special award

FLAGSTAFF – The Coconino Amateur Radio Club met for their regular business meeting at the Sizzler in Flagstaff Thursday, July 13. In addition to the business, however, they had a prestigious award to present. In addition to the normal routine—such as winning the 2017 Field Day trophy—they made the presentation to the Arizona Amateur Radio Ham-of-the-Year.

Joe W7LUX (left) receives Ham of the Year award from Jack KD7RCJ.

Joe Hobart W7LUX, was awarded the Ham of the Year award for 2017 by ARA Staff member Jack Lunsford KD7RCJ.

Joe Hobart is the area coordinator for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and technical representative for the Arizona Repeater Association in Flagstaff.

Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter attending National Council of La Raza Annual Conference

PHOENIX — Phoenix is hosting the National Council of La Raza Annual Conference, July 8-11, at the Phoenix Convention Center and American Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter will be in attendance to promote awareness on emergency blood donations and disaster preparedness, specifically the Home Fire Campaign, an effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires. The American Red Cross Greater Phoenix, Latinos Preparados volunteers will be providing smoke alarm installation demonstrations and will also help families develop a home fire escape plan.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. The Red Cross wants to end these tragedies and save lives, that’s why we launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014. As of July 7, 2017, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 235 lives.

For interviews with volunteers, visit our booth at the National Council of La Raza Annual Conference or to learn more about the Home Fire Campaign visit Please help us by volunteering to install smoke alarms, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.

American Red Cross asking for assistance

PHOENIX – The American Red Cross is currently working with emergency managers in response to multiple wildfires throughout the state as well as numerous multi-family home fires. Currently, 88 Red Cross volunteers are mobilized and are responding to individual and community needs by providing shelter, meals, snacks, water, emergency supplies, and health services. Many of our dedicated volunteers are working multiple locations and long hours to provide the help needed in the communities affected.

Flo Hencken is just one example of a volunteer with a true American Red Cross spirit. Despite being evacuated by the Goodwin Fire herself, she has put on her Red Cross vest and is focused on helping her neighbors and community who have also been affected by the fire.

The American Red Cross needs your support. It is only through your generous donations that we are able to provide substantial financial assistance to the people affected by these disasters. Please consider donating, volunteering or giving blood. Every single dollar makes an impact. You can find your local chapter by visiting

Additional resources available: With evacuations in effect in some areas and potential evacuations in additional locations, the Red Cross recommends downloading the free Red Cross Wildfire App or Emergency App.

Northern Arizona Authors Association meets Saturday

WILLIAMS – The Northern Arizona Authors Association meeting will be on May 13th and go from 10 AM to noon. It will be held at the Wild West Junction, 321 E. Route 66 in Williams.

Members are asked to RSVP. If you are interested in learning about creative writing or having your writing critiqued, you can attend with some of your work.

Williams Emergency Communications Group meets Friday

WILLIAMS – The Williams Emergency Communications Group will be holding an organizational meeting this Friday, 5 p.m. at Anna’s Grand Canyon Coffee and Cafe. The Cafe is located at 137 Railroad Avenue in Williams across from the Visitor Parking.

The group is attempting to form a social club bringing together citizens who use any of the radio services offered by the FCC. The Emergency group will be a part of the club.

The group is interested in recruiting any citizens from Williams and the surrounding area who desire to learn how they can participate in, or use, emergency radio communications when all other means fail. They will discuss how to obtain a GMRS or Amateur Radio license if you desire. There is no age limit to obtain an Amateur Radio license, so youth are welcome. People not wanting to get a license can participate using the FRS, CB or MURS radio services.

Other emergency group members—such as neighborhood watches, CERT, Animal Response Team members—are welcome to attend to learn how emergency communications can be used by their organizations.