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    Emergency Responders and Amateur Radio Save Lives

    Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network host free seminar highlighting effectiveness of amateur radio use during disasters relief efforts

    Trace Willete, Inland Empire SATERN section coordinator and Salvation Army Division Public Information Officer Suzi Woodruff Lacey discussing the role of media relations during emergency response efforts. Photo by Chris Sloan.

    Salvation Army Corps San Bernardino Commander Major Stephen Ball greets crowd of enthusiastic amateur radio operators during Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network’s Annual Introduction and Seminar. Photo by Chris Sloan

    (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – Are you interested in amateur radio? Want to learn how you can help one of the world’s oldest disaster relief organizations in its communications efforts?
    The Inland Empire’s Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN), also known as SATERN, will host its 16th Annual Introduction and Seminar on Saturday, Jan. 28. This free event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps, 746 W. Fifth St., San Bernardino. It’s open to the public and includes free refreshments and lunch.
    Amateur shortwave radio technology has been around since World War II. SATERN relies on this two-way communication, which can reach across areas of about 200 miles, to communicate among its own members who are participating in a Salvation Army disaster relief effort, and with the emergency workers they’re helping.
    The Salvation Army has helped in practically every disaster that has occurred over the last century, including fires, earthquakes, floods and the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
    “Amateur radio is a great hobby and participating in SATERN is a great way to turn that hobby into something that helps our Inland Empire tremendously,” said Tony Stephen, Inland Empire SATERN Committee member.  “If more people join us, we will be able to deliver communications more effectively during the next fire or other disaster that hits our area.”
    The seminar gets underway at 9 a.m. with a welcome and introduction from Trace Willete, an Inland Empire SATERN section coordinator and Maj. Stephen Ball, commander of the San Bernardino Corps.

    Topics of discussion features:

    • “The Resilient Responder”

    As an officer with the Salvation Army Escondido Corps, Maj. Ebel has spent time in Haiti after the recent earthquake. He will discuss the emotional well being of emergency disaster responders.

    • “The Earthquake Lady, Dr. Kate”

    Kate Hutton is a seismologist at Cal-Tech in Pasadena. Referred to as “The Earthquake Lady or Dr. Kate” she is an expert on earthquake and emergency preparedness communication through the use of shortwave amateur radio.

    • “Maritime Communications & Connections to Emergency Communications”

    Bill Scholz, an Auxiliary Unit Coordinator for CAMSPAC and FCC 2nd Class Radiotelegraph Operator, will discuss this role of ship to shore communications during disaster relief efforts.
    So it will have an accurate lunch count, SATERN asks those attending to RSVP, either by email to Trace Wilette at ki6dpn@arrl.net or by calling (909) 800-1681.
    For more information go to the website www.satern.net.
    About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps
    The Salvation Army may be able to provide emergency services including food; lodging for homeless or displaced families; clothing and furniture; assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available. The Salvation Army Team Radio Network assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires.
    The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY or (909) 888-1336.


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