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[R3-dcom] PARA activates HERO network

Date:         2014-7-14 PM7:33
Subject:         [R3-dcom] PARA activates HERO network

The PARA Ham Emergency Radio Operation (HERO) has just been activated as
Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) affects the Philippines.

PARA President Thelma Pascua DU1IVT advises that the storm if it continues
to track as forecast will traverse the western-central portion of the Philippine
Sea, making landfall over Camarines Sur in the province located in the Bicol
Region in Luzon by Tuesday noon, and then passing over metropolitan Manila
by Wednesday morning.

Please keep HERO net frequencies clear for traffic.

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11am weather update from Typhoon2000:

TS Rammasun (Glenda) is expected to continue moving generally westward during
the next 24 hours...and will turn west-northwestward by 48 through 72 hours.
On the forecast track, the storm will traverse the western-central portion
of the Philippine Sea today...making landfall over Camarines Sur by Tuesday
noon...and passing over Manila by Wednesday morning. Rammasun (Glenda) will
be over the West Philippine Sea exiting the Philippine Area of Responsibility
by Thursday morning.

Rammasun will continue to intensify during the next 24 hours. It will then
weaken slightly by 48 hours after traversing Bicol and Quezon...will regain
strength as it moves across the West Philippine Sea. Advance Intensity Forecast
shows its 1-minute maximum sustained winds increasing to 130 kph  by Tuesday
morning.

The usual HERO frequencies are 7.095, 7.119, and 7.151 MHz for emergency
operations.

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[R3-dcom] Typhoon causes deaths and mayhem
16th July, 2014 16:37

Typhoon causes deaths and mayhem

At least four people have been killed as Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) moves
through the Philippines capital of Manila housing 12 million as the weather
system continues on its destructive path.

Manila was shut down today (Wednesday) as the storm, the first of the season,
had earlier emerged from the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday night to make landfall
in the archipelago.

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association President Thelma Pascua DU1IVT hours
earlier activated its Ham Emergency Radio Operation (HERO) network, mostly
on 7095 kHz.

Thelma DU1IVT reported that Manila had been affected including electricity
supply, giving residents hardly any sleep as winds of 150-185kph battered
the area for hours.

The Government announced that every precaution is being taken to minimise
deaths after Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines in November
last year.

The Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) of 2013 was a wake-up call for many who
previously dismissed severe weather warnings. They seemed to be more prepared
this time.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council warned the public
of the storm, with possible landslides, flash floods, strong rains and winds.

Currently Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) has wind gusts of up to 250 kilometres
an hour with intense rain. After gaining force over the ocean it resulted
in evacuations in remote fishing villages and low lying areas in the eastern
Philippines late Tuesday.

The HERO network and other emergency agencies were working closely together.
The storm is expected to leave the Philippines soon but leaving a trail
of destruction in its wake.

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

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Date:         2014-7-16 PM 8:51
Subject:         [R3-dcom] Typhoon Rammasun death toll climbs

Typhoon Rammasun death toll climbs

About 20 people are dead and many left homeless after Typhoon Rammasun, which
means 'thunder of god', hit the Philippines.

With winds and heavy rain it closed the capital of Manila on Wednesday, before
moving north-west out to the South-China Sea.

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association President, Thelma Pascua DU1IVT,
activated the Ham Emergency Radio Operator (HERO) network on 7095 kHz. It
worked closely with other responding agencies.

The storm on Tuesday and Wednesday resulted in the evacuation of thousands
of people, closed businesses, schools, 60 flights were cancelled and ferry
traffic halted.

The eye of Typhoon Rammasun passed to the south of Manila after moving through
the eastern islands of the archipelago to bring down trees and power lines,
caused electrocutions and blackouts.

Thelma DU1IVT reported that in Manila she had winds of 150-185kph for hours.
At least 40 provinces and cities were under a storm alert.

The government took every precaution to minimise the deaths. Super Typhoon
Haiyan last November killed at least at least 6,300 people and 1,000 are
still missing.

About 20 storms reach the Philippines each year making it one of the world's
most disaster-prone areas.

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

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[R3-dcom] Fierce start to Philippine storm season


Fierce start to Philippine storm season

After gaining strength over the warm ocean Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda), a category
three storm, came ashore in the Philippines with its winds, rain causing
the deaths of at least 40 people.

Along the typhoon's path through the main island of Luzon it destroyed 7,000
houses and damaged 19,000, uprooted trees, damaged infrastructure and cut
communication and power.

More than 530,000 people were evacuated. The damage to crops, mostly rice,
corn and coconuts was worth about $16 million.

The drama began on Monday July 14, when the Ham Emergency Radio Operation
(HERO) network swung into action. The National Traffic System Chairman, Jojo
Vicencio DU1VHY was prepared for any eventuality.

PARA President Thelma Pascua DU1IVT, who activated the HERO network, noted
that hams were well prepared with their back up power in case of failures.

Regular announcements were made on 7.095 and 144.740 MHz, plus echolink,
constantly posted on social media networks tracking relative conditions of
the storm.

With the experience gained during the Super Typhoon Haiyan last November,
most heeded the warnings.

Evacuations look place by the regional local government units from low-lying
areas and flimsy housing ahead of Typhoon Rammasun making land-fall in the
Albay-Bicol area.

Many stations checking in to the HERO network gave weather observations and
reports. The storm took a path along the provinces of Bicol, Camarines Sur,
Camarines Norte, Quezon, Laguna, Batangas and to the National Capital of
Region including metropolitan Manila.

Thelma DU1IVT said: "When the storm made a landfall in Albay late afternoon
some areas lost commercial power.  Instead of weakening and slowing down,
the typhoon accelerated and maintained its strength of 150kph and gustiness
of up to 180kph.

"All levels of local and national government were ready. In fact President
Aquino was at the briefing at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Council in Manila early that day to personally oversee preparations."

In the Visayas there are two clubs that did an excellent job helping the
victims of Typhoon Haiyan last year, and they stepped up to assist again.

One club, RADNET 5 DV5VIE in Tacloban City reported that it helped facilitate
the evacuation of Haiyan victims in the temporary shelters or tent cities
in the San Juan District, in cooperation with their City Disaster Risk Reduction
and Management Council and other local/international volunteer organisations.

The group was active on VHF with DW5MOT, DW5GHQ and DW5NLH providing information
on weather updates and periodic announcements on reported situations.

It told the HERO network that the evacuees were 935 families or 2,852 individuals
in Tacloban alone.  The RADNET 5 members also helped to monitor the water
level of Daguitan River in Buraen, Leyte.

ACCESS 5 club president DV5JMS reported that their members from Western Samar
area were coordinating with the Provincial and also Municipal Disaster Risk
Reduction and Management Council in Catbalogan.

ACCESS 5 in Tacloban City were also involved in assisting the pre-evacuation
activities in coastal areas of San Jose, which suffered the most after the
storm surge during Haiyan last Nember.

The HERO operators from Sorsogon (DU4UW) and Camarines Norte (DX4CN), embedded
in their PDRRMCs, actively updated the network on 40m of their situations.

Thelma DU1IVT said: "The typhoon slightly changed course ... heading in a
more westerly direction, not directly at metropolian Manila.

"But it still released the brunt of its fury with powerful winds and heavy
rains in the Southern Tagalog area then into metropolitan Manila before exiting
at Bataan-Zambales to the West Philippine Sea.

"HF and VHF operations continued even in the absence of commercial power
when around 80% of Manila had no power. Other stations from Visayas and Mindanao
then took over the HERO on HF, which continued to meet and overseas welfare
traffic."

She said that preparations were adequate perhaps due to the lessons learned
in the recent past. Ironically the PARA DU-Simulated Emergency Test is scheduled
for July 19 to assess the capabilities of the HERO Network.

"It will also afford us the opportunity to find out how fast our HERO team
can bounce back considering that the activity is just a few days," concluded
Thelma DU1IVT.

Super Typhoon Haiyan last year, one of the biggest to have made landfall
anywhere, killed at least 6,300 people and 1,000 are still missing.

About 20 storms hit the Philippines archipelago each year making it one of
the world's most disaster-prone areas.

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

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