Happy New Year

The Hendry hams got off to a good start for 2016 with a full slate of planned projects, special event field days, nets, and meetings on the agenda.

First off was our inaugural net for the year on January 5th, with ten check-ins, comments from the Hendry County Director of Emergency Management, KJ4WIC; Hendry Emergency Coordinator, WA4PAM, and a few brand new hams fresh off their Technician exams.

Nets are the first and third Tuesday of each month at 1930 local.

Field activities and workshops are based out of the Hendry Emergency Operations Center, west of Labelle on SR80.

QRV – January #1

With the 2015 hurricane season behind us, we’ve now have had a chance to enjoy the holidays with friends and family without the threat of a major storm or other disaster affecting our area.

Just because it hasn’t happened in a while, doesn’t mean it can’t. We cannot afford to let our guard down. There is only six months until the June 1st start of the next hurricane season and other disasters can happen anytime.

Why not start planning now? Avoid the stress associated with rushing around trying to get ready at the last minute!

Gathering all the needed supplies for a well stocked disaster kit can be expensive and time consuming, but by doing a little bit each week, it’s not a hit to your wallet all at once.

You can gather a handful of items during your weekly shopping trips that will help you build your disaster kit in no time, giving you piece of mind knowing that you and your family are prepared.

Hendry County Emergency Management recommends your disaster kit contains 3 gallons of water per person per day, and food and supplies for a minimum of 72 hours – but, ideally for seven days.

Every family and situation is different, so personalize your kit to your family’s specific needs. Remember to consider special dietary needs, medications and your pets.

More next time.

On behalf of the entire team at Hendry County Emergency Management, I would like to wish each and every one of you a happy, health, prosperous and safe 2016!

– – Brian Newhouse, Director of Emergency Management