Field Day


June 21, 2010


Red Cross Hosts Field Day


Springfield, MOIn only 5 days, the Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club (SMARC), in conjunction with their partners at the National Weather Service, Greene County Emergency Management, Skywarn spotters, local storm chasers and hosted by the American Red Cross, will demonstrate their ability to operate without using traditional power mains for 24 hours.  In times of disaster or national crisis radio maybe the only way left to communicate.  This annual event is coordinated by the American Radio Relay League to test all radio amateurs nationwide. 


The countdown goes with 5 reasons you should join us. 


Reason 5:  During disasters, such as:  tornados, micro bursts, ice storms, earthquakes and hurricanes, critical communication’s infrastructure can be compromised.  Cell towers and phone lines no longer operate.  How can you get the help you need?  You cannot reach emergency operators – ham radio is the only answer.  Come learn how you can be part of the solution on Saturday.


On this special occasion, you can:  Get on the radio without a license, learn about emergency preparedness, meet the weather guys including storm spotters and chasers, learn how to become a member of community emergency organizations, purchase emergency equipment (weather radios, first aid kits, etc.) and best of all participation is fun and free, so join us on Saturday, June 26th from Noon to 5:00 pm on the American Red Cross lawn at 1545 N West Bypass; Springfield, MO.


Stay tuned tomorrow for Reason 4 for joining us. 


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at



Joann Moore

Public Information Officer

Financial Development Assistant

American Red Cross

Greater Ozarks Chapter

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield, MO.  65803

417-832-9500  EXT. 107

Fax 417-866-3649

Toll Free: 1-866-206-0256 EXT. 107



Sign up for our Inauguaral 5K Run For “RED”iness on Saturday June 12th and help support disaster   relief in our 29 counties!

Go to to register. 



Summer-the time of year for fun at the pool, lake and beach, but accidents can happen if you take a vacation from safety! The Red Cross has several tips to help you stay safe in or around the water. First, everyone should learn to swim and swim well! Nobody, including adults should ever swim alone and children should always be supervised! Second, kids and adults who are not strong swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets anytime they are around the water. Third, if you have a pool, keep basic lifesaving equipment nearby, like a ring buoy, first aid kit, and cell phone. Finally, take a first aid and CPR class so that you can respond in the event of an emergency!










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