Ham Radio Field Day

June 22, 2011                                                                                                             NEWS RELEASE


Springfield, MO

          In only 3 days, the Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club (SMARC) 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 may be 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 3:  Power interruptions can happen even in the best of circumstances.  Around the nation ham radio operators have aided 911 operators in crises where phone lines were compromised and communications were a matter of life and death.  Your local volunteer radio operators are there to help where needed when all else fails.  Learn how to help in times such as these on Saturday. 


On this special occasion, you can:  Get on the radio without a license, learn about emergency preparedness and meet storm spotters; but best of all participation is fun and free, so join us anytime from Saturday, June 25th at noon to Sunday, June 26th at noon on the American Red Cross lawn at 1545 N. West Bypass, Springfield, MO.  For more information contact Cheryl Jackson, Assistant Director of Emergency Services for the Greater Ozarks Chapter, at 1- 866-206-0256, ext. 125.


Stay tuned tomorrow for Reason 2.     


You can help people affected by disasters, like the recent Missouri floods and tornadoes by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of all disasters. You may also call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or mail your donation, to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington DC 20013.  Internet users can make a secure online donation by visiting www.redcross.org.





Joann Moore

Public Relations/Fundraising

American Red Cross

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield, MO  65803

417-832-9500, ext. 107

Fax 417-866-3649



                                                                                                             June-Water Safety

Swimming is the most popular summer activity. Staying safe around water is more than staying near the lifeguard at the pool. Every year many children drown in residential swimming pools, bath tubs, buckets of water and other containers of water. Anywhere there is water there is risk for drowning. Do not leave a young child unattended near any source of water, not even for a moment.  For more information go to www.redcross.org 





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