From The Chair – September

September 14, 2014

– Marty Hadfield, CPBE-

Hello Seattle Chapter 16 membership – in my role as Chairman, I am truly pleased to introduce you to our chapter leadership and Board of Directors that are joining our chapter management team.   Trent Sheppard is now our Vice Chairman, our new chapter Secretary is Don Shaw, John Monroe was elected Treasurer and our former Treasurer, Jon Kasprick was elected to the Board Directors.  As prescribed in our Chapter By-Laws, former esteemed Chairman, Arthur Willetts, assumes a Board of Directors position.

In addition to tending to Chapter business, we are all working together to provide you with interesting and timely meeting presentations for the monthly Membership meetings.  The next opportunity for you to participate directly will be the next Chapter meeting at the Museum of Flight (Meadows Room) at Noon on Wednesday (9/10).  We are extremely pleased to have presentations by Ellis Terry, Western Regional Sales Manager for Nautel and guest speaker Tom Driggers, with the RF Specialties independent broadcast suppliers alliance.  The expenses of this month’s luncheon are covered by our guest presenters – please come and join us, enjoy a fine meal and share in the technical conversations with our knowledgeable hosts.

While we are enjoying the company of our guest presenters, the 3-day National Association of Broadcasters “Radio Show” will be kicking-off in Indianapolis.  If one or more of our members attend the mini convention, it would be wonderful to get a brief, post-Radio Show presentation, for our October meeting.

In other matters, many other areas of the USA are already suffering unseasonable storms, while we are enjoying an amazing extension of our summer season, with local temperatures generally remaining in the 80’s, although the overnight chill is a clear reminder that change is nearing.  September is an appropriate time of year here in the Pacific Northwest to begin preparing our facilities for Autumn and Winter.

Many of our long time members know these, and more, basic tips and recommendations, but I want to capture the attention of some of our Student and newer members, with information that can help you and your families prepare for the upcoming stormy weather season.  Some tips may seem totally simple and almost humorous, but being “aware” of the range of resources and intricacies of your surroundings will help you speed-up the recovery process, whether is it at home or work.

Stay informed – know what kind of weather is expected.  Outfit your vehicle with everything from lock deicer devices (mini-torches can be a true lifesaver and are often available at hardware checkout stands) to extra socks.  Make sure your vehicles are truly road worthy for the conditions you expect to confront.

Clean drains – remove any debris from storm drains around your transmitter and studio facilities as well as your home and yard.

This one sounds funny, but it can be quite important.  If you have an automatic garage door, learn how to open and close the door manually – without power…you may be fumbling in the dark, so learn the tricks before the lights go out.

While I call mine an Earthquake Preparedness Kit – prepare a simple emergency kit to include flash lights, battery-powered radio/TV, first aid kit, supply of non-perishable food items – don’t buy and pack stuff you won’t want to eat – it is important to be able to stay focused and at least a little happy, regardless of the conditions.  A can opener, three-day supply of bottled water, and a cellular phone (with charger cord) – even an old one can be used to contact 9-1-1.  Include a tarp, some index cards and pens.  In a pinch, a pack of playing cards can be everything from entertaining to a fire starter fuel.   Consider the need for specialty items such keeping a small stash of prescription medications with you.

Know where your circuit breakers are located at all of your sites, including home, share with your family members.

Make a list with important telephone numbers, including each of your electric utility providers.  If you don’t have the utility company account numbers handy, often the meter number and street address will provide adequate reference information when communicating with the utility companies.

Inspect and test-operate your backup generators now, preferably with the expected full load, before the weather changes for the worse.

There are many FEMA, local governmental and Red Cross planning instructions and kits.  Please use them to your advantage – you may need every bit of help available!

Finally, don’t forget to reach out to your fellow SBE Chapter 16 members for guidance and help.  When helping one another through adverse situations, strong bonds can be forged that may reinforce your personal abilities and provide you with the knowledge to help others the next time an emergency arises…and we all know the next event is lurking just around the corner!

Practice kindness – Marty H. 206-406-1914