[aprssig] ARRL Discovers APRS - almost...
bruninga at usna.edu
Tue Jun 13 09:14:36 CDT 2006
Here is the salient parts of the text about the ARRL story on
"Project Where". It should remind all APRS operators that
they should develop the locations of all things that might be
of interest during an emergency (beforehand). All APRS
software can do overlays so that it is trivial to overlay these
objects on maps as needed. de WB4APR
ARES team initiates 'Project Where?' (Jun 5, 2006) -- Under the
leadership of Alan Bosch, KO4ALA, Arlington, Virginia, ARES
collected the latitude and longitude of each potential shelter site.
Shelter coordinates were among the items hams needed most during
the Hurricane Katrina response, since road signs and other
landmarks are often destroyed severe during storms.
To find the coordinates of a Red Cross chapter for example, go to
Geographical Names Information System (GNIS) Geonames Database,
select "Domestic Names," then select "Search GNIS" and enter
"Red Cross" into the GNIS Database as the "Feature Name." Next,
enter your state and county. The database will return appropriate
coordinates and elevation...
The Arlington Amateur Radio Club's Jim Hastings, K9AUC,
says the idea has been so well received that Bosch has launched
"Project Where?" to collect the coordinates of other locations, such
as hospitals and nursing homes...
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