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Casey Benefield, NZ2O

As per Article V of the Constitution and Bylaws of the Alabama Emergency Response Team, on Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00PM, the meeting was called to order for an election for ALERT officers.

Please help us welcome this year’s new officers, who will take office as/of July 2017!

  • Secretary
    Justin Glass, N0ZO
    Justin has been our secretary for two terms so far, and has taken on the project of bringing that into the electronic world on the ALERT Members Sharepoint site. He has brought with him technical experience, and was instrumental in our work to re-organize today’s ALERT website content a couple of years ago.
  • Treasurer
    Bill Rodgers, K4FSO
    Bill is a systems engineer at a healthcare company in Birmingham. If you know Bill, he has been one of the most active ham radio operators in our area, supporting a variety of events in the community with different radio clubs and organizations.
  • NWS Liaison, K4NWS Trustee
    Russell Thomas, KV4S
    Russell is a Sr. IT Analyst, and has been NWS liaison for a while. He has done a great job at coordinating ALERT response when NWS calls upon us. Previously, he moved the old HTML site to a more advanced WP framework, and currently serves ALERT as one of our Office365 admins.
  • Vice President
    Lloyd Palmer, N4GHP
    Lloyd is a security supervisor and hazmat response coordinator at one of our local hospitals, with almost 30 years of Fire/EMS experience. Lloyd brings with him a focus on NTS (National Traffic System), and emergency communications.
  • President
    Casey Benefield, NZ2O
    Casey is a reporting analyst for a contact center/technology company, with some business analysis/process work mixed in. Casey is an all around nerd with a passion for 3D printing, computing, weather, and marketing ham radio and ALERT to the public.

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ALERT Members: We need your help! It’s that time of the year again, where it’s time that we nominate the future leaders of ALERT.
By next meeting, Ronnie and I are tasked with nominating officers for the coming year. Of course, nominations can also come from the floor as well. 
What do we need from the ALERT Operational/Supporting Team
Please contact with the following:
  • If you would like to step forward to volunteer for or are willing to hold any elected officer position, or…
  • If you would like to put someone’s name forward for any elected officer position.

Did you know, that if you are a SKYWARN spotter, that even if you aren’t a ham radio operator, you can report information through a chat room?

When the National Weather Service calls on ALERT, we also monitor a chat room, commonly called “BMXSPOTTERCHAT,” and pass that information to the National Weather Service. This is just one of the many ways that you can get your report directly to the National Weather Service. This is also useful for ham radio operators  on the outer fringes of repeater coverage area.

You do NOT have to be an ALERT member to participate in this chat. However, we ask that participants take at least one of the basic SKYWARN storm spotter training’s, for your safety and report quality reasons.

Click here to view the information, how-to videos, and guidance for the chat room.

Also, feel free to contact ALERT by sending a message through our Facebook page ( if you are interested in becoming an amateur radio operator, for an open line for your storm reports that will work when everything else fails. 

For years, ALERT has had a newsletter, and for ALERT Operational Members a callout text message/email list. This month, and into April, we will be making calls to phone numbers on the callout list, to make sure that we have up-to-date information on our members who respond when called to the National Weather Service.

 In 2012, we lost some information in a server upgrade, and as recently as 2016, we realized that if a message ever bounced, the server was removing people from the list, without us knowing it. Today, Microsoft has donated us email server services, through Office365, which fixes those issues. 

If you were previously on our newsletter list, and found yourself removed, or you wish to subscribe, please send an email message to admin {aT} OR to our Facebook page (, and include the following information.

  • Your Full Name (and/or callsign if a ham radio operator)
  • Your email address

If you are an Operational Member, and you wish to be on the callout list for email or phone, send an email message or Facebook message with:

  • Your Full Name (and/or callsign)
  • Your email address
  • For text messages, your phone number and cell phone carrier
  • You will also receive an invite to access the members-only area, in Office365 Sharepoint.

ALERT does not share your information outside of the NWS/ALERT, and will not sell your information to commercial interests.

ALERT / National Weather Service Birmingham Coverage Area

  • ALERT covers the BMX county warning area. Presently, this includes: Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Winston
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