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Casey Benefield, NZ2O

Here’s a belated update from the July 11, 2017 meeting!
Please welcome the 2017 ALERT Board of Directors, appointed per the most recent Constitution and Bylaws, Article VIII, Section 2.

This year’s board is comprised of:

  • Casey Benefield, President
  • Russell Thomas, Station Trustee
  • Dale Chambers, Immediate Past President
  • Johnnie Knobloch, 2-Year Board Member
  • Mark Wells, 1-Year Board Member
  • Ronnie King, 1-Year Board Member

This year’s board isn’t much different from years past, and it’s for good reason. These gentlemen has guided me over the short period I’ve been a member, through trials, and my own personal growth, in some way or another. They have a good command of the needs of the National Weather Service, our primary served agency, the local community, and are always doing something to serve Central Alabama and its ham radio community. Thank you all.

The Board of Directors will meet quarterly, in September, December, March, and June, unless a special meeting is necessary.
Attendance at these meetings is open to ALERT members, however the board may go into executive session if necessary.

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, Public Information
    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, Operations
    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, Interim Training
    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 nominations@alert-alabama.org 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 (facebook.com/K4NWS) 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. 

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