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EOC Stations:

VE3SAO
Thunder Bay

VA3EOA
Atikokan

VE3FHS
Fort Frances

VA3EMC
Sioux Narrows

VA3EMN
Nestor Falls

VA3EOD
Dryden

VE3EMK
Kenora

















Amethyst District ARES

Providing emergency communications for Northwestern Ontario

Canwarn


Amateur Radio operators in Northwestern Ontario participate in Environment Canada's CanWarn program. The purpose of CanWarn is for local storm spotters to report to Environment Canada on severe weather. See the CanWarn Ontario Region home page for more information.


Our CanWarn protocols are based on those established by Environment Canada, as viewed on their protocol pages.

Initiating a Net


A local net will be declared for the following reasons:


  1. Severe weather warnings.
  2. Tornado watches.
  3. Tornado warnings.


A net may be initiated locally, based on observations, or at the request of Environment Canada. A net control operator shall initiate and operate the net, according to the protocols below, and shall forward any severe weather information gathered by the net to CanWarn. The net control operator initiating the net shall remain in control of the net until the situation is over. If net control must leave the net, control shall be passed on to another qualified operator. Net control operators are trained CanWarn spotters:


Types of Alerts


Condition GREEN

A Severe Weather Watch for the local area has been issued by Environment Canada.

  • Net control will take check-ins every 20 - 25 minutes.
  • Local repeater remains open for normal traffic.

Condition YELLOW

A Severe Weather Warning, Severe Thunderstorm Warning or a Tornado Watch has been issued for the local area by Environment Canada.

  • Net control will take check-ins.
  • Local repeater is closed to normal traffic, and may disconnected from links.
  • Net control will ask for reports of hail, damaging winds, wall clouds, funnel clouds, waterspouts, tornados or unusual weather events
  • Net control will repeat Condition Yellow alert every 20 minutes while condition exists.

Condition RED

A Tornado Warning has been issued for the local area by Environment Canada.

  • Net control will take check-ins.
  • Local repeater is closed to normal traffic, and may disconnected from links.
  • Net control will ask for reports of actual tornados, funnel clouds or wall clouds.
  • Net control will repeat Condition Red alert every 15 minutes while condition exists.

Net Phraseology


Each net control operator should have a printed copy of the Net Preambles. This pdf file contains all net phraseology for initiating a net, changing conditions, and terminating the net. Download Amethyst ARES CanWarn Net Phraseology.


Note: the CanWarn reporting number is on your CanWarn card,. If you do not have the phone number, contact ve3fyn@shaw.ca. (CanWarn has asked that the reporting number not be made public.)

Use of EOC Stations

During a Condition Yellow or Condition Red, it is recommended that the Net Control Operator relocate to your local emergency operations station, for three reasons:


  1. These stations generally have battery and generator backup.
  2. This will help you familiarize yourself with this station.
  3. In the event that the situation progresses to a declared emergency, you will be in the EOC, and able to pass weather (and other) information to the municipal Control Group.


If you are operating from the emergency operations station, identify yourself under the station callsign. Maintain a log. (If you are net control and not operating from the EOC, identify yourself using your own callsign, and ensure you are prepared for a power outage.)


Contact your local EC for access procedures to your EOC station.



CanWarn Files


CanWarn files used with permission.