== For Immediate Release ==
Contact Clair Franzen for additional information.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 563-920-9567
Learn more about Buchanan County’s efforts to improve resident’s safety in case of a disaster. An open house and tours will be held 9 AM-noon Saturday, June 22 at the Buchanan County Communications System Independence tower site, 2083 Lee Avenue (former county farm), and at the Emergency Services annex, 2109 205th Street, Independence.
All the construction tasks have been completed for the communications system, which has been operational since December 2012. In addition, another major project is complete; the Emergency Services Annex northeast of Independence is updated and operational. The annex has a new radio room built by volunteers from Buchanan County Amateur Radio Club, who will staff the facility when requested by emergency management. The available equipment allows direct radio communications with the state emergency operations center in Des Moines. Communications links can also be made through out the United States and other countries.
“This event is being held to give the users of the systems and the public at large the opportunity to see the results of the last 3 years of work” commented Clair Franzen radio upgrade project manager. “The tower sites that make the system work are not open to the public, by holding this open house we want to show the equipment behind the scenes.”
The emergency management command and public health shelter trailer will also be available for tours at the annex. During the open house, displays describing the communications systems operation and capabilities will be posted. Guides will be available to answer questions at both sites.
After the open house the Buchanan County, Rural Iowa and Benton County Emergency Management Amateur Radio Clubs will be operational at the annex for a 24-hour period for “Field Day.” These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and the local public safety agencies. Members of these clubs and other “hams” will join with thousands of other amateur radio operators around the United States to showcase their emergency capabilities.
Independence Tower Site.jpg
The Independence site, shown here, is the central tower for the system. The compound contains the tower, shelter, generator and utilities for the operation of the site. A guided tour will be available 9 AM-noon June 22 to show site features and operation.
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Set up to support communications and staging for emergency operations, the emergency services annex provides a central location in the county. The Public Health shelter trailer to the right of the building contains items needed to quickly establish a 100-bed shelter with emergency power. Both the Public Health and the emergency management command trailer will be available for tour during the open house.
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