Emergency Volunteering in Okanogan County
The State of Washington utilizes a program known as the Emergency Worker Program (WAC 118-04) to protect volunteers during Search and Rescue (SAR) activities. This program is administered by your local Emergency Management entity and provides coverage for personal injury and damaged property to the volunteer. To be covered, a volunteer must be registered as an emergency worker with a county within Washington State. The preference is to have people registered prior to an incident (this ensures all paperwork is in place, including a background check). When specialized personnel are needed, which are not already registered, provisions can be made to register them at the scene. While this is possible, every attempt will be made to use volunteers which are already registered.
Rapid response to a lost person incident requires incredible dedication in an all-volunteer organization like Okanogan County Search and Rescue. The training is endless, the hours can be long, and the call rarely comes at a convenient time. Experienced searchers know that when someone is in trouble, you have to drop everything and grab your gear bag. The level of commitment of our crew members is one rarely given to a volunteer position. Why? Because it matters. Because your actions could save someone’s life.
Whether helping one displaced family or thousands, providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran, or teaching others how to respond in emergencies, it’s through the efforts of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things.
Methow Valley HAMS - website
The club has been active since 2010 when a number of hams decided a club could provide more to people in the valley than any one person could.
Okanogan County Amateur Radio Club W7ORC - website
W7ORC is the Amateur radio club of Okanogan County and was founded in 1999.
Club Call Sign: W7ORC
The Radio Amateur's Code
THE RADIO AMATEUR IS:
CONSIDERATE never knowingly operating in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.
LOYAL offering loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.
PROGRESSIVE with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station, and operation beyond reproach.
FRIENDLY with slow and patient operation when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, co-operation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.
BALANCED Radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.
PATRIOTIC with station and skills always ready for service to country and community