Author Archives: Steve

About Steve

I'm Steve Conklin, AI4QR I'm employed by Salesforce, on the SRE team for Heroku. Interests include Linux, open source software and hardware, electronics and music, and amateur radio.

Would you like to help after the next disaster?

There’s a fundamental fact about disasters and disaster recovery that I try to explain every chance I get. Here it is again: The roles that can be filled by untrained volunteers during and after a disaster are very limited. Walk-up … Continue reading

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Hams and the responsibility to educate

This is an open letter to all hams involved in disaster planning or recovery. Now that things have settled down a bit after the recent disaster in Madison county, those who participated are beginning to compare notes and stories, write … Continue reading

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How to prepare for your family for the next Disaster

I’ve written that my family was well prepared to survive with no power for a week. There’s a mnemonic that someone taught me sometime during some disaster prep training. The fact that I can remember the mnemonic and not where … Continue reading

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Another first-person account of the tornado event here

Here’s another first-person account of April 27th and after, with some really informative links to some weather resources about the event.

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Rescheduled: Ubuntu and Amateur (Ham) Radio for Ubuntu Open Week

Note that this was rescheduled due to me being busy with disaster recovery. We can talk about that, too if anyone is interested. — Please join us on Friday, May 6th at 14:00 UTC for: Ubuntu and Amateur (Ham) Radio … Continue reading

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April 27th 2011 tornadoes, and the week following

I’m transitioning from the last week of disaster recovery back to my ‘normal’ working days, and wanted to dump a sort of record of events here before I forget. I have other posts planned, about how to prepare if you … Continue reading

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Quickly while I have network access, and mostly pasted from an email. Feel free to pass all this to any friends, family or coworkers. The area near us which had the most damage is called Anderson Hills, and the same … Continue reading

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