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El Niño Presentation from the Riverside County Emergency Management Division (EMD).

On November 18 there was a presentation about the potential bad weather this upcoming winter in Southern California.  The presentation was specific to Riverside County with emphasis on Coachella Valley.

Take a look at the El Niño Presentation page for the full presentation.  Here is a list of take away points of interest from the presentation.  These are just a few items.

  • Everyone is responsible for flood control and their own safety
  • If you have any leaks in your roof make sure they are fixed
  • Get sand bags or the sandless bags called “Quick Dam Sandless Sandbags” sold at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart
  • Pay attention to where you are driving when it is raining.  If there is water running across the road and you cannot see through it do not drive through the water
  • Make sure your property drains the water to the street if possible
  • If you have anything blocking the natural flow of water you may be cited by the County or City you live in
  • If your neighbor is creating a flooding hazard call the Code Enforcement or you may have more damage to your property
  • Standard home owners policies do not cover floods.  If you buy flood insurance it will take 30 days from when they get first payment for it to be active
  • Make sure you take the time to prepare your property for rain
  • Take the time to prepare your car for the rain.  Make sure you have new wipers, good tires and do not let your car get less than half tank gas


It is that time of year again to renew your membership.

Click HERE to open the yearly on-line payment method.  This allows you pay via PayPal

To purchase a lifetime membership.  This is $150 and you will not have to pay again.

To print the signup form and to mail it in or bring to a club meeting.  Fill it out on-line and print it and bring to a meeting or mail it in.  Address is on the Form


Members of the Desert RATS club try our best to live by this code at all times.

The Radio Amateur Is:

* CONSIDERATE…never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

* LOYAL…offers 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 knowledge above reproach.

* FRIENDLY…slow and patient operating when requested; friendly
advise and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation 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…station and skill always ready for service to country
and community.

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