Auxiliary emails will be temporarily offline again late in the evening of Saturday, 24 September and potentially part of 25 September to finish email migration to the new server. There may be some additional temporary issues on the weekend as domain record changes propagate to nameservers across the Internet, resulting in delays in email delivery.
During a part of Monday, 5 September and into the early morning of 6 September, there will be temporary outages of Auxiliary email accounts due to back-end changes by the vendors.
Separately, this website may be down for a short period during the early morning hours of 6 September for backups, security fixes, updates.
In the last week, I have had to try to extend the standard radio layout for our 2-way radios to a model that we have not used before, the Baofeng UV-82HP. This radio is supported by CHIRP, but has some interesting quirks that had to be worked around and the memory layout is 128 channels in 2 banks vs. our standard 200 channel layout. As I am rebuilding and updating our programming, I intend to describe some of those issues here as well as go into why we laid out the HAM channels the way we did in the first place.
We have used the recent unexpected website outage to make some software upgrades and changes. Some of these changes are aimed at differentiating how we use this site versus how we are using social media like Facebook. Our intention is to use the main web site for permanent things, file downloads, policies, and in-depth articles, all tagged and searchable. Facebook will be used for events, short news items, and other temporary listings.
This page contains links to materials for the ISIS/Extremism Community Briefing, first public presentation on 25 January 2016 in Mount Vernon, Missouri, updated for presentation in Springfield on 20 June 2016 and Mount Vernon on 09 August 2016. The briefing will consist of a talk, question/answer session, and additional reading materials. We have divided the presentation into several sub-presentations so that we can mix-and-match for different audiences and time-slots.
The Sheriff's Auxiliary will be giving a community briefing on the potential threat from ISIS and Muslim Extremism. The briefing will consist of a talk, a question-and-answer session, and additional materials for further reading/viewing. The official announcement is on our Facebook page .
Frank Furedi's book, "Invitation To Terror: The Expanding Empire of the Unknown" explores the culture of fear which has developed around terrorism and the ways in which we do the work of the Terrorist for them. As Schmid's definition of terrorism starts:
Terrorism refers on the one hand to a doctrine about the presumed effectiveness of a special form or tactic of fear-generating, coercive political violence...[Academic Consensus Definition of Terorism (ACDT 2011)]
The current offering of the Sheriff's Auxiliary's Tactical Medical Training will be almost-entirely funded by a generous donation from the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce as a thank-you for our Apple Butter Makin' Days Deployment. The remainder of the class is being covered by a contribution from Mid-Missouri Bank and the families of volunteers.
On a regular basis, I have people ask me variations on the question: "If I cannot volunteer for the Sheriff's Auxiliary (physical limitations, work schedules, etc), what can I do to help?" This article will go into part of the answer by helping people to understand what it costs to volunteer and where some of those costs go. This breakdown may also help people who are planning to start a volunteer emergency response organization understand what they are getting into.