Before we transmit the numerical part of a street address, we say, “figures.” Then we transmit the house number one digit at a time. Next, we say the street name. Unless the street name is a very common word, we then say, “I spell” and then spell the street name phonetically. In the street address, we do not expand abbreviations or compress words to abbreviations. If the radiogram reads, “Ave,” we say “Initials alpha Victor echo.” If the Radiogram reads “Avenue,” we say, “Avenue,” not “Ave.” So, an address like this: 1234 Woodlan Rd, would sound like “Figures one two three four, Woodlan, I spell, whiskey Oscar Oscar delta Lima alpha November, initials Romeo delta.” PO Box 1234 would sound like “initials papa Oscar, box, figures one two three four.” 313 4th St would sound like “figures three one three, mixed group four tango hotel, initials Sierra tango.” Next week, going to town.
(This is the 10th in a series of short traffic-handling columns I submitted to the Kosciusko County ARES newsletter.)
The pause we take after sending a radiogram preamble is the only introduction the address needs. We don’t say, “Going to,” we just say the first name of the addressee. If the first name is unusual or could be spelled in more than one way (e.g. Jon and John or Chris and Kris), we follow the name with the words, “I spell,” and then spell it phonetically. If there’s a middle initial, we say, “initial,” and then the initial phonetically. Then we say the last name. It is best practice to always spell the last name, even common last names, so we again say, “I spell” and the spell the name phonetically. If there is a call sign after the name, we say, “amateur call” and then the call sign phonetically. Here’s how “Chris B. Johnson W9XAB” should sound: “Chris, I spell, Charlie hotel, Romeo, India, Sierra, initial bravo, Johnson, I spell, Juliet, Oscar, hotel, November, Sierra, Oscar, November, amateur call whiskey nine x-ray alpha bravo.” Next week: Addresses.
(This is the ninth in a series of short traffic-handling columns I submitted to the Kosciusko County ARES newsletter.)
Update: At 11:19 a.m. EDT, a FWFD battalion chief advised his dispatcher that the FWFD was terminating operations at Dalevue Dr.
Indiana’s News Center is reporting that people are being evacuated from their homes at Fernwood Ave. and Dalevue Dr. in the Waynedale area of southwestern Fort Wayne.
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The Fort Wayne / Allen County Health Department has some flood safety resources on this Web page.
From police scanner traffic, it sounds as if the Fort Wayne Fire Department is involved in some sort of operation along Spy Run Creek. One fire deparment officer just reported that the water in one intersection is at least 12 inches deeper than it was when he arrived. Add a comment below if you have additional information.
From the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s Twitter feed:
|Downside of heavy rains: minor flooding in zoo. Upside: Sea lions made new friends!
|#fwcz (All animals are safe)
Below are links to flood-related text products from the northern Indiana National Weather Service office. Each page lists every product the office has issued of that type, for any location in its 37-county warning area.
If you want to see only statements that affect Fort Wayne, visit this page and click the links in the pink “Hazardous Weather Conditions” box
WANE-TV’s website has a list of roads closed by flooding.
Want to know what various flood gauges around Fort Wayne are reading right now? Check out this interactive Web page.
The northern Indiana office of the NWS just pulled the trigger on a flood warning. The text includes:
NUMEROUS SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS…INCLUDING SPY RUN IN THE FORT WAYNE METRO AREA…WILL LIKELY OVERFLOW THEIR BANKS. NUMEROUS ROADWAYS WILL BECOME IMPASSABLE DUE TO WATER FLOWING ACROSS THE ROAD…AND DEEP PONDED WATER IN POORLY DRAINED SECTIONS.