Posted on: December 13, 2009
MEPN ANNOUNCEMENT. Instructions on how to access and navigate the Missouri Emergency Packet Network (MEPN) are now posted under the User Info tab.
Posted on: December 19, 2007

The Missouri Emergency Radio Service, Inc. (MERS) was established to design, develop, install and maintain Amateur radio systems throughout the state of Missouri to provide digital and analog backup communications for any number of federal, state and private agencies. All of the design and system development, as well as the fundraising, have been accomplished by volunteers. Because Amateurs are prevented by federal law for charging for their services, donations from individuals, businesses and corporations are the only source of funding for equipment, antennas and tower installation.

The major thrust of the digital system is to link the major and second tier cities to the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) headquarters in Jefferson City (state capital). This linking will permit “real time” emergency or disaster information to be exchanged between the impacted area and SEMA’s offices so that support decisions can be made more rapidly. In addition to the state-wide link, each system can simultaneously connect Amateurs to Red Cross shelters and local Emergency Operation Centers (EOC’s). This dual function has proven very effective where it has been established.

The analog voice system is laid out along the Interstate and major state highway routes. The linked system will permit direct access from volunteer SKYWARN spotters to the National Weather Service (NWS) offices prior, during and after severe weather is forecasted in the area.

A third function of the organization is to coordinate Amateur equipment installation on agency towers.

MERS Structure
 
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