The DRT Course is designed to simulate a supply run on day four after a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. Riders are responsible for choosing and navigating their route to each checkpoint. The circuit features challenges that test the rider and her/his bike or trailer. These will include at least one shallow water crossing, a one-meter barrier, and an off-pavement section. At various checkpoints along the way, cargo items will be picked up and carried by the rider.
Riders on the DRT can expect to collect up to 100lbs of cargo at checkpoints. The nature of the items can vary from small fragile items to large heavy items. The rider and platform’s ability to carry and secure a wide range of payloads, sometimes simultaneously, is a hallmark of the Disaster Relief Trials. Riders are encouraged to objectively assess their bike or trailer’s ability to carry a wide range of cargo, and plan/modify accordingly. Riders should bring appropriate lashing materials.
. . . an annual amateur radio exercise . . . encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators.
. . . using emergency and alternative power sources are highly encouraged, since electricity and other public infrastructures are often among the first to fail during a natural disaster or severe weather. . . . there is an integrated contesting component . . . to contact as many stations as possible in the given time period . . . contest points are awarded for experimenting with unusual modes, making contacts via satellite, and involving youth in the activity.
Field Day stresses emergency preparedness. . . . The contest portion . . . demonstrate[s] the group's ability to plan operations . . . [and] the technical proficiency of the [temporary] station . . . [And] Field Day is used to attract publicity for amateur radio . . .
With I-5 closed, Portland's gas supplies will limited and might be rationed for at least a couple of days, and emergency response and relief workers will be prioritized over just-regular-folks, but the latter will still need to cover broken windows with plywood, clear debris out of their homes, and so on.
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