Section Emergency Test Bulletn #2

July 27, 2012 Posted by

The following from our Section Emergency Coordinator

This is an exercise! This is an exercise! This is an exercise!

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) continues to track late-season Atlantic Hurricane ZETA as it moves rapidly to the north. This massive storm is forecast to still be a Category 3 major hurricane when it reaches the Northeast United States and will have considerable impact on Connecticut on Saturday evening, 28 July 2012.

Expected rainfall totals are likely to exceed 12 inches in many parts of Connecticut resulting in widespread flooding. Anticipated hurricane force winds combined with this tropical rainfall are expected to cause extensive power and communications outages due to downed trees and power lines.

CT ARES will activate at 0700 EDT, Saturday, 28 July 2012, to assist our partner agencies prepare for the impact of this storm. At that time Regional District Emergency Coordinators (DECs) are directed to execute their Regional Emergency Operations Plans (EOP).

DECs should systematically deploy their trained volunteer radio operators to assist our Served Agencies by staffing the following locations to the maximum extent possible: Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) in municipalities needing radio operators (simulate where necessary), shelters opened by the American Red Cross (ARC), and CT DEMHS Regional Offices.

Early and frequent contact with local authorities to coordinate our communications support activities is strongly encouraged.

The National Weather Service expects to activate SKYWARN to provide rainfall and wind data as well as assisting with river and stream monitoring. The National Traffic System (NTS) component of amateur radio will be used to handle message traffic.

Remember that the safety of yourself and your family is your number one priority!

Note: This exercise is being conducted in accordance with the 2012 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) Player Handbook that is available at the following link: http://www.ctares.org/SET2012.html

73 & Thanx, Wayne Gronlund, N1CLV

Section Emergency Test Bulletin #1

July 27, 2012 Posted by

Please note the following bulletin from our Section Emergency Coordinator

This is an exercise! This is an exercise! This is an exercise!

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is closely watching late-season Atlantic Hurricane ZETA, currently a Category 4 hurricane in the Florida Keys. ZETA is expected to track rapidly to the north. This massive storm is forecast to still be a Category 3 hurricane when it reaches the Northeast United States and will have considerable impact on Connecticut on Saturday evening (28 July 2012).

Expected rainfall totals are likely to exceed 12 inches in many parts of Connecticut. This will result in widespread flooding. Anticipated high winds combined with this tropical rainfall are expected to cause extensive power outages due to downed trees.

I anticipate CT ARES being activated on Saturday, 29 July 2012, to prepare for the impact of this storm. Please be prepared to assist our Served Agencies by staffing the following locations to the degree able: CT DEMHS Regional Offices, shelters opened by the American Red Cross, and Emergency Operations Centers in municipalities needing radio operators. Coordination by District Emergency Coordinators (DECs) with local authorities is encouraged.

The National Weather Service expects to activate SKYWARN to provide rainfall data as well as assisting with river and stream monitoring. The National Traffic System (NTS) component of amateur radio will be used to handle message traffic.

Note: This exercise is being conducted in accordance with the 2012 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) Player Handbook that is available at the following link: http://www.ctares.org/SET2012.html

73 & Thanx, Wayne Gronlund, N1CLV
Connecticut Section Emergency Coordinator

Revised CT ARES Region 3 Emergency Operation Plan (simplified)

July 26, 2012 Posted by

The following is posted on our website for immediate use.  Updates to our plan and region handbook will soon follow.

While ARES Alert Level is Zero:

Make sure you have a current email address and contact phone numbers on file, either with your EC or in the database at www.ctares.org. This web site also has the list of the 41 towns in Region 3 and the EC’s to report to.

Program your radio with the ARES simplex frequencies and repeaters listed on the ICS-205 form available on www.ctregion3.net.

If you have the ability to do digital communications, practice receiving bulletins and sending and receiving messages

When an emergency begins:

Check your email and phone for notification of an alert or an ARES activation
Check for an ARES alert at www.ctares.org
Check for statewide bulletins on
Flexnet packet
Winmail
Other digital modes
The linked 2-meter repeater systems – KB1AEV and similar
The HF CT Phone net
If ARES is activated, report on your assigned simplex frequency.
If there is no ARES EC or designated liaison, then first one on the air is Net Control.  Collect this information from checkins:
Call sign
Name
Town you are reporting from
Can you reach an ARES Regional EC or DEC by any means
Pass the information up the chain of command:
Local liaison (designated by an EC, or in the absence of a designee, any ham whose equipment will reach the next level)
ARES-Appointed EC (emergency coordinator for 1 or more towns)
Regional EC (K1CMM, W1VJA, AB1LZ)
Assistant to the DEC (AB1GL and KB1ONM)
DEC (Jonathan Hardy, KB1KIX)

Region 3 goals for our Section Emergency Test 2012 (July 28-31 2012)

July 26, 2012 Posted by

Most of our activity will center around Saturday early AM through afternoon.

In response to those who tried to participate in the past and were unable to “connect,” we are changing the region’s standard operating procedure relating to call-up and activation.

Instead of waiting for a resource net to form on a linked repeater system, we want each ham to get on the radio and form or join a net on a simplex frequency assigned to your town.  Do this whenever you find out about an ARES activation.  You will most likely get an activation email; but other ways to find out about an activation are by a digital bulletin, a voice broadcast on various 2-meter repeaters; on the CT HF Phone Net; the ctares.org web site; or you might hear about an emergency on broadcast media. Sorry, Region 3 leadership does not use social media for this — yet.
Once on the simplex frequency, identify if there is an EC or a designated ARES liaison.  If not, first ham on the air is “it.”
Collect the call signs and names of anyone who checks in.  Have the liaison or EC pass this information up the chain of command.  If there is no EC or designated liaison, the net control should try to reach any Official Emergency Station or regional official by any means available.
Then stand by.  Once Region 3 leadership gets your head count, they will pass back to you any assignments called for by the drill scenario or requests from served agencies.
There will be two Skywarn nets on the PVRA 146.790 (- 82.5) repeater during the Saturday and Sunday drills.  You are encouraged to check in with simulated weather reports.  Remember to use “This is a drill.”
Lastly, we encourage each town to send its net attendance as a formal NTS message to the DEC during the evening NTS nets.
(If your town has its own CERT/RACES ham team and you belong to it, ignore all this and follow your team’s instructions for the Governor’s hurricane drill.  If asked to send messages to DEMHS Region 3 coordinator Tom Gavaghan via ham radio, the ARES Region 3 leadership will simulate his office for you. The state will not be manning its ham radio station at the Armory for this drill.)
You will receive separate emails with the list of assigned frequencies for each town, and a suggested NTS message to send.
Thanks for volunteering to participate in the ARES Simulated Emergency Test.

ICS-205 updated

May 17, 2012 Posted by

As discussed during our weekly net, I have uploaded the updated ICS-205.

There may be a minor revision coming soon, awaiting a verification.  This document however is good to go.  There will be a companion document coming soon that will be a simple programming guide.  This list will be used to help keep our EOC radios programmed in a similar fashion

1 Day ARRL EmComm Course

January 2, 2012 Posted by

The 1 Day ARRL EmComm Level 1 Course (EC-001)

Why spend 9 WEEKS “On-Line”?

DETAILS

This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer, and is a core requirement for Emergency Coordinators [ECs].

Date:   Saturday, January 28, 2012
Time:  8 am – 5 pm
Place:  Hampton Inn and Suites, 510 Sawmill Rd, West Haven , CT
Cost:   $60  (includes: Book / Test / Lunch & Refreshments)

RESEVATIONS ARE REQUIRED – No “Walk-Ins”.

PREREQUISITES:

- FEMA IS-100 & IS-700

REQUIREMENTS:

- Must bring Completion Certificates for IS-100 & IS-700

RESERVE YOUR PLACE TODAY!
Contact: Ed Rhodes (WA1LEI) for Applications.
wa1lei@rocketmail.com

DEADLINE:
Applications MUST be Postmarked not later than Friday, January 13, 2012.

CT SET Bulletin #4, Original plans changing with inclement weather

October 28, 2011 Posted by

From the Connecticut Section Emergency Coordinator / Exercise Director for the 2011 Simulated Emergency Test (SET):

On more occasions than we can count in the history of the Connecticut Section, our Simulated Emergency Tests have been negatively impacted by the ACTUAL weather! Seems that if you want to produce foul weather in Connecticut, all you have to do is schedule an SET! This weekend’s potential for an early-season coastal Nor’easter threatens to add one more “gotcha” to that list!

Because the SET is an important measure of our capability and readiness to support our Served Agencies in an emergency, we do not want to cancel it. BUT we do need to MODIFY it appropriately based on expected REAL weather conditions. Since many of us have already invested considerable time and energy preparing for this exercise, we will include our preparations and response to the expected ACTUAL storm as our 2011 SET.

So, here is our modified PLAN B for this weekend’s SET!

A) Fictitious Hurricane ZETA and a possible CT earthquake, the subjects of the three previous SET Bulletins, are no more! Aside: If only we had the power to control the real world that easily! :-)

B) The guidelines for conducting an SET allow response to an actual event to be counted as the exercise. Up to a 48 hour period of activity can be included in the scoring. We will utilize the period from 0600 Saturday through midnight on Sunday as our SET scoring period. Those responsible for SET reporting should capture all ARES/SKYWARN/NTS activity during that time period on their SET reports.

C) Based on the current forecast, the National Weather Service is likely to activate SKYWARN on Saturday to provide REAL wind and precipitation data. So SKYWARN exercise activity originally planned for Friday evening as part of the SET is CANCELED. SKYWARN personnel should function as they normally would during an actual event.

D) In order to not interfere with any possible actual response efforts, we will focuse the ARES and NTS exercise activity to between 0900 and 1200 on Saturday. District Emergency Coordinators and Net Managers should direct the call up of their respective nets as soon after 0900 as repeater resources allow. DECs should have their leadership cadre conduct a roll call of available operators and determine answers to the following questions about their operating capabilities:
1) Can they operate fixed, mobile, and/or portable?
2) On what bands/modes can they operate?
3) Do they have an emergency power source available, and if so, for what duration?
4) Any other specific capability or limitation?

E) District Emergency Coordinators and Net Managers are authorized to conduct whatever training and exercise activity during the 0900-1200 time period that is appropriate for their area and existing weather conditions. Specific options include, but are not limited to, the following:
1) Conducting Regional nets to determine simplex coverage areas
2) Originating and sending message traffic in NTS format – make sure TEST messages are so marked
3) Operating on emergency power (i.e., battery, generator, solar, wind)
4) Testing communications to EOCs, hospitals, and shelters
5) Practicing with data/digital modes (e.g., Classic Packet and/or Winlink)

F) For purposes of both the SET and the ACTUAL storm, we will elevate the ARES Activation Level to “Level 1 Alert” effective at 1800 Friday evening. We will raise the ARES Activation Level to “Level 2 Standby” effective at 0830 Saturday morning. After further changes to the Activation Level and our ARES response posture will be made as needed to address ACTUAL conditions and needs as they develop. Any actual requests for assistance received from Served Agencies should be handled in the normal manner.

NOTE: No one should actually deploy as part of the SET unless conditions are absolutely SAFE to do so!! An increased level of personal risk is something we are forced to accept in a real emergency response, but not in a drill!

Your support of the upcoming Simulated Emergency Test is sincerely appreciated and contributes to our overall emergency preparedness! See you on the radio this weekend!

Thanx & 73, Wayne, N1CLV
SEC – CT ARES(r)
SET Exercise Director

CT SET – Bulletin #3

October 28, 2011 Posted by

This is an exercise! This is an exercise! This is an exercise!

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) continues to closely watch late-season Atlantic Hurricane ZETA. While it has weakened a little more, it is still a Category 2 hurricane just offshore of Virginia. ZETA is expected to continue to track rapidly northward. This moisture-laden storm is forecast to have considerable impact on the Northeast US with landfall expected on the Rhode Island shoreline sometime on Friday (28 October 2011). NHC is predicting especially heavy rain for all of Connecticut.

Expected rainfall totals are likely to exceed 12 inches in many parts of Connecticut. This will add to the already extraordinarily high river and stream levels, resulting in widespread flooding. Anticipated high winds combined with this additional rain are likely to cause extensive power outages due to downed trees and power lines.

USGS reports that seismological activity in the region has increased notably, including some small quakes felt by many in Connecticut that registered 2.5 on the Richter scale. In light of the heavy river flow from the storm, there is particular concern for potential catastrophic damage to dams statewide.

I expect to activate CT ARES on Saturday (29 October 2011) to assist with recovery in the aftermath of this storm and/or earthquake event. Please be prepared to assist our Served Agencies by staffing the following locations to the degree able: CT DEMHS Regional Offices (simulated), shelters (simulated) opened by the American Red Cross, and Emergency Operations Centers (simulated) in municipalities needing radio operators. Coordination by District Emergency Coordinators (DECs) with local authorities is encouraged.

The National Weather Service expects to activate SKYWARN on Friday to provide wind and rainfall data as well as assisting with river and stream monitoring. The National Traffic System (NTS) component of amateur radio will be used to handle message traffic.

73, Wayne, N1CLV
SEC – CT ARES(r)

This is an exercise! This is an exercise! This is an exercise!

CT SET – Bulletin #2

October 26, 2011 Posted by

This is an exercise! This is an exercise! This is an exercise!

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) continues to closely watch late-season Atlantic Hurricane ZETA. While it has weakened slightly, it is still a strong Category 2 hurricane just offshore of South Carolina. ZETA is expected to track rapidly northward. This massive storm is forecast to have considerable impact on the Northeast US with landfall expected on the Connecticut shoreline sometime on Friday (28 October 2011).

Expected rainfall totals are likely to exceed 12 inches in many parts of Connecticut. This will add to the already extraordinarily high river and stream levels, resulting in widespread flooding. Anticipated high winds combined with this additional rain are likely to cause extensive power outages due to downed trees and powerlines.

USGS reports seismological activity in the region has increased notably. In light of the heavy river flow from the storm, there is particular concern for potential catastrophic damage to dams statewide.

I expect to activate CT ARES on Saturday (29 October 2011) to assist with recovery in the aftermath of this storm and/or earthquake event. Please be prepared to assist our Served Agencies by staffing the following locations to the degree able: CT DEMHS Regional Offices (simulated), shelters (simulated) opened by the American Red Cross, and Emergency Operations Centers (simulated) in municipalities needing radio operators. Coordination by District Emergency Coordinators (DECs) with local authorities is encouraged.

The National Weather Service expects to activate SKYWARN on Friday to provide wind and rainfall data as well as assisting with river and stream monitoring. The National Traffic System (NTS) component of amateur radio will be used to handle message traffic.

73, Wayne, N1CLV

SEC – CT ARES(r)

This is an exercise! This is an exercise! This is an exercise!

CT SET Bulletin #1

October 25, 2011 Posted by

This is an exercise! This is an exercise! This is an exercise!

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is closely watching late-season Atlantic Hurricane ZETA, currently a Category 3 hurricane in the Florida Keys. ZETA is expected to track rapidly to the north. This massive storm is forecast to have considerable impact on the Northeast United States on Thursday and Friday of this week (27-28 October 2011).

Expected rainfall totals are likely to exceed 12 inches in many parts of Connecticut. This will add to the already extraordinarily high river and stream levels, resulting in widespread flooding. Anticipated high winds combined with this additional rain are likely to cause extensive power outages due to downed trees.

Also of concern is a recent USGS report of increased seismological activity in the region. While earthquakes are not common here, they do occur. In light of the heavy river flow from the storm, there is particular concern for potential catastrophic damage to dams statewide.

I anticipate CT ARES being activated on Saturday, 29 October 2011, to assist with recovery in the aftermath of this storm and/or earthquake event. Please be prepared to assist our Served Agencies by staffing the following locations to the degree able: CT DEMHS Regional Offices (simulated), shelters (simulated) opened by the American Red Cross, and Emergency Operations Centers (simulated) in municipalities needing radio operators. Coordination by District Emergency Coordinators (DECs) with local authorities is encouraged.

The National Weather Service expects to activate SKYWARN to provide rainfall data as well as assisting with river and stream monitoring. The National Traffic System (NTS) component of amateur radio will be used to handle message traffic.

73, Wayne, N1CLV
SEC – CT ARES(r)

This is an exercise! This is an exercise! This is an exercise!