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.

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