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

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