Youve Been Activated for EmComm Support: Now What Happens?
You've Been Activated for EmComm Support: Now What Happens?
You have been activated for Emergency Communication Support: Now what happens? This question was recently asked by George Sabbi, KC2GLG, Section Emergency Coordinator for the 12 counties of northern New Jersey, served by the American Radio Relay League's Hudson Division ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services). "First, and foremost, do not respond unless you are told to respond," Sabbi stressed, "There is no self-deployment everthis is known as free-lancing."
He was teaching a course to ham radio operators, hosted by the Ramsey Office of Emergency Management. The class was told that they were expected to bring their own radios, antennas, and coax for 2-meter and 70-cm operations, as well as extension cords, power strips and plenty of batteries. Additionally, message forms, message logs, pencils, pads of paper, markers, basic tools, non-perishable foods and water would initially be required.
The class was taught the importance of the Net Control Stationthat individual manning the base stationand the Incident Command Post, again the public safety official responsible for the overall emergency. Message sending, which had been covered in a previous course, was highlighted as the main obligation of those amateur radio operators monitoring the ham radios and logging-in the data received.
The participants in the class included: Michael Adams, WA2MWT; Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF; George Sabbi, KC2GLG; Richard Busch, KC2PYB; Craig Goldman, K2LZQ; Gil Piaquadio, Jr., KC2NLL; Stephen Adams, AB2XU; Robert Halpin, KC2LOK; William Deegan, KC2TBC; Karl Frank, W2KBF; Thomas Bennett, W2TAB; Noel Spears, N2OEL; George Halpin, WA2HFH; Ronald Bosco, WB2GAI; Linda Louie, W2BCR; Paul Hennion, KC2FMJ; Gordon Beattie, W2TTT; Avinash Mirchandani, KC2NDO; Louis Janicek, N2CYY; and Richard VanDerWall and James Houston, unlicensed.
Michael Adams, Ramsey OEM Coordinator, concluded, "As an ARES Responder, you and your team members are there to provide a reliable and functional amateur radio based communications support function for the site or agency that you are officially assigned togood luck and keep in mind that your services are very much in demand."
The third and final course in the series will be taught on Sunday, April 19, at 2:00 PM, at the Ramsey Rescue Squad Headquarters. This session will feature new information while serving as a review for the first two classes. If you missed one or both of the classes, you can make them up while preparing for a full-scale exercise to be held in May. For additional information and directions, please e-mail Michael Adams at wa2mwt@....
Submitted by Michael Adams, WA2MWT