The ARES E-Letter for February 17, 2016

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February 17,
2016
Editor: Rick Palm, K1CE

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In This Issue:

 

New ARRL/Red Cross MoU Signed

ARES Report Forms Training Webinar

Colorado Exercise DEEP FREEZE

Ohio ARES® Helps in Water Problem

Tips: Public Safety Tools — Excellent Resources
for ARES

Essay: I Don’t Get No Respect

Letters: More Tips for Net Controllers

Model Emergency Communication Plan for a Retirement
Community

Wind Storm Damages San Diego/Baja Amateur High
Speed Data Facilities

ARES® Briefs, Links

IARU President Touts Amateur Radio’s
Relevance in Emergency Communication (2/8/2016); Ohio SEC Hoping to Expand “NVIS Antenna Day” Activity this
Year (1/29/2016); FEMA Issues Call for Youth
Council Members (1/29/2016); ARES® Volunteers Help to Distribute Water in Ohio
Community with Lead-Tainted Water (1/28/2016); ARES® Volunteers Support Major Flood Responses (1/27/2016); Hams Turn Out to Help as Massive
Snowfall Stuns Several States (1/25/2016)

Noah Goldstein,
KB1VWZ, operates the WX1BOX station at the NWS office, Taunton,
Massachusetts for the Blizzard of 2016. (photo courtesy Rob Macedo, KD1CY)

ARES/Media Hits

ARES® in Emergency Management Magazine

Ken Reid, KG4USN, wrote an excellent article, published in Emergency
Management magazine online on the subject of how emergency management
agencies can work with ARES® groups. Read the article here.

ARES®
and High Def TV News

Colorado Section Manager Jack
Ciaccia, WM0G, reported an article in TV Technology News on radio
amateurs involvement in High Definition TV experimentation used in ARES. Read
the article here.

New ARRL/Red Cross MoU
Signed

The ARRL and the American Red Cross have signed
a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The
document, signed in January, succeeds one agreed to in 2010; it will remain in
place for the next 5 years. The MoU spells out how League Amateur Radio
Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers will interface with the Red Cross in the
event that ARES teams are asked by the Red Cross to assist in a disaster or
emergency response.

“Whenever there is a disaster
requiring the use of Amateur Radio communications resources and/or facilities, the
local Red Cross region or chapter may request the assistance of the local
ARES organization responsible for the jurisdiction of the scene of the
disaster,” the MoU provides. Such assistance would include mobilization of ARES
personnel in accordance with a prearranged plan, and the establishment of
communication as necessary during a disaster or emergency. “Both ARRL volunteers
and American Red Cross workers will work cooperatively at the scene of a
disaster and in the disaster recovery, within the scope of their respective
roles and duties” within the scope of the MoU, the agreement says.

Generally, the MoU sets the parameters of the partnership between the ARRL
and the Red Cross to provide assistance to communities affected by
disasters. It calls upon both organizations to encourage and maintain open lines of
communication at the state and local levels, sharing current data regarding
disasters, situational and operational reports, changes in policy or
personnel, and any information pertaining to disaster preparedness, response,
and recovery.

For its part, the League will encourage
ARES units to engage in discussions with local Red Cross entities to develop
plans for local response or disaster relief operations. The Red Cross will
encourage its field units to engage in discussions with the ARRL Field
Organization to develop plans for local response or disaster relief.

Facilitating this is a Statement of Cooperation to provide methods of
cooperation between the two organizations on the local level in providing
services to communities during or after a disaster event, “as well as other
services for which cooperation may be mutually beneficial.” The ARRL
signatory is either the appropriate ARRL Section Manager or Section Emergency
Coordinator.

The new MoU also clarifies that ARES volunteers
assisting the Red Cross but not registered as Red Cross volunteers do not have
to undergo a prior background check. Radio amateurs who register as Red
Cross volunteers, though, must abide by the Red Cross’s background check
requirement.

Then-ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signed
the MoU on behalf of the League on January 7, while ARC Senior Vice
President-Disaster Cycle Services Richard Reed, signed for the American Red Cross on
January 22. — ARRL

ARES Report Forms Training Webinar

ARRL Headquarters will be offering a training session for ARES Emergency
Coordinators, District Emergency Coordinators and Section Emergency
Coordinators on how ARES report forms are filled out, submitted and how the
information is used. The training webinar will be Tuesday March 1, 2016 at 8pm
Eastern Time. You may register for the webinar here.
The webinar will be recorded and made available online. All EC’s, DEC’s and
SEC’s are encouraged to participate. — Mike Corey, KI1U, ARRL Emergency
Preparedness Manager.

Colorado Exercise DEEP FREEZE

Colorado
is no stranger to snow. In October 1997 a devastating blizzard hit the state
resulting in several deaths, many stranded motorists, and more people in
need of help. On Saturday, January 9, 2016, the El Paso County Office of
Emergency Management (OEM) held exercise DEEP FREEZE ’16 in conjunction with
the Colorado National Guard, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other
agencies to practice a response to an October ’97 type of event.

At the invitation of the Red Cross, operators from Region 2,
District 2 (Pikes Peak ARES®) of the Colorado Section Amateur Radio
Emergency Service® set up alternate communications between the Red Cross
shelter and the county Emergency Operation Center (EOC). Two Pikes Peak
ARES® members were dual hatted as county Special Communication Unit
personnel and manned the radios in the EOC while another ARES® member worked
at the shelter.

Using VHF/FM radios these operators
established simplex voice and

John Bloodgood, KD0SFY, prepares to
send a digital message. (photo courtesy KD0SFY)

data communication and demonstrated to the shelter
manager, Red Cross EOC liaison, and the OEM the ability to digitally pass
Incident Command System forms such as the ICS-213.

“The
digital messaging capability is a tremendous tool and using it in the
exercise helped me learn how best to work it in with our liaison training”, said
Jimmy Jenkins, the Red Cross EOC liaison for the exercise.

Participating in the exercise were Fred Kendall, KD0TKR; Bob Nuttleman,
K0FYI; and John Bloodgood, KD0SFY. More photos can be found here. See also
Twitter hashtag #deepfreeze16 — John Bloodgood, KD0SFY, EC and PIO

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