Emergency Coordination

                                                      Emergency Coordinator's Page                                                                     
                       
                                            
       
(Previous articles can be found on the sub-pages at the bottom of this page)
Direct all questions about this page to kb5hpt@arrl.net

++++++ARES® Membership++++++

Qualifications for membership in El Paso County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (EPCARES) are as follows:

  1. Have the following credentials:

a.       ICS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System

b.      ICS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

c.       IS-700 NIMS, an Introduction

d.      IS-800 National Response Framework (NRF), an Introduction

e.       Intro to Emergency Communication (EC-001). New time and location to be determined. See EC-001 Announcement below from ARRL.

"ARRL has been informed that the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC), the provider of the online platform though which ARRL offers its EC-001 course, is being dissolved, effective July 1, 2018.  That decision was announced today by Charter Oak State College, the parent organization of CTDLC. CTDLC officials cited the fiscal challenges faced by the Connecticut State College and University System and the State of Connecticut as a whole for the decision to close the CTDLC platform. 

ARRL is working on steps to address the dislocation that this decision will cause our members and others who planned to take this course. While we look at moving our course content to a new delivery mechanism, new registrations for EC-001 will be suspended effective immediately. Those who signed up for the EC-001 session starting on May 30 will receive a refund. 

ARRL had already been in the process of developing new content for the EC-001 course, and now we will intensify the process of selecting a new platform on which to post this material.  

More information on the new course content and new host site for the EC-001 course will be available in the near future as soon as a decision is made on an alternative delivery mechanism."

Candidates should submit an ARES® Registration Form (fsd98) along with copies of the above certificates of completion. Send them to kb5hpt@arrl.net.

By submitting your application for membership in ARES® you have indicated the following:

  1. You have registered your qualifications and communications equipment for use in public service during a communications emergency.
  2. You can work in a controlled environment.
  3. You have a desire to make a contribution to your community.

++++++EPCARES Mission Statement Is:++++++

WE ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF BUILDING A VIABLE ARES ORGANIZATION THAT IS PROPERLY TRAINED AND ADEQUATELY STAFFED WITH THE END GOAL OF FUNCTIONING PROFESSIONALLY IN ANY EMERGENCY THAT MAY COME OUR WAY.

Our Core Values Are: 

 Confidence             Commitment         Excellence

Respect                   Integrity

++++++EPCARES Data Operators++++++

ARES® Digital Operators: Positions are available for ARES® Digital Operators within the El Paso County ARES® (EPCARES). Required stations are as follows:
                    
                        a. Winlink 2000; VHF Packet Station capable of Winlink Express and Paclink
                        b. Winlink 2000; HF Station capable of WINMOR, ARDOP, and VERA
                        c. Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System (NBEMS); VHF/HF Station

++++++ Amateur Radio Communications Teams (ARCT) ++++++

ARCT Type 1 

Full field station and 4 mobile/portable units. For single or multiple agency support. Is not dependant on any outside power source or infrastructure. Team consists of 12 licensed and registered AROs with ten (minimum) vehicles. Team Leader (General class or higher). Liaison to the incident Communications Coordinator (COMC). Assistant Team Leader (General class or higher) Capable of VHF/UHF digital/voice, HF digital communications for tactical and voice communications for logistics, health/welfare, administrative, and other radio traffic.

ARCT Type 2

4 licensed and registered Amateur Radio Operators with two vehicles. Team leader (General class or higher). Capable of VHF/UHF & HF digital/voice communications for tactical, logistics, health/welfare, administrative, and other radio traffic.

ARCT Type 3 (Multiple)

4 licensed and registered Amateur Radio Operators with two vehicles. Team Leader (Technician class or higher). Capable of VHF/UHF digital/voice communications for tactical, logistics, health/welfare, administrative, and other radio traffic.

ARCT Type 4 (Multiple)

For assignment to agency or supplemental/relieve an existing multi-agency ARCT. 2 licensed and registered Amateur Radio Operators with two vehicles. Technician class or higher. Capable of VHF FM (minimum) equipped w/digital capabilities. HF desired w/digital capabilities (General class or higher required).

ARCT Type 5 (Multiple)

For assignment to agency or supplemental/relieve an existing multi-agency ARCT. 1 licensed and registered Amateur Radio Operator with a vehicle. Rarely ordered singly. 1 VHF FM (Minimum) with vehicle (Technician class or higher).

++++++SKYWARN® Coordinator Wanted++++++

Person/s interested in the SKYWARN® Coordinator position must have the following qualifications:

  • Active in the  SKYWARN® spotting program.
  • Two years active SKYWARN® field spotting.
  • Must travel to the National Weather Service in Santa Teresa, NM when activated and for bimonthly SKYWARN® nets.
  • Must be General class or above.
  • Must be D-Star/D-RATS qualified.

Interested person/s must contact Lew, KB5HPT at kb5hpt@arrl.net 


Feburuary 2019

DEC BULLETIN

The number of participating Amateur Radio operators during exercises or Public Service Events will have a large impact on the future of Amateur Radio providing any kind of communications in El Paso County, emergency or otherwise. We are perceived as volunteers in the eyes of the Agencies and Emergency Management. From their standpoint volunteers are unreliable and planning unknowns.

Coordinating exercises and Public Service Events doesn’t happen over night. There is a lot of time and effort that goes into planning these events. Time off from work must be coordinated to attend planning meetings for some people. When events are planed and advertised, and only a couple of people show up the agencies take notice. This gives an impression of how reliable we, as volunteers will be in an actual emergency. We also need to be careful of how we talk when we are around agency officials. They are only interested in--can we deliver their messages accurately and in a timely and efficient manor. They could care less how we do it, or what we use to do it with. Participation in EMCOMM and participation in the Public Service Events is the Service aspect of Amateur Radio. It’s not the hobby. Agency personnel are professionals in their fields and expect a professional service.

The purpose of an exercise is to test The Plan (the Standard Operating Procedure), and to get the members accustomed to working as a Team. For the members to function as a Team the members must attend training sessions together. The Plan is developed to act as a guide for those people responding to a situation. It doesn’t solve all problems but points the individual in the right direction to find a solution to the problem. It takes People to make The Plan work.

During the SET (Simulated Emergency Test) when volunteer communicators are requested on a Resource Net on the 146.70 repeater, or at the club meetings, or on the nets don’t be afraid to speak up. It’s not a crime to step up to the plate and raise your hand and say, “I’d like to volunteer.” Amateur Radio Operators in other parts of the United States are known for their willingness to volunteer as EMCOMM operators, and for Public Service Events. To become part of the team, contact any ARES® member or me as shown below. It’s the people that are going to make a favorable impression. Our success or failure is in the numbers.

Other News

Join me at the Sun City club on February 15 (7 PM) where I will be talking about the new changes being made by ARRL, Section Manager and Section Emergency Coordinator to ARES®. We have a completely different way we operate now. The past is past and the future in ARES® is bright.

Question and comments regarding this article are encouraged. Send an email to the address shown below.

NOTE: The terms ARES and Amateur Radio Emergency Service is both registered trademarks of the American Radio Relay League, Inc. and are used by permission.

Lew Maxwell, KB5HPT
DEC, District 6 – Far West Texas
email: kb5hpt@arrl.net


January 2019

EC’s Bulletin

WE ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF BUILDING A VIABLE ARES® ORGANIZATION THAT IS PROPERLY TRAINED AND ADEQUATELY STAFFED WITH THE END GOAL OF FUNCTIONING PROFESSIONALLY IN ANY EMERGENCY THAT MAY COME OUR WAY.

 Amateur radio means different things to different people. To some it is a hobby. To us in the ARES® (Amateur Radio Emergency Service®) it is a service. We offer this service to the local Office of Emergency Management, and disaster relief agencies in the community. Our served agencies do not care how we accomplish our goal, but they do expect quality results in the form of accurate, and concise messages complete with the proper service data. They require that we be trained by their standards. They are also looking for a clearly defined chain of authority.

The Federal Communications Commission recognizes the capability of Amateur Radio by stating in Part 97.1 (basis and purpose) of the FCC Rules and Regulation, “recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.”

The ARRL (American Radio Relay League, Inc.) sponsors the ARES®. ARES® is recognized nationally for its contribution towards saving lives and property during disasters. ARES® has been in service to communities since 1935. It was originally called the “Amateur Radio Emergency Corp.” It has since changed its name to the Amateur Radio Emergency Service®. This is by far longer service than any other Amateur Radio group that provides emergency communications. Granted, most amateur operators can provide some type of communications during a disaster, but ARES® organizes our response through training and preparedness. The traffic-handling format used by ARES® has been tried and tested time and time again in many disasters. It has consistently met the standards set by the served agencies.

Individuals need not be a member of any club or ARRL to belong to the ARES®. You don’t have to spend every other weekend training for a disaster. It does require that you have a sincere desire to serve your community and can operate in a controlled environment. Go to http://www.hamradioelpaso.com/emergency-coordination and check out ARES® Membership to see how you can get started today to be an ARES® member.

Questions and comments regarding this article are welcome and encouraged. Send an email to the address shown below.

Join me at the Sun City club on February 15 (7 PM) where I will be talking about the new changes being made by ARRL, Section Manager and Section Emergency Coordinator to ARES®. We have a completely different way we operate now. The past is past and the future in ARES® is bright.

NOTE: The terms ARES and Amateur Radio Emergency Service is both registered trademarks of the American Radio Relay League, Inc. and are used by permission.

Lew Maxwell, KB5HPT
DEC, District 6 – Far West Texas
e-mail: kb5hpt@arrl.net


 Previous articles can be found on the subpages links towards the bottom of this page.
 

The terms Amateur Radio Emergency Service and ARES are both registered trademarks of the 
American Radio Relay League Inc. and are used by permission.  

Lew Maxwell, KB5HPT  
DEC District 6 - Far West Texas
Email: kb5hpt@arrl.net  
 
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