Western Pennsylvania ARES

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Saturday October 18 - 9 Am to Noon

Our 2014 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) will be conducted jointly with Red Cross and will run from 9AM-noon on Saturday Oct 18.

The overall scenario this year will be a severe weather event that causes flooding with resulting evacuations to shelters. Red Cross volunteers may be assigned to embed themselves into your ARES group. If you have Red Cross volunteers assigned to your team, please allow them to interject traffic into your nets. For example, Red Cross may want to pass a message to their HQ in Pittsburgh indicating that shelters have opened and that urgent supplies are required. Or perhaps they may want to pass a message to a neighboring county for assistance from another Red Cross chapter.

Because Red Cross does not own their shelters, we will not be able to deploy hams to actual shelters for the SET. Also, please note that just like us, Red Cross is made up of volunteers, so we do not know how many Red Cross teams will be joining us. I will be passing Red Cross assignments and contact info to you as soon as we receive it. It is entirely possible that your county may have no Red Cross volunteers (as is the case for many counties in Dist S2 because of Red Cross regional boundaries). In that case you and your DEC may select a scenario for your county.

As we've done in previous years, we'll have NBEMS nets on HF on 40M and 80M and a voice net on 80M. I strongly encourage you to send as much traffic as possible via NBEMS as it is much more efficient and accurate than voice, and we will have a nice record of the event for the after-action report.

Please consider this a high-level view of SET. As we get closer I'll be emailing out more details. And please feel free to ask me questions.


Harry Bloomberg W3YJ

Section Emergency Coordinator
Western PA ARES

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