Emergency Preparedness

ARES Region 3 Documents

As a convenience to our members, we maintain a repository of CT Region 3 documents. Please note that the official, up-to-date versions of these documents are available at http://ctregion3.net

The documents we have here are for your convenience only and as backup. Please ensure that you have the latest information / CT Region 3 Handbook with all Appendices in your Go-Kit.

ARES Registration

We encourage all amateurs to join ARES in support of public service and emergency communications. The Club exists today largely due to its role in responding to Hurricane Gloria in 1985 that knocked out Bloomfield’s regular emergency communications system.

You do NOT have to be a member of the club to join ARES, and you do not have to be a member of ARES to join us. However, if you are able and willing, please consider registering with Connecticut ARES via their web site under “ARES Membership.”

Regional ARES Net

We fall under Region 3 in the Connecticut ARES system. It is a very good idea to know what is going on in other towns in the region, especially if you don’t live in Bloomfield.

One of the best ways to learn about the activities, training, and protocol is to participate in the Monday night 8:00 PM ARES net on the KB1AEV Linked Repeater System.

For more information on Region 3 ARES including the Monday night net and the repeaters in the KB1AEV system, please visit the CT ARES Region 3 Website at http://ctregion3.net

You may also want to get involved in Skywarn – the volunteer spotting service for the National Weather Service. A lot of amateurs are involved in both ARES and Skywarn and the two organizations work closely.

http://www.ctskywarn.com/ Scroll down for Skywarn frequencies and regular net times.

Training and Education

Emergency communications requires more than simply equipment and a license. To be effective, you need:

  1. An understanding of your role in the emergency communications system, including chain of command and who to report to in ARES and in served agencies.
  2. Knowledge of the type, protocol, and format for communications to be passed.
  3. Understanding of how and when not to pass message traffic.
  4. Understanding of which equipment or modes to use and when.
  5. Technical knowledge of the equipment, modes, and bands you will be using.
  6. Practice with the equipment, modes, bands, and message traffic you will be handling. If you have not passed NTS formatted messages, or acted as net control, we are happy to help!

We do encourage you to take the ARRL Emergency Communications course (EC-001) and at least IS-100 (Incident Command System) and and IS-700 (National Incident Management System). These are the systems that we operate under in an emergency in our area. The FEMA / DHS courses are free of charge.

Update 2011: Note that the ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communications Course is no longer available pending its revision. Please keep an eye on the ARRL Course Catalog and register when it becomes available. It is an excellent course that is online from ARRL.

Net Control – Try it!

One of the best ways to prepare for emergency communications is to act as net control. Please visit our net control page to find out about how to get on the air and try it. We are typically a small net so it is a great chance to try it out if you are nervous or just new to this. Many local ARES volunteers started by acting as our net control operators.

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