ARRL East Bay Section

2010 Alameda ARES® Simulated Emergency Test (SET)

Posted by af6aq on October 11th, 2010

On November 6th, 2010 Alameda amateur radio operators will conduct a Simulated Emergency Test (SET) along with amateurs from Oakland. This is the first joint disaster preparation drill conducted by members of the Amateur Radio Club of Alameda (ARCA) and members of the Oakland Radio Communication Association (ORCA). Both groups are members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®), the emergency communications arm of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL).

The purpose of SET is to:

1.     Find out the strengths and weaknesses of the ARES groups in providing emergency communications

2.     Provide a public demonstration to served agencies such as local fire departments and the American Red Cross and to the public, through the news media, of the value that Amateur Radio provides, particularly in time of need.

3.     Help radio amateurs gain experience in communications using standard procedures and a variety of modes under simulated-emergency conditions.

This year’s SET will begin at 8:30AM and continue until 11:00AM. The exercise begins when volunteer radio operators gather and announce their availability via a “Resource NET”. This is an on-air assembly point at a pre-designated Amateur Radio frequency. During the exercise this pool of volunteer radio operators will be dispatched to different locations and transmit simulated emergency radio traffic. Locations for this exercise will include a city Emergency Operations Center and an Emergency Shelter.

Exercise organizers will conduct the drill using simulated emergency radio message traffic based upon a pre-designed Disaster Scenario. To test their training and preparation, participants will not know the nature of the disaster nor their assignments prior to the beginning of the exercise. Radio operating skills will be tested through the transmission and reception of messages via fixed, hand held, and mobile transceivers. Operating modes will include voice and digital communications.

At the completion of the exercise the group will gather for an evaluations session or “hot wash”.

During September, the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) was among dozens of organizations and agencies that took part in National Preparedness Month. The ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is a nationwide exercise in emergency communications, administered by ARRL Field Organization Leaders including Emergency Coordinators, District Emergency Coordinators, and Section Emergency Coordinators.

Please direct questions to:

Sanford Lavine, KO6JF

ARES Emergency Coordinator for the City of Alameda

(510)522-7152 or KO6JF@ARRL.NET