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October Saratoga CERT Event – Our Annual CERT Exercise
Distributing this Monthly Newsletter
Santa Clara County FD Training in October
Santa Clara County ARES/RACES Emergency Drill (Hams)
Next Ham Cram Class in November
Staying UP TO DATE
BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR OUR UPCOMING SURVEY!
1. Division layout / opportunities
a. Map : http://saratogacert.org/app
2. Organization / opportunities
3. Recent activity review
a. Triage / Medical Ops – Lori Stafford (August 24th, 2017)
b. County EOC Communications drill – Morris Jones (September 14th, 2017)
c. Everbridge alert status – Michael Taylor
4. Fall exercise planning
a. Designed and reviewed with SCCFD
b. Objectives being assembled now
c. Need two more assistants to help lead this exercise
d. Homework for ALL to prepare for this exercise
On Thursday, September 14th, Santa Clara County is having an emergency drill. Saratoga will open up its EOC and radio communications room on Thursday, September 14th between 09:00 and 09:30 AM. Michael Taylor will send an alert to all Saratoga CERT members via EVERBRIDGE. The alert will ask you to respond to the alert message. We ask that everyone please respond to the alert. (Calendar entry: http://saratogacert.org/event/saratoga-cert-participation-in-santa-clara-county-emergency-drill/)
SARA/RACES ham members should plan on signing into a drill net on the K6SA repeater at about 9am on 9/14.
(Note that earlier messages on this drill included instructions for “turning out” with your CERT backpacks…those plans have been cancelled.)
The quarterly County communications drill will be a “stay at home” exercise of the Resource Net from Level 1 through Level 3. (Something we don’t do very often – but we all will depend on the process when the next major earthquake arrives.) Any County MAC or ham is invited to participate. The operational period is 14:00 to 16:00. The drill event will be a simulation of a self-alerting major earthquake, two simulated aftershocks, simulated (or real) activation of participating City EOC radio rooms, and hopefully several mutual aid requests which need to be fulfilled from available MACs/MITs and other available ham radio operators, and finally a simulation of assigning/dispatching and travel tracking.
The drill planning documents as well as some materials needed for field communicators are posted at the county website: http://www.scc-ares-races.org/drills/drill_2017-08-19.html
If you would like to participate, this email is the “short form” of the instructions. You are welcome to read the entire detailed ICS 202 document that is posted on the website.
If your city wants you to do contact the city first for preliminary safety assessments, city Mike-Mike information reports, etc., please follow your city’s in-place instructions. If in doubt, contact your EC. Otherwise, please join us on the Resource Net when able. If you are from outside the county, then please pick one of our cities for Mike-Mike reports.
There is one change for this drill for resource net repeaters: the W6ASH 2m machine is not available for linking at this time. We will be linking W6ASH 440 MHz with AA6BT and N6NAC. Please see the voice frequency list on the county website for the frequencies. The County EOC Radio Room will provide Net Control for this drill and will open the Resource Net.
The first hour of the drill is divided into 3 (three) 20-minute phases: first, the initial drill earthquake followed by two simulated aftershocks. These will be announced by Net Control. For each phase, we would like you to read an observation then select a suitable Mike-Mike level for that observation. The table of observations is downloadable from the above drill web page. Select your letter as follows:
First phase: first letter of your FCC callsign suffix.
Second phase: last letter of your first name.
Third phase: first letter of your last name.
Then follow the observation for that letter. Reminder that the Mike-Mike scale used by SCCo ARES/RACES is documented at: http://www.scc-ares-races.org/MMScale.html . Due to priorities (triage) and message load, Net Control may not be able to “service” your M-M report. If a new phase is announced, please reset and select your next letter, next observation, and next M-M level for the new phase. Said differently: due to prioritization of responses, lower level M-M information reports may be skipped.
During the third phase of the drill, some cities may announce their activation and the Resource Net transitions to Level 2. We will follow Level 2 procedures by asking impacted hams to move their city net. Come on back to the Resource Net when released by your city. Again, follow Net Control instructions.
The fourth phase of the drill is from 15:00 to 16:00. Mike-Mike report collection stops. Net Control will be prioritizing three activities: 1) asking for communicators that are available for an assignment (this may be before we announce any simulated assignments), 2) assigning operators and dispatching operators for simulated Mutual Aid response to a location within the county, 3) tracking simulated travel and allowing for periodic health and welfare checks for those simulating travel. Again, follow Net Control’s instructions.
For indicating availability: for MACs also include your Types and Qualification levels. If you are not a MAC, then indicate “field communicator” and/or “net control” ability. If you are assigned and dispatched, please simulate traveling to the assigned location and try to give accurate health&welfare responses for location and odometer updates as if you were actually traveling to the destination. If you get to simulate arriving at the destination (time permitting) , please inform Net Control. Please do the homework assignment (see below). NOTE: for Mutual Aid Request resource assignments, the County will be prioritizing available MACs over other available communicators. This last hour will likely be quite busy. Please be patient and understanding that Net Control may be dealing with a heavy message load and due to prioritizing (triage) may not get to everyone.
The drill ends at 16:00 and the Resource Net will be closed. All participants are expected to have a received an awesome practice opportunity and learning experience.
Thank you for your consideration of participating in this drill as a field communicator.
Please have your Thomas Guide or other map resource available so that you can get an accurate route from your location to the street address, if you are assigned and dispatched. The street address will be real and may be anywhere in Santa Clara County.
If you are using a “smart phone” for your map resource (e.g. Google Maps), please prepare for this drill by updating your offline areas prior to the event. During the event, please put your phone in airplane mode and turn off WiFi. Practice for a real event dispatch as phones and Internet services may be out.
Please note that the original newsletter had an incorrect email address for Michael Taylor – the correct address is email@example.com
To all Saratoga CERT members:
We hope you are having a great summer…and are looking forward to digging back in this Fall into our reinvigorated CERT activities!
Our next Saratoga CERT Skills Building class will be on August 24th and will cover Triage / Medical Ops. It will be taught by our own Lori Stafford. Details can be found at http://saratogacert.org/event/skills-building-triage-medical-ops/ and we ask that you RSVP (so we can plan for handouts/supplies) at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saratoga-cert-skills-building-triage-medical-ops-tickets-36629923086 – we hope you will all come to keep your skills up to date.
On July 27th, we had our summer “Leadership” meeting – and the first thing we decided was to replace the future monthly “leadership” meetings this year with “general membership” meetings. We need ALL the CERT members to come and to stay involved. There are a lot of topics to discuss and work to do! Thanks to the following members who attended the 7/27 meeting: Jeff Walker, Michael Taylor, Brent Hailpern, Wendy Lynn, Ray Froess, Stephen Ng, Lori Stafford, Irene Change, Karen Burley, and Jessica Fullmer. You can see the full meeting minutes on our blog at http://saratogacert.org/2017/07/29/minutes-saratoga-cert-general-meeting-27-july-2017/
We have divided Saratoga into 5 formal divisions and an “at-large” group: Downtown, Saratoga High School, Cox Avenue, Quito North, and West Valley. You can see the map at http://saratogacert.org/map/ and our initial organization chart is at http://saratogacert.org/files/Cert-OrgChart-20170727.pdf. You should expect a phone call from one of our volunteer division organizers. They will be asking if you are still interested in participating in CERT and if your contact information is correct. Please answer when they call…and give them the information they request. Thank you.
We know that some of you have had difficulty getting your Saratoga Disaster Service Worker (DSW) cards. Michael Taylor has finally received almost all of the CERT Academy paperwork for the last few years, so the Saratoga city offices should be ready to issue cards. Cards are issued in the City Planning Department between 2:00 and 4:00 on every other Friday (when City Hall is open).
To get started, we encourage you to act ASAP during August and September to get a current card:
- If you have a current Saratoga DSW card, please tell your division organizer when they call OR email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, your contact info, and your DSW expiration date.
- If you have a Saratoga DSW card that has expired in the last 4 years, please contact Michael Taylor (email@example.com) and arrange for him to get your card renewed.
- If you do NOT have a Saratoga DSW, but you graduated a SCCFD CERT Academy within the last 4 years, please contact Michael Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) and arrange for him to get you a card
- If you have a Saratoga DSW card that has expired MORE than 4 years ago, or you do NOT have a Saratoga DSW after graduating more than 4 years ago, please contact Captain Denise Gluhan (email@example.com) before the end of September to arrange for her to interview you.
Some coming attractions:
On September 14th and 15th, Santa Clara County is having an emergency drill. Saratoga will open up its EOC and radio communications room (9/14 09:00 – 12:00). Michael Taylor will send an alert to all Saratoga CERT members via EVERBRIDGE. The alert will ask you to respond to the alert message, and also if you are free it will ask you to visit a defined rally point with your backpack to simply check-in / out (between the hours of 09:00 to 10:00). We ask that everyone respond to the alert…and we hope that many of you can come to the rally point for the quick check in. SARA ham members will get further information from Don Steinbach on the county drill.
The Santa Clara County Fire Department will hold a CERT Refresher Training Course on “Basic Search & Rescue Method” in Los Altos (http://saratogacert.org/event/cert-refresher-training-basic-search-rescue-method/) on August 28th and again on September 6th at the Saratoga Prospect Center (http://saratogacert.org/event/cert-refresher-training-basic-search-rescue-method-2/). Another great way to keep your skills current!
Our next general membership meeting will be on September 28th. Details will follow in the September newsletter.
SAVE THE DATE: Saratoga CERT will hold our annual drill on October 28th (8am-1pm) – details will follow in a future newsletter.
You can keep up to date at the Saratoga CERT web page (http://saratogacert.org) and at the Saratoga CERT Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/certsaratoga/). We are still using the CERT Yahoo! group to send notes and reminders (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/saratoga_cert/info).