ARES Field Resources Manual, Carroll County

ARES net Tuesday/8:30 pm: 145.410-
K3PZN BBS: 145.030s

 The following information was put on the ARES Net and is placed here
 to allow Carroll County ARES members to keep their Field Resources
 Manual up-to-date.

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 Page 5	What to do First in Case of an Emergency

 1. Check that you and your family are safe and secure before you respond
    as an ARES volunteer.

 This is the first and foremost rule for any emergency responder.  You
 take care of yourself and your family before attempting to help

 This is also why during discussion, you may hear different estimates
 on how many ARES members would show up in the event of an actual
 emergency.  Should a disaster occur in our county, it is very likely
 that our own ARES personnel would also be affected and therefore not
 be able to respond to the initial call for assistance.

 2. Check that your property is safe and secure before you respond as
    an ARES volunteer.

 House, land, and vehicles all fall into this category.  Situations
 that your presence is required to handle and even minimize the impact
 of have to be attended to before responding to an emergency.  A
 situation such as questionable structural home integrity, pending
 flooding, or one vehicle left operational all point to additional
 personal disaster damage which should be attended to before

 3. Monitor  K3PZN 145.410 MHz (-) the CCARC ARES Resource Net frequency.

 All ARES responses begin here with the Resource Net.  From this net,
 individuals will be given instructions about required resources /
 equipment for their response, deployment instructions, and receive
 assignments to Tactical Frequencies.

 If, as a result of a disaster, the K3PZN repeater is not operating,
 the Resource Net will be initiated using 145.410 MHz (simplex).

 4. Follow the instructions you receive from the ARES officials in
    charge on the above frequency.

 Expect a lot of activity on the Resource Net during the early stages
 of a disaster response.  To assist and not contribute to possible
 traffic backlogs, attempt to do the following;

 Think out your responses to the Net Control Operators instructions an
 d try to keep your transmissions short.  Stay focused, provide the
 information requested in a factual manner and try to avoid wasted

 Use your best judgement, keep suggestions and recommendations to a
 minimum.  Realize that the Net Control Operator is also working in
 less then ideal conditions.  The best rule of thumb is to just follow
 directions and try to assist the NCS by minimizing the decisions they
 need to make.  If you think additional equipment or something
 important has been forgotten, handle the oversight yourself to assist
 the NCS.

 Under no circumstances should disagreements be held over a net.  The
 NCS is in charge and that is FINAL.  5.  Contact your local emergency
 coordinator, or his/her designee, for further instructions.

 All CCARC ARES members are authorized to initiate a net as required.

 In conjunction with activating a net, efforts to contact the county
 ARES EC and Ace's must begin.  If deemed necessary by the NCS, these
 same procedures should be started for the county RACES EC.

 In the event that none of the ARES or RACES leadership personnel can
 be located, The NCS will continue to supervise the required emergency
 activation and will manage resource allocation, customer interfaces
 and Net usage.

 It is also within an NCSA's authority to request assistance from the
 Section EC of other counties.  This assistance can be in the form of
 personnel or management assistance as determined by the NCS Operator. 

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