Contra Costa County ARES
San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District
2009 National Conference on Community Preparedness
Emer...
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Danielle Bell –KI6FYR
Emergency Coordinator
San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District
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Today’s Talking Points
• Who the San Ramon Valley is and were headed
• Why our beliefs have...
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155 Square Miles
Population: 160,000+
60 First Responders on duty at any given time
(Fire a...
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CERT & The San Ramon Valley
 San Ramon Valley Emergency Preparedness Citizen
Corps Council...
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Roles within the Citizen Corps Council
 Town or City
 San Ramon Valley Fire Protection Di...
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Options and Opportunities
• When the concept of CERT and the Citizen Corps Council
was brou...
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The CERT Program would adhere to the
following principles:
1. NIM’s and SEM’s Compliant ICS...
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CERT Divisions
Fire Station / CERT Divisions
CERT Divisions are
based on Fire Station
bound...
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CERT
Coordinator
CERT
Plans
CERT
Operations
CERT
Logistics
CERT
Admin
NIMS / SEMS Compliant...
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CERT
Coordinator
CERT
Plans
CERT
Operations
CERT
Division 3X
CERT
Division 32
CERT
Divis...
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CERT is Integrated into the San Ramon
Valleys Incident Command System
and is a “PEER” to...
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Unified
Command
EOC
Planning Operations
Law
Enforcement
CERT Fire / EMS
Logistics
Financ...
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Unified
Command
EOC
Operations
Law
Enforcement
Dispatch
CERT Fire / EMS
Dispatch
No
Comm...
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 ARRL - The Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the
national membership association fo...
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City
Region
District
Section
Section
Emergency
Coordinator
District
Emergency
Coordinato...
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Individuals
Regional
County County Net
South
County Net
KI6FYR AI6AT
Central
County Net
...
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OES
EOC
CERT Divisions
CERT Field Teams
FRS Neighborhood Nets
An Integrated Net is an Ef...
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Field Day 2007
Neighborhoods
CERT IC Post
CERT Field TeamsAmateur Radio Operator
An expe...
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Neighborhoods
CERT IC Post
CERT Field Teams
Regional EOC
County OES
Amateur Radio Operat...
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Neighborhoods /
CERT Teams
CERT Division
(ARES)
EOC
(ARES)
County OES
(ARES / RACES)
Cou...
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155 Square Miles
Population: 160,000
60 First Responders on duty at any given time (Fire...
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CERT / SET 2008
Scenario: September 20th, 05:47 AM Pacific Daylight Time, a magnitude 7....
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CERT / SET 2008
Goal: Establish 7 CERT Incident Command Posts with integrated ARES EmCom...
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CERT / SET 2008
Secondary Goal: Establish San Ramon and Danville Emergency Operations Ce...
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CERT / SET 2008
Alamo, California
21Square Miles
Population: 16,000
6 First Responders o...
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CERT / SET 2008
Stone Valley CERT Incident Command Post
To be established within 1 - 3 h...
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CERT / SET 2008
CERT Members
Gather Damage Assessment Intelligence on the way to the CER...
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CERT / SET 2008
FRS Emergency Net
Trained to gather and report damage and injuries in th...
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CERT / SET 2008
A Picture begins to develop as to where response efforts are most
needed.
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CERT / SET 2008
CERT Resources are deployed to where they are needed most
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As EmComm traffic flows from the CERT Incident Command Post’s to the EOC, the
EOC is abl...
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EmComm traffic flows from the Regional ARES Nets into the County OES, allowing
the OES t...
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Key Learning Points from CERT / SET 2008:
 ARES establishes necessary links for gatheri...
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How to Integrate ARES
CERT ARES
NIMS
Unified Command
The Key to ARES CERT
Integration is...
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Step 1 to ARES Integration
Establish NIMS compliant
Incident Command System
within your ...
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Step 2 to ARES Integration
 Sets forth the detailed operational plans and
policies to b...
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Step 3 to ARES Integration
Train Together
Train Together
And Train Together Some More
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Emergency Communications: Integrating ARES into CERT

  1. 1. Contra Costa County ARES San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District 2009 National Conference on Community Preparedness Emergency Communications Integrating ARES into CERT
  2. 2. Visual 1.1Visual 1.1Visual 1.1 Danielle Bell –KI6FYR Emergency Coordinator San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District dbell@srvfire.ca.gov Herbert Cole – AI6AT Section Emergency Coordinator ARRL East Bay Section Lead Instructor – CERT San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District ai6at@arrl.net This presentation is available online at: http://citizencorps.gov/downloads/pdf/news/nccp/CERT_Cole.pdf Presented By
  3. 3. Visual 1.2Visual 1.2Visual 1.2 Today’s Talking Points • Who the San Ramon Valley is and were headed • Why our beliefs have produced results • What ARES is and how it works with the SRV Council • Describe existing ARES/RACES Network • Field Day 2008 Proof of Concept & SET Exercise • How it all comes together and works beautifully
  4. 4. Visual 1.3Visual 1.3Visual 1.3 155 Square Miles Population: 160,000+ 60 First Responders on duty at any given time (Fire and Law Enforcement) 700+ CERT Members 30 ARES Members San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District
  5. 5. Visual 1.4Visual 1.4Visual 1.4 CERT & The San Ramon Valley  San Ramon Valley Emergency Preparedness Citizen Corps Council formed in 2006.  It brought together the Town and City leaders for the first time at the same table.  The Council originally formed for CERT, but decided it was a great way to prepare the community as a whole to be prepared for any disaster
  6. 6. Visual 1.5Visual 1.5Visual 1.5 Roles within the Citizen Corps Council  Town or City  San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District  SRVFPD CERT coordinator  San Ramon/Danville Police Department and CCC Sheriff’s Office  San Ramon Unified School District  Red Cross  OES CERT Coordinator  Contra Costa Sheriff Search & Rescue  Hospitals  Salvation Army  Faith Based Groups  FRS / Ham Communications
  7. 7. Visual 1.6Visual 1.6Visual 1.6 Options and Opportunities • When the concept of CERT and the Citizen Corps Council was brought to the table in 2006 it seemed to be an overwhelming task. Our District wanted EVERYONE at the table. • This is when we realized we can only think there are OPTIONS & OPPORTUNTIES for Preparedness in the San Ramon Valley. • We had to plug into the current adherence to ICS and SEMS to insure effective and coordinated response.
  8. 8. Visual 1.7Visual 1.7Visual 1.7 The CERT Program would adhere to the following principles: 1. NIM’s and SEM’s Compliant ICS Structure 2. Would be fully integrated into the District’s “Official” disaster response. 3. Owned at the “Neighborhood” level. You Embrace What You Build Creating a Foundation
  9. 9. Visual 1.8Visual 1.8Visual 1.8 CERT Divisions Fire Station / CERT Divisions CERT Divisions are based on Fire Station boundaries of responsibility. Each CERT Division Functions as a stand alone NIM’s Compliant Incident Command Post.
  10. 10. Visual 1.9Visual 1.9Visual 1.9 CERT Coordinator CERT Plans CERT Operations CERT Logistics CERT Admin NIMS / SEMS Compliant Incident Command System CERT Organizational Structure
  11. 11. Visual 1.10Visual 1.10Visual 1.10 CERT Coordinator CERT Plans CERT Operations CERT Division 3X CERT Division 32 CERT Division 32 Planning Staging CERT Division 32 Operations SAR Medical Fire / Utility CERT Division 32 Logistics EmComm Equipment Medical CERT Division 3X CERT Logistics CERT Admin CERT Organizational Structure
  12. 12. Visual 1.11Visual 1.11Visual 1.11 CERT is Integrated into the San Ramon Valleys Incident Command System and is a “PEER” to Law Enforcement and Fire/EMS. A Unique Approach
  13. 13. Visual 1.12Visual 1.12Visual 1.12 Unified Command EOC Planning Operations Law Enforcement CERT Fire / EMS Logistics Finance / Admin CERT steps into the Unified Command
  14. 14. Visual 1.13Visual 1.13Visual 1.13 Unified Command EOC Operations Law Enforcement Dispatch CERT Fire / EMS Dispatch No Communications Capability But CERT has a Problem…
  15. 15. Visual 1.14Visual 1.14Visual 1.14  ARRL - The Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national membership association for Amateur Radio Operators in the United States. ARRL represents approximately 156,000 members. ARRL is also International Secretariat for the International Amateur Radio Union, which is made up of similar societies in 150 countries around the world.  ARES - The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is an ARRL sponsored program and consists of licensed Amateur, a.k.a Ham Radio Operators who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. ARES has signed a Statement of Affiliation with the Department of Homeland Security and is now a recognized affiliate of Citizen Corps. ARES to the Rescue
  16. 16. Visual 1.15Visual 1.15Visual 1.15 City Region District Section Section Emergency Coordinator District Emergency Coordinator Emergency Coordinator Assistant Emergency Coordinator Assistant Emergency Coordinator Emergency Coordinator Assistant Emergency Coordinator ARES Organization
  17. 17. Visual 1.16Visual 1.16Visual 1.16 Individuals Regional County County Net South County Net KI6FYR AI6AT Central County Net KI6BED East County Net West County Net Existing ARES Net Infrastructure
  18. 18. Visual 1.17Visual 1.17Visual 1.17 OES EOC CERT Divisions CERT Field Teams FRS Neighborhood Nets An Integrated Net is an Efficient Net  Bottom Up Information Flow  “Dynamic” EmComm Nets • Neighborhood FRS/GMRS Net • CERT Division Net • Integrated ARES Station • Regional EOC Net • Integrated ARES Station • County OES • Integrated ARES / RACES Stations Designing an Integrated EmComm Solution
  19. 19. Visual 1.18Visual 1.18Visual 1.18 Field Day 2007 Neighborhoods CERT IC Post CERT Field TeamsAmateur Radio Operator An experiment in bringing two established and diverse cultures together in a cooperative environment to affect a common goal.
  20. 20. Visual 1.19Visual 1.19Visual 1.19 Neighborhoods CERT IC Post CERT Field Teams Regional EOC County OES Amateur Radio Operator The Integrated ARES Concept
  21. 21. Visual 1.20Visual 1.20Visual 1.20 Neighborhoods / CERT Teams CERT Division (ARES) EOC (ARES) County OES (ARES / RACES) County Net South County Net Division 3X KI6FYR FRS Division 32 AI6AT The ARES Network
  22. 22. Visual 1.21Visual 1.21Visual 1.21 155 Square Miles Population: 160,000 60 First Responders on duty at any given time (Fire and Law Enforcement) 700+ CERT Members 30 ARES Members CERT / SET 2008 San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District
  23. 23. Visual 1.22Visual 1.22Visual 1.22 CERT / SET 2008 Scenario: September 20th, 05:47 AM Pacific Daylight Time, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake shook the San Ramon Valley and San Francisco Bay regions. The epicenter was located in Alamo , CA and the earthquake was felt over most of central California and in part of western Nevada . Communities sustaining heavy damage near the epicenter include San Ramon Valley , Walnut Creek , Concord. NO UTILITIES
  24. 24. Visual 1.23Visual 1.23Visual 1.23 CERT / SET 2008 Goal: Establish 7 CERT Incident Command Posts with integrated ARES EmComm Stations, begin disaster response operations, and report back to San Ramon Emergency Operations Center.
  25. 25. Visual 1.24Visual 1.24Visual 1.24 CERT / SET 2008 Secondary Goal: Establish San Ramon and Danville Emergency Operations Center and establish amateur radio communications with Contra Costa County Office of Emergency Services.
  26. 26. Visual 1.25Visual 1.25Visual 1.25 CERT / SET 2008 Alamo, California 21Square Miles Population: 16,000 6 First Responders on duty at any given time 15 CERT Members 7 ARES Members
  27. 27. Visual 1.26Visual 1.26Visual 1.26 CERT / SET 2008 Stone Valley CERT Incident Command Post To be established within 1 - 3 hours of the initial event.
  28. 28. Visual 1.27Visual 1.27Visual 1.27 CERT / SET 2008 CERT Members Gather Damage Assessment Intelligence on the way to the CERT Incident Command Post. Windshield Survey
  29. 29. Visual 1.28Visual 1.28Visual 1.28 CERT / SET 2008 FRS Emergency Net Trained to gather and report damage and injuries in their immediate and surrounding neighborhoods.
  30. 30. Visual 1.29Visual 1.29Visual 1.29 CERT / SET 2008 A Picture begins to develop as to where response efforts are most needed.
  31. 31. Visual 1.30Visual 1.30Visual 1.30 CERT / SET 2008 CERT Resources are deployed to where they are needed most
  32. 32. Visual 1.31Visual 1.31Visual 1.31 As EmComm traffic flows from the CERT Incident Command Post’s to the EOC, the EOC is able to develop an overall picture of the current response efforts. This provides the EOC with important tactical information necessary for planning response strategies in upcoming operational periods. CERT / SET 2008
  33. 33. Visual 1.32Visual 1.32Visual 1.32 EmComm traffic flows from the Regional ARES Nets into the County OES, allowing the OES to develop an overall picture of the current damage and response efforts. CERT / SET 2008
  34. 34. Visual 1.33Visual 1.33Visual 1.33 Key Learning Points from CERT / SET 2008:  ARES establishes necessary links for gathering and sharing information  ARES allows for development of a focused strategic response Terrain has serious implications for ARES operations  ARES enhances the effectiveness of small tactical units by focusing energies on critical response needs  Amateur Radio is the ONLY failsafe means of Emergency Communications CERT / SET 2008
  35. 35. Visual 1.34Visual 1.34Visual 1.34 How to Integrate ARES CERT ARES NIMS Unified Command The Key to ARES CERT Integration is a 3 Step Process. We build the puzzle one piece at a time.
  36. 36. Visual 1.35Visual 1.35Visual 1.35 Step 1 to ARES Integration Establish NIMS compliant Incident Command System within your CERT CERT Coordinator CERT Plans CERT Operations CERT Division 3X CERT Division 32 CERT Division 32 Planning Staging CERT Division 32 Operations SAR Medical Fire / Utility CERT Division 32 Logistics EmComm Equipment Medical CERT Division 3X CERT Logistics CERT Admin
  37. 37. Visual 1.36Visual 1.36Visual 1.36 Step 2 to ARES Integration  Sets forth the detailed operational plans and policies to be subscribed to by both parties during drills, and actual events.  Ensures that both parties to the local agreement have a realistic assessment of the resources brought to the table by the ARRL, and the needs of the Citizen Corps Council. Establish a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  38. 38. Visual 1.37Visual 1.37Visual 1.37 Step 3 to ARES Integration Train Together Train Together And Train Together Some More
  39. 39. Visual 1.38Visual 1.38Visual 1.38 Questions

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