OEM ARESAndOregon Vital Connections
   A federally sponsored communications    interoperability exercise   Promote communications interoperability    betwee...
•   Goals From the Briefing Document:    •   Radio Communications        1. Reach back communications to home station (All...
UNCLASSIFIED                           OR VC 2012                    Exercise Goals Continued• Training     1. ICS 205 Ove...
   ARES participation was specifically requested    by Northern Command and Oregon Military    Department   This is a re...
Willamette Area only   Multnomah IC only
Coast guard Aviation and Mobile    Communications Unit
US Air Force had one Comm Unitsimilar to JISCC
   Army MARS (OMD JOC)   OEM ARES   Marion County ARES
   Three day exercise held in Salem on the    grounds of the old Fairview Hospital
•Three Incident Commands simulatingPortland, Salem, and Eugene under a UnifiedCommand•Full ICS Unified Command Structure•U...
Amateur Radio
   Team of 8 members of OEM ARES and 4    Members of Marion County ARES
   We were HIGHLY visible, in our ARRL Standard    ARES vests and jackets   Everywhere they looked, they saw us.
   Available from www.hamthreads.com    Meets all ARRL ARES standards    For MOU purposes – a state standard? All units...
   Three ARES stations – one in each IC area
   OEM Drop Boxes, including IC706, IC 2820, Winklink,    portable NVIS antennas with vhf/uhf antenna.
   Three County EOC’s sending and receiving traffic to and    from the exercise site -West Lane, Benton and Crook   OEM ...
   Sent/Received over 100 pieces of traffic in ICS    format, mostly via winlink   To and from OEM and the Counties   T...
   Sent ICS message to General Bush,    Commanding General in charge of OR VC via    winlink
Sent winlink traffic to Admiral in charge of Northern Command from one of theexercise coordinators
From: Mark Jensen <wa6mvt@yahoo.com>To: gruberfrankr@comcast.netSent: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:34:40 -0000 (UTC)Subject: Re: Vi...
   Singled out for praise at noon briefing –    Multnomah Area    “You amateurs are AMAZING. I    can’t say enough about ...
   Again, singled out for praise at all exercise end-    of-the-day briefing, in front of all participants.
   Thursday Morning test of communications    from site to FEMA Region 10 Headquarters in    Bothel, WA   ONLY amateur r...
   At the end of the exercise, we were asked to    make a 10 minute presentation about our    capabilities, educating all...
   The OEM Drop Boxes worked very well   Need our own generators (we now have    them)   Need more VHF antennas (we now...
   Need to modify equipment in drop boxes for MARS capability.   Need to refine HF antenna install procedures   Need Pa...
   A consistent, professional, uniform    appearance is important when working with    agencies that are uniform oriented...
   We were highly visible   We proved ourselves to be highly capable   We showed ourselves to be highly flexible
   We were very well received by all other    agencies, especially at the end of the    exercise.   Amateur in name only...
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  1. 1. OEM ARESAndOregon Vital Connections
  2. 2.  A federally sponsored communications interoperability exercise Promote communications interoperability between Local, Tribal, State, Federal, & DOD emergency responders Simulated a NIMS response (local, state, federal) to a large scale event Full ICS structure
  3. 3. • Goals From the Briefing Document: • Radio Communications 1. Reach back communications to home station (All Agencies) 2. Perform daily communications with Communication Coordination Team 3. Exercise, test, and evaluate the ability to utilize HF, VHF (LO- High), UHF, 800, Trunked communications. 4. Exercise MARS, RACES, ARES networks 5. Radio Bridge and Patches a. Exercise, Test, Evaluate the ability to patch across multiband frequencies (agency to agency) b. Troubleshoot interference or cross-connection problems c. Test and Validate ACU 1000 to ACU 1000 ROIP
  4. 4. UNCLASSIFIED OR VC 2012 Exercise Goals Continued• Training 1. ICS 205 Overview (COML identification, responsibilities) 2. DOD/JISCC/Mobile Comm/State and Local Comm Capabilities• ICS 1. Establish/Create Incident Action Plan 2. Identify COML, complete ICS 205, 205a 3. Adjust ICS 205 to integrate additional resources 4. Develop ICS 205 addendum to depict Change in Event 5. Identify Participant Agency personnel, complete ICS 204• Information Sharing 1. Test and evaluate capability to connect to Common Information Sharing Site (HSIN, DCO, JABBER, USNORTHCOM OPS PORTAL) 2. DOD/NG/Local forces to connect to OR State Common Information Site (CIS) 3. ORNG shares operational info with subordinates, adjacent, and higher command 4. Evaluate data flow through channels 5. Send email via WINLINK HF 22 August 2012 5
  5. 5.  ARES participation was specifically requested by Northern Command and Oregon Military Department This is a recognition of our proven role in EMCOMM in Oregon
  6. 6. Willamette Area only Multnomah IC only
  7. 7. Coast guard Aviation and Mobile Communications Unit
  8. 8. US Air Force had one Comm Unitsimilar to JISCC
  9. 9.  Army MARS (OMD JOC) OEM ARES Marion County ARES
  10. 10.  Three day exercise held in Salem on the grounds of the old Fairview Hospital
  11. 11. •Three Incident Commands simulatingPortland, Salem, and Eugene under a UnifiedCommand•Full ICS Unified Command Structure•Unified Command Briefings daily•IC briefings Daily
  12. 12. Amateur Radio
  13. 13.  Team of 8 members of OEM ARES and 4 Members of Marion County ARES
  14. 14.  We were HIGHLY visible, in our ARRL Standard ARES vests and jackets Everywhere they looked, they saw us.
  15. 15.  Available from www.hamthreads.com  Meets all ARRL ARES standards  For MOU purposes – a state standard? All units with the same look? Western Oregon – Charles River 9732 (not shown onStandard Vest listed on Website website. Colder climates - use jacket shown on website
  16. 16.  Three ARES stations – one in each IC area
  17. 17.  OEM Drop Boxes, including IC706, IC 2820, Winklink, portable NVIS antennas with vhf/uhf antenna.
  18. 18.  Three County EOC’s sending and receiving traffic to and from the exercise site -West Lane, Benton and Crook OEM Comm Center manned and sending traffic to and from exercise site.
  19. 19.  Sent/Received over 100 pieces of traffic in ICS format, mostly via winlink To and from OEM and the Counties To our knowledge, no one else did anything like this, even with all their fancy equipment.
  20. 20.  Sent ICS message to General Bush, Commanding General in charge of OR VC via winlink
  21. 21. Sent winlink traffic to Admiral in charge of Northern Command from one of theexercise coordinators
  22. 22. From: Mark Jensen <wa6mvt@yahoo.com>To: gruberfrankr@comcast.netSent: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:34:40 -0000 (UTC)Subject: Re: Vital Connections"Frank,Thanks so much for the note. It was great to get to know you out in the fields ofhonor of Oregon.The WINLINK Message your ARES mates sent to our Admiral was well receivedby him. He made special mention of it during our morning brief today.All the best & 73/Mark
  23. 23.  Singled out for praise at noon briefing – Multnomah Area “You amateurs are AMAZING. I can’t say enough about what you can do. [to the others in attendance] “If you don’t know what these guys can do, make sure and visit them. You can’t miss them” [a reference to our highly visible garb]
  24. 24.  Again, singled out for praise at all exercise end- of-the-day briefing, in front of all participants.
  25. 25.  Thursday Morning test of communications from site to FEMA Region 10 Headquarters in Bothel, WA ONLY amateur radio was able to communicate with them (via MARS freqs) None of the many other units could be heard. We relayed for them.
  26. 26.  At the end of the exercise, we were asked to make a 10 minute presentation about our capabilities, educating all other participating agencies.
  27. 27.  The OEM Drop Boxes worked very well Need our own generators (we now have them) Need more VHF antennas (we now have them)
  28. 28.  Need to modify equipment in drop boxes for MARS capability. Need to refine HF antenna install procedures Need Part 90 certified equipment capable of NIFOG interop frequencies (e.g. Wouxun UV-6 or UV-3)
  29. 29.  A consistent, professional, uniform appearance is important when working with agencies that are uniform oriented, especially in any NIMS response. Our whole unit now has ARRL standard ARES vests and hats, and many have jackets
  30. 30.  We were highly visible We proved ourselves to be highly capable We showed ourselves to be highly flexible
  31. 31.  We were very well received by all other agencies, especially at the end of the exercise. Amateur in name only – professional in all other aspects. A real PR success for ARES both on a local and national basis.
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