Or vc presentation for ares leadership final version
OEM ARESAndOregon Vital Connections
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
• 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
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
ARES participation was specifically requested by Northern Command and Oregon Military Department This is a recognition of our proven role in EMCOMM in Oregon
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 with the same look? Western Oregon – Charles River 9732 (not shown onStandard Vest listed on Website website. Colder climates - use jacket shown on website
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 Comm Center manned and sending traffic to and from exercise site.
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.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>To: email@example.comSent: 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
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]
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 radio was able to communicate with them (via MARS freqs) None of the many other units could be heard. We relayed for them.
At the end of the exercise, we were asked to make a 10 minute presentation about our capabilities, educating all other participating agencies.
The OEM Drop Boxes worked very well Need our own generators (we now have them) Need more VHF antennas (we now have them)
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)
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
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 – professional in all other aspects. A real PR success for ARES both on a local and national basis.