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2015 Mass Casualty Drill
Status: Completed – Thursday March 26
2015 Mass Casualty Drill:
Thursday March 26th from 0800 to 1200
This year there are two differences from previous years.
First the real world way the exercise is run is different which makes less need for amateur radio and second the scenario is in a distant location so we have no local damage. Again, less need for amateur radio. Both mean that the need for operators is less than in the past.
The operational difference is that instead of high school students the victims will be college level medical students. We no longer have the primary responsibility of keep track of kids. They are considered adults and are responsible for themselves. Instead of leaving from one school they will board busses at six or seven locations. Only the fact of a bus leaving for a hospital will be sent from those locations, no student counts.
The Scenario is an earthquake on the Madras Fault in Missouri. We would be getting patients from the damaged hospitals. In this scenario there is no local infrastructure damage, all communications, transportation and other facilities are operating normally. We will be doing bed counts at each of the hospitals so if you are a hospital comm guy then you probably already know what is going on.
So what is the bottom line? First, like any other event, check in on the 147.105 repeater. I know most of you are working and cannot take time off for an exercise. No problem, but walk outside with your HT and check in. Just tell net control you are just checking in but are not available for assignment. But, if you are available on Thursday let the net control know, we may have somewhere for you to go. The exercise will start at 0900 but the net will be on the air for check-in about 0800.
We are always looking for new volunteers – Come Join Us !
The Hillsborough County ARES/ RACES volunteers come from every corner of the county and every walk of life. Some are new in Amateur Radio, others have been around for a long time. Many volunteers are members of the various local Amateur Radio clubs but some aren’t.Read More…… →
WHAT WE DO
Hillsborough County ARES/RACES is located in the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and supports the EOC as part of the ESF #2 team ( Communications ) as an auxiliary / back-up means of communications in times of emergencies or disasters. Additionally we support the City of Tampa’s EOC, law enforcement, fire rescue, utilities, hospitals, the Red Cross, shelters and more.
In non-emergency times you may find us providing communications support for parades, walk-a-thons and other community events.
Emergency communications has been a part of Amateur Radio all the way back to it’s beginnings. HAMS (as we are often called) are frequently the first means of communication into and out-of a disaster area, as we were in Haiti.
The ARES/RACES program provides training and leaders to plan, promote, facilitate and interface with both the amateur radio community and emergency service professionals to ensure a level of readiness that will allow the ARES/RACES program to be ready, trained and effective in times of emergency.
The Hillsborough County ARES/RACES program relies heavily on our local clubs and other local amateur radio operators to provide the equipment and volunteers that allow us to make a difference in times of need.
Please consider joining us – YOU can make a difference !!
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