Archive for January, 2010

Level 3 Activation: Winter Weather Event 1/29/2010 UPDATED 9:45am 1/30

The State EOC in Raleigh will activate on Saturday, January 30th to support operations related to the winter event.  The state, National Weather Service and local utility companies are expecting significant snowfall with a high potential for disruption of power.

ARES is currently in LEVEL 3/Minimal Deployment mode in support of the State EOC.  We are currently “deployed from home” and maintaining awareness via WebEOC for actual deployment where needed.

Those of you who have completed the required training will be able to deploy.  Others who have not yet become compliant may be able to fill a role as a liaison station (from home).

If you are available to work this event, please contact me or Tom Brown with your availability.  Our contact information is listed on the Leaders page.

At this time, Wake County EM is still planning their initial response. It is likely that the Wake EOC will be activated, and may or may not need Amateur Radio backup.

Please review our Activation Levels and take the necessary steps to secure your safety.

73,

Stephen Misel K4WEB

DEC Central Branch

Update: 1/29/10 @9:45am: Per NCEM briefing, State EOC will activate in the evening of January 30th, not January 29th as previously stated.

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Discussions With Raleigh Emergency Management

The following information was presented by Stephen Misel, K4WEB, on this evening’s Wake ARES Net:

I’d like to announce that Wake County ARES is in the process of bringing in a new served agency, the City of Raleigh Emergency Management.

We were contacted earlier this month by James Mercer, Director of Raleigh Emergency Management.  James recognizes the value ARES represents and expressed an interest in forming a relationship with us.

We are in the process of assembling a list of equipment to be installed in the Raleigh EOC.  Once this equipment is procured and installed, Raleigh Emergency Management will officially become Wake County ARES’ third served agency, joining North Carolina Emergency Management and Wake County Emergency Management.

When the necessary equipment is operational, we anticipate the ability to operate two dual band VHF/UHF radios and an HF radio with voice and various data capabilities.  This configuration is similar to the setup currently in use in our radio room at the State EOC.

Wake County ARES will participate in a small exercise on January 22nd with Raleigh EM.  We do not anticipate the need for additional volunteers, since the necessary equipment is not yet in place.

This is a very exciting time for our group.  If you’re not currently a member, now is a great time to join.  For information on joining, please visit www.wakeares.org.

If you are a member and have not yet completed the mandatory training, we can not deploy you to any served agency for disaster service or drills until this traning is complete and we have your certificates on file.  Please understand this  is a state requirement and we have no discretion in the matter.  The good news is the training courses are available for free online and all required training can be completed in a few hours.  For more information on NIMS training, please visit www.wakeares.org and click on the Training tab.

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