There will be a large mock disaster event April 20, in Orem, and [I'm] (KE7NRV) looking for amateur radio volunteers to assist with radio communications.
This is a great opportunity to practice working with other volunteer and professional response organizations, and improve your radio and response skills. Orem City EMS, Orem and Eagle Mountain CERTs will be involved, along with 2 hospitals, emergency responders, Special Response Team (with decontamination station), Red Cross, Southern Baptists, Sheriff’s Department, MRC, Ut Co. Health Dept., even a UTA bus or 2.
The exercise will be Monday, April 20 from 10 to 4 at Timpanogos Hospital in Orem (800 N, 800W, Orem).
We are looking for at least 12 radio operators, hopefully more. (The event will run from 11-3, and we need radio operators to be there 1 hr before for setup & assignments, and one hour after for post-mortem. So plan on 10a-4p.)
We especially need those who have completed ICS 100 on the Incident Command System: (you can take these online)
http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp – all on this page are useful, esp:
(we’d like everyone to complete those 2 before the event, each one takes approx. 3 hrs.)
You will need a 2 meter HT radio, good antenna (wire whip, etc – something better than a rubber duck “dummy load” if possible) primary and backup battery, notepad and pen, small flashlight, radio manual/programming quickref, GMRS/FRS radio if you have one, and whatever else you want to bring (goggles/sunglasses, hat, warm clothes, sunblock, etc.). Email me if any questions.
This should be a very educational experience and a great way to improve your skills in assisting these other organizations in time of need. We know this is during the day, but emergencies don’t only happen at nights and weekends… if you can make it, it should be very worthwhile.
I will send out more info as we get closer to the date, to those who have volunteered.
Please RSVP asap, so I can make assignments and ID badges. Email Cory firstname.lastname@example.org, and include if you have taken the 2 ICS courses above, radio type, and phone number.
Thanks for all those who can help.
Cory, KE7NRV (NCS)