Washington County Amateur Radio Emergency Services(ARES) exists for the purpose of providing backup emergency communications to many served agencies in Washington County, Oregon. Those served agencies include incorporated cities, special service districts (fire districts, utilities, schools, etc.), and hospitals. Other non governmental agencies may also be served upon request, as allowed by available staffing and training.
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Oregon ARES/RACES 2017 Spring SET
“The GMO Pineapple”
Please MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the Spring OR ARES/RACES Section Emergency Test
April 22nd, 2017 0900-1300
Scenario: Flooding necessitating shelter operations has occurred in Oregon. This SET simulates the third day of unusually intense precipitation driven by multiple atmospheric rivers causing massive flooding and mudslides statewide. Many roads and highways are closed, thousands have been displaced from homes and large parts of the region have been without power for 24 hours, although power is being restored on a priority basis.
Objectives: One of the goals of this drill is to emphasize ARES’s role in less-than-apocalyptic incidents. An equipped, trained, and responsive volunteer force is a valuable resource for any county emergency manager. Our AROs are more than walking radios, few regional EM agencies have the ability to coordinate and manage large amounts of message traffic, even without a regional communications systems outage. Our manpower and our training is what is truly valuable during an incident. We will seek to demonstrate ECC and Field Operations from shelter locations.
The drill guide will be forthcoming following state leadership review and is expected to be sent out in the first weeks of March.
Thank you for volunteering your time, skills, and equipment to help provide radio communications for The GMO Pineapple drill!
There was a failure with the battery in our 4G LTE modem. The battery has been replaced and the repeater gateway is now back online.
Lynn has cancelled the March Station Managers Meeting.
We are currently experiencing an internet outage on the N7QQU D-STAR repeater. This will affect all gateway functions and new user registrations.
Please feel free to contact Chris Arnesen, KU7PDX, with any questions regarding the N7QQU D-STAR repeater.
The January Washington County ARES meeting at the Peppermill Restuarant has been cancelled due to the weather and possible freezing rain.
There WILL be a ARES NET on 146.90 this evening at 19:00 hrs.
Please forward this to everyone.
The Meeting Presentation for tonight is below