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Every Monday night, the Arizona Emergency Net – Maricopa meets on 2 meters FM for training and exercise in the public service communication arts. We focus on preparation and readiness for public service – be it scheduled events like bike races or drills, or emergencies such as storm damage or terrorist attacks. Someone has to be ready. This net is dedicated to addressing that challenge. The Arizona Emergency Net – Maricopa also activates during threats or emergencies affecting Maricopa County

7-12-2010 - Role of EOCs - WB4ZKA

21-08-2010

The topic was "ROLE OF EOC'S". Stations that either "lit up" or discussed from home their Emergency Operations Centers (EOC's) --

•Glendale
•Banner Estrella Hospital
•Chandler -- brand new EOC!
•St Joe's Hospital
•Tempe
•Maricopa County
•Goodyear
•Gilbert CERT
•Phoenix CERT / Fire Dept EOC
•the AZ Dept of Transportation and Traffic Operations Center
•the Chandler Regional Medical Center Incident Command Center
•Arizona VOAD -- Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters
•a Tucson Skywarn and Home Unit representative, even!
•Dept of Public Safety EOC and ham club, K7DPS
Many thanks to the dedicated EOC and Command Center hams who prepared their comments and those who left home to light up those stations. Not to mention all the dedicated work to install and maintain equipment, recruit and train volunteers, and navigate the political hurdles.

This was an historic night, the first time the net had some success linking the net to a station south of Tucson! Signals on 75m SSB were poor. We're looking for ways to improve performance next time. The Chandler EOC discovered that their HF antenna had not been installed, contrary to reports. That's worth the price of admission.

Twenty (20) non-EOC stations participated, of which one served as Alternate Net Control.

The EOC's demonstrated their frequency agility by moving to an alternate repeater for brief operations and then returning to the net frequency. It's not trivial to remember how to program a radio that you see infrequently.

Stations described each EOC's mission, its functions, and the role of Amateur Radio in the EOC. Some net participants expressed interest in getting involved with an EOC. E-mail addresses were exchanged.

In the event of a disaster, the net repeaters on Mt Ord & Shaw Butte are an initial staging and logistics frequency for EOC's to meet willing hams. In Maricopa County, ham response begins on the Arizona Emergency Net - Maricopa net frequencies. Expect to find leadership and direction there

Thanks to our Alternate Net Control op -- Dennis (N7NTM).

The net was recorded. Go to www.AEN-MAR.org for the full archive set of this and previous net topics.

Next Week's Topic: "EOC ACTIVATION". Why and how do EOC's activate? Who gets called into the activation? What effect do active EOC's have on AEN-MAR?

Rich, KB7YEB, will be our Net Control. Nick, N4TLO, volunteered to serve as Alternate Net Control.


-- Mike

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