Presentation on theme: "Medical Reserve Corps MRC Units and Ham Radio. During Times of Crisis Communications Becomes a Dilemma. Many Departments, Agencies All Vying for Time."— Presentation transcript:
During Times of Crisis Communications Becomes a Dilemma. Many Departments, Agencies All Vying for Time on Frequencies.
During an MRC activation, our units will also be vying for the same communication channels and Frequencies that are allocated to emergency service organizations.
MRC COMMUNICATIONS MULTIPULE MRC SITES Local Stock pile site Hospitals Transportation vehicle(s) from local SNS site’s Emergency operation center Emergency Services (EMS) units On and off site security forces (police agencies)
Common Predicament Single dispatch center for county. Two dispatch operators on duty only during peak hours. Answer both 911 and non emergency calls. 12 volunteer fire departments. Sheriff's deputies 5 local small police departments All sharing a single frequency.
Common Predicament Normal channels of communications will be overwhelmed. Not enough radios and cell phones to go around. Cell towers/systems will become overwhelmed and unstable. Total normal communication failure if event is wide spread.
Role of Ham’s Provide vital communications for emergency operations. Pass on non emergency information between units. Capable of sending still pictures over the radio air waves. Able to send real time Television Pictures over the air waves back to EOC, using cable channels 57 through 61.
Role of Hams Each MRC/CERT team should develop a minimum number of operators each unit will need available at all times. Train MRC/CERT team members to become licensed operators. Vital part of emergency operation centers.
MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS Advantages of hams Communication can be established easily and quickly at multiple sites. Frees normal emergency communication systems. Needs no fixed power supply. Mobile/ Portable Inexpensive to purchase by volunteers Compared to Emergency Service Radios Not hampered by frequency limitations.
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) Provides communications assistance to civil defense organizations in time of need. Must be registered with civil defense organizations Active ONLY during periods of Local, Regional, or National civil emergencies. Races members CANNOT communicate with other amateurs when activated.
Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) Presents a way for local amateur operators to provide emergency communications while working with emergency response groups American Red Cross Local emergency operation centers Sponsored by the ARRL (American radio relay league).
Ham Radio Operator Testing Tech license – 35 word multiple choice written test. NO Morse code required at entry level. Tech license/+- 35 word multiple choice written test with 5 word minute Morse code test These are the minimum levels required to begin in ham operations. NO age limits on who can become a ham.
Licensed Hams USA As of March 15, 2005 Novice - 29,098 Tech/+ - 318,387 General - 137,334 Advanced - 77,035 Extra - 106,238 Total All Classes - 668,163
CONTACT INFORMATION CLINT WAGSTAFF KE5DLX Fannin County Texas Emergency Management Coordinator/MRC Director 210 S. MAIN STREET BONHAM, TEXAS 75418 OFFICE 903-640-8484 EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org