Emergency Net Operations

Notification Phase

  1. Go to the Primary ACS/ARES Net Frequency of 145.170 MHz (-0.600 MHz repeater offset, transmit and receive using a P.L. tone of 156.7 Hz, wideband [5kHz])
  2. Call for ACS/ARES Command Personnel until one is reached and can assume ACS/ARES command.

ACS/ARES Net Operations

  1. Establish initial net operations on the 145.170 repeater, using the established net protocol guide.
  2. Have others advise the other repeaters of the emergency.
  3. Establish Resource Net frequency and net control for incoming volunteers in advance of possible shelter operations. See established frequencies and communications plan.
  4. Recruit someone to audio tape all nets.
  5. Mention the current time frequently.
  6. Establish a different repeater/frequency as a hot backup. Again, reference established frequencies and communications plan.
  7. All initial announcements are to be made on the primary ACS/ARES frequency, then all personnel will move to their assigned operational frequencies.
    • All unassigned personnel should be on the assigned Resource Net frequency and remain there until assigned and/or cleared by the Resource Net Control Operator.
    • Assigned personnel should then monitor their assigned net frequency.
    • All personnel should remain available unless excused by the NCS on their the Resource Net assigned frequency.

Mobilize As Required

ACS/ARES members should mobilize to assigned locations if warranted by the severity of events. The purpose of getting ACS/ARES members to these destinations, is to have ACS/ARES ready to perform when requested or needed.
They are to observe and report until requested for particular needs. An example of the need for ACS/ARES members requested to respond to an emergency scene would be the need to report damage assessment to Emergency Management and/or NWS.

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