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Update: Red Cross Disaster Drill Saturday 3/1/14

AMARILLO, TEXAS — The Panhandle is home to some of the nation’s fiercest weather and the Amarillo Chapter of the American Red Cross will be conducting a tornado disaster drill this Saturday.

The Texas Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross, along with over 20 other Texas Red Cross chapters, will take part in the statewide simulated disaster response test. The group participated in a similar drill in 2011 along with limited PARC ARES assistance.

More than 600 disaster assessment volunteers will participate in the scenario. Those volunteers will handle mock conditions after reports of dangerous storms.

Other American Red Cross chapters participating are in Beaumont, Austin, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, Victoria, Dallas, Pampa, El Paso, Houston, Waco, Kerrville, Wichita Falls, Orange, Brownwood, Bay City, San Antonio, Tyler, Harlingen, Midland, Denison and Texarkana.

The Panhandle Amateur Radio Club (PARC) Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Group will be assisting with this drill.

The PARC ARES group is proud to be able to assist the Amarillo Red Cross in this drill. Additionally, we look forward to assisting the chapter in selecting and assembling their own radio equipment, and we are eager to assist with training Red Cross volunteers to become new ham radio operators as well.

Please contact Chris Seright, KE5ZRT, to volunteer to assist with this drill. 806-231-4227, KE5ZRT@Gmail.com

We will operate locally on the PARC W5WX UHF repeater, and report at the end of the day to Red Cross HQ in Dallas on 40M SSB phone depending on operating conditions.

Updated 2/25/2014

Here is the general schedule for the drill. For those that have volunteered, I am super grateful! We will utilize the PARC UHF repeater 444.475/449.575 PL 88.5 for local communications.

Day of the Exercise

0800–The Exercise Controller, support volunteers, DA Supervisor, HAM supervisory workers report to the Amarillo office at 1800 S Harrison St. The Controller and support volunteers prepare exercise materials and place signs in the neighborhood. The DA Supervisor prepares street sheets, maps, and other applicable information for the DA Teams. HAM supervisory workers will set up any necessary equipment.

0900–The DA Teams and radio operators arrive and receive their briefing and materials. They depart to begin their assessments.

1200–Teams return to the headquarters for a brief AAR and lunch.

1400–DA Supervisors submit the final 5233 form to the Disaster Program Manager and information is transmitted to HQ via HF relay


ARRL, Red Cross Sign Memorandum of Understanding

On Thursday, March 25, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the American Red Cross (ARC) at ARC National Headquarters in Washington, DC. The MoU, which replaces an earlier Statement of Understanding that expired in 2007, provides a “broad framework for cooperation” between the ARRL and the ARC “in preparing for and responding to disaster relief situations at all levels in rendering assistance and service to victims of disaster, as well as other services for which cooperation may be mutually beneficial.”

The ARRL Board of Directors approved the signing of the MoU at its January 2010 meeting following the completion of negotiations. The Red Cross requires the completion of a criminal background check to participate in Red Cross activities and provides a process by which a volunteer may have a criminal background check performed at no cost to the volunteer. In the case of ARRL volunteers, the Red Cross has agreed to accept an alternative process: ARRL volunteers may arrange, at their own initiative and expense, to have the criminal background check performed by a state or local law enforcement agency.

The Red Cross also has agreed that ARRL volunteers shall not be asked or required to consent to credit checks, mode of living investigations or investigative consumer reports in order to provide a communications function.

The ARRL and the Red Cross encourage interested volunteers in their respective organizations to become members and to participate in the activities of the other organization. ARRL volunteers should be aware that if they wish to become Red Cross volunteers, they may be required to consent to additional background checks in accordance with Red Cross policy that may include credit checks, mode of living investigations or investigative consumer reports.

Per the MoU, “both ARRL volunteers and ARC workers will work cooperatively at the scene of a disaster and in the disaster recovery, within the scope of their respective roles and duties as recommended.” During a Red Cross Disaster Relief Operation (DRO) and depending on their training and qualifications, ARRL volunteers may perform in one or more of several roles, including Amateur Radio Liaison, Communication Equipment Operator, Communication Equipment Installation/Repair and Disaster Assessment. ARRL volunteers who are assigned roles by the Red Cross during a DRO will be provided with Red Cross credentials as required by the role, consistent with Red Cross policy.

“Because of the importance of emergency communications, we are happy to be able to continue the League’s long-standing relationship with the American Red Cross,” said ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN. “The ARC and other served agencies give Amateur Radio operators the worthwhile missions in our communities that allow us to thank America for the privilege of being hams.”

Original article from: http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-red-cross-sign-memorandum-of-understanding

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