About 20 individuals took ICS training at the Mankato Red Cross July 25. Joe Reineman, KØJLR, South Central District EC, says that they will be scheduling more ICS classes in the future.
Minnesota Section ARES will be participating in an HF exercise with the Minnesota National Guard as part of their “Vital Connections 2015” Communications Exercise, 4 AUG 2015, from 1300-1600 CST. Click here for the following documents:
It is highly encouraged that those who can participate operate on HF radio to the National Guard, which will be located at the Arden Hills Army Training Site in Arden Hills, MN. It is my hope that not only we get participation from Minnesota but from the rest of the country as well, through connections with FEMA and U.S. Army Northern Command.
An Incident Action Plan which will include an ICS-205 Communications Plan will be posted on this website hopefully sometime within the next few weeks once it is approved by the Minnesota National Guard.
This is going to be an excellent opportunity for Minnesota Section ARES to increase our role with a served agency integral in emergency response not only around Minnesota but around the entire United States.
SOG 6-C-001 Standard Operating Guide Frequency Pool, version 2E, has been revised as of July 8, 2015, and is now available for download on the Section Plans and Forms website. Changes were made to the HF Simplex Frequency Pool. Voice frequencies were changed to conform with the National Interoperability Field Operations Guide, or NIFOG.
Please download at your earliest convenience and reprogram your HF radios if necessary.
This edition includes various Incident Command System (ICS) forms for ARES use, clarifies the role of the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), contains an improved chapter on ARES training, and includes all current ARRL memoranda of understanding/agreement.
ARES consists of Amateur Radio licensees who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communication duty in the public service, when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of ARRL membership, is eligible to apply for ARES membership.