Missouri Section February 2019 Activity Report

ARES Missouri Section Training Information

With the release of the new ARES Strategic Plan by the ARRL Board of Directors, we need to begin the process of having Missouri Section ARES complying with the new training requirements. This will bring ARES training to a uniform level across the nation and help us to understand the Incident Command System. Many of our served agencies have been asking for the membership to be more aware and trained in ICS. We are also being asked to improve our communications knowledge and skills by studying EC-001 “Introduction to Amateur Radio Emergency Communication” for the general membership and EC-016 “Emergency Communications for Management” for the ARES leadership positions of AEC, EC, ADEC, DEC, ASEC and SEC. The plan requires that these educational requirements be completed within one year of the introduction of the plan.

Before anyone gets too excited about needing to complete the training requirements, we need to understand that the emergency communications response and support has changed since 9/11. In a lot of areas, untrained and unvetted volunteers are not being permitted into EOCs and other government entities without some basic certification in the current command and control systems (ICS). The new ARES plan addresses the need for this training and the certification that follows when a courses is successfully completed.

All of the ICS training courses are available on line from the FEMA Emergency Management Institute – Independent Study site. The courses are no cost and can be done at your leisure, so no travel or out of pocket expenses are required.

Those members/leaders that have previously taken the ARECC Level 1, 2, & 3 courses need only to show your certificates for credit against EC-001 & EC-016. EC-001 credit can be received by having ARECC Level 1 and EC-016 credit can be received by having completed ARECC Levels 1, 2, and 3.

As of this time, the EC-001 course is the only course available and only as a 9 week, 30 seat mentored course. It’s obvious that this won’t work to get the membership on board with the training. The ARRL is still in the process of producing the course material for personal online study or in local classes taught by EmComm Certified Instructors. EC-016 is not available at all from ARRL at this time to my knowledge. Both of these courses will be no cost to take the final exams.

Cecil Higgins AC0HA, our section manager, and I have agreed that the Missouri ARES time clock for the one year completion process will not start until the EC-001 and/or the EC-016 courses are universally available. We suggest and urge you to go ahead and work on completing the independent study ICS courses while we wait for the additional material to be released. Extensions on the one year requirement can be granted by the section manager on a case by case basis, so the membership has flexibility to complete the training. Keep a positive viewpoint on these changes because you will probably learn some things that you did not know. For the leadership in ARES, learning how to work with and motivate volunteers and how to develop exercises are all things that will benefit you personally and your local ARES group.

To summarize the new plan requirements, Level 2 requires completion of FEMA IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, IS-800 courses and EC-001 “Introduction to Amateur Radio Communications” or previous ARECC Level 1 certification. Level 3 requires completion of Level 2 plus FEMA IS-120, IS-230, IS-240, IS-241, IS-242, IS-244 and IS-288 courses and EC-016 “Emergency Communications for Management” or previous ARECC Levels 1, 2, and 3 certification.

District News:

District A – Mike Bellinger, K0UAA

Cass Co. – The number of members in the district was reduced by removing the number of members formerly in Cass County.

Benton Co. – Benton County ARES Members participated in the following nets: MTN, MESN, ARES, Region A Healthcare, and various club nets.

The EC arranged for her backup net control, Dennis Jacobs, NX0IA, to run the Region A Healthcare Net. Dennis also provided the previous month’s report to the Mid America Regional Council (MARC) at the monthly meeting. Benton Count ARES member Renee Cason,
KE0LMZ served as his relay station and logger. NetLogger was utilized, as well. There were a total of 26 checkins with 11 of those coming from healthcare facilities.

The Benton County ARES Trailer Team went back to work on the Benton County Emergency Communications Trailer in February, installing surface mount hardware and running wire on one side of the trailer. Their next meeting on March 8 will include plans to build the separator wall, install the pocket door, and then complete the installation of the remaining surface mount hardware and wiring. The BC ARES wishes to thank Ken and Barb Vining for their contributions and efforts to the project this month. You can keep up to date on the trailer project at bcmoem.com.

The Benton County ARES was invited to give an Emergency Communications class to the Camden County, MO Community Emergency Response Team (CC MO CERT) this month. In attendance were new and existing members of the group and EC Sam Henley and Benton County ARES member Renee Cason educated the class with additional assistance from CC MO CERT member Bruce Bell. You can read about it at bentoncountyares.org.

Northland (Clay and Platte) – February meeting with the Liberty 1/2 Marathon to kick-off Saturday, March 2. Operators supporting the event reviewed the communication plan and assignments. The weather for the event was a major concern. Cold weather operation & Safety was also reviewed. The Liberty 1/2 Marathon listed 2600 participants, Medical issues were very low. A few logistical issues were quickly overcome.

The ARES Digital Training Net operates weekly on Sunday 08:00 PM on147.330 MHz. repeater. Net format has been updated to include the use of digital images to provide participants with signal level information. Net Control Manager logging provides NCS with current roll call listing that is sent to all stations. FLamp messages for training provide interaction between operators and NCS. Those stations new to NBEMS digital software are welcomed to the net.

FSQcall-MO Digital net operation Thursday 10:00 AM Local on 3.598 Mhz. FLdigi-FSQ or FSQcall modes are utilized for check-in. A SEMA Conference bridge call running simultaneous allows net participants to share and update information. 573-693-7466 access code 2663. Our thanks to KM0S/KM0EOC Mike Thayer for this service. In February there were four sessions, QNI 47, QTC Six.

District B – Dale Bagley, K0KY

Audrain Co. – ARES hosted Weather Spotter class – 51 Attendees. Boone County ARES conducted Whiteout exercise.

District G – Ron Tost, K0RGT

Carter Co. – We had 46 check-ins to CRARC Carter County ARES Traffic Net.
Douglas Co. – DCAR club met in the new location @ Ava Ambulance Training Center in class room AVA.

Below are the reported activities and service hours by the ARES members in the Missouri Section:

MISSOURI ARES SECTION REPORT FOR : FEB 2019 MONTH YEAR
DISTRICT A B C D E F G H I TOTALS
Total Counties 13 16 12 18 13 13 9 15 6 115
Total Reporting 5 7 5 9 6 7 4 1 0 44
Members 317 109 214 231 53 124 38 46 128 1260
Plus / Minus -16 0 10 19 6 0 -20 0 0 -1
Training Ops 35 31 12 37 13 36 11 1 0 176 363
Svc Hours 426 131.3 198 539 60.5 210.8 75.5 5 0 1646.03 3360.69
Public Svc Ops 0 0 1 12 0 1 2 0 0 16 60
Svc Hours 0 0 1 214 0 102 4 0 0 321 961
Emergency Ops 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 8
Svc Hours 0 0 0 21 0 0 0 0 0 21 31
Skywarn Ops 0 0 1 3 2 5 4 0 0 15 28
Svc Hours 0 0 12 10 2.5 5 4 0 0 33.5 71.5
Total Operations 35 31 14 58 15 42 17 1 0 213 459
Total Svc Hours 426 131.3 211 784 63 317.8 83.5 5 0 2021.53 4424.19

 

March is the beginning of severe weather in Missouri. Stay safe.

73,

Jeff KB3HF

Missouri SEC