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On this page, I'll include instructions that may help others with Emergency Communications and become more proficient at Amateur Radio.

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National Traffic System Training Manual

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WHAT TO DO FIRST IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY

1. CHECK THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE SAFE AND SECURE BEFORE YOU RESPOND AS AN A.R.E.S. VOLUNTEER.
2. CHECK THAT YOUR PROPERTY IS SAFE AND SECURE BEFORE YOU RESPOND AS AN A.R.E.S. VOLUNTEER.
3. MONITOR 147.480 simplex. For Skywarn use 146.625- (pl 110.9)
4. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS YOU RECEIVE FROM THE ARES OFFICIALS IN CHARGE ON THE ABOVE FREQUENCY.
5. CONTACT YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY COORDINATOR, OR HIS/HER DESIGNEE, FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS.

INITIAL ACTION CHECKLIST

The net control station and/or ARES officials on the designated emergency net will provide
additional instructions, including information on frequencies used for other resource and tactical
nets. Normally, a resource net will enroll volunteers and provide information on how you can assist.
Be prepared to operate. Check all equipment and connections.
Check-in with your assigned contact. Deploy to assignment with Ready kit.
Obtain tactical call sign for your location/assignment.
Initiate personal event log (use form at end of this booklet).
Enter assigned frequency(s) on log sheet and on emergency/frequency plan.
Use log form to record messages handled.
Use a formal message form when a precise record is required.
Use tactical call sign for your location, while observing FCCs ten-minute i-d rule.
Monitor your assigned frequency AT ALL TIMES. Notify NCS if you have to leave.

BASIC DEPLOYMENT EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST


When responding to an emergency event, or even a training exercise, there is a minimum set of
equipment and personal gear you should bring with you to get the job done. Basic items include:
2-METER HT
ARES ID CARD
2-METER MAGMOUNT
ANTENNA AND COAX
EXTRA BATTERIES
EAR-PHONE
APPROPRIATE CLOTHING
PAPER AND PENCIL
FOOD AND WATER
The majority of these items should be kept in a "Ready Kit." Just pick it up on your way out the door
for deployment. You might also consider the items on the following list for inclusion in this ready
kit, designed to allow you to stay in the field for up to 72 hours.

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EXTENDED (72-HOUR) DEPLOYMENT EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

Snacks Liquid refreshments
Throat lozenges Aspirin
Prescriptions Toilet articles
First aid kit Message forms
Log books Shelter (tent and sleeping bag)
3 day change of clothes Foul weather gear
3 day supply of water and food Portable stove; Mess kit with cleaning kit
Flashlight Batteries
Candles Water proof matches
Alarm clock Toolbox
Electrical and Duct tape Soldering iron and solder
Safety glasses VOM
Additional Radios, packet gear Microphones
Headphones Power supplies, chargers
RF Connectors Antennas with mounts
Patch cords SWR bridge (VHF and HF).
Extra coax ARRL Standardized Connectors (Molex 1545)