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.
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
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:
ARES ID CARD
ANTENNA AND COAX
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
designed to allow you to stay in the field for up to 72 hours.