1. Briefly explain your capabilities to the senior official at your assignment.

  2. Become familiar with the content of this manual.

  3. When contacted by the emergency coordinator or his/her designated representative, indicate your availability including any personal physical disabilities or equipment limitations that may limit your participation.

  4. Always have emergency power fully charged/ready for use.

  5. Periodically check your emergency radio gear to be sure that it is in good operating condition.

  6. Make sure all emergency radios are pre-programmed to the frequencies used in an emergency.

  7. Provide your emergency coordinator with a current list of radio equipment so that he/she will be aware of your capabilities.

  8. Maintain contact with your emergency coordinator so that he/she will know of your availability.

  9. If an emergency is imminent, let the emergency coordinator or other responsible person know how you may be contacted.

  10. Do not leave your assignment until you are released by the ec or his/her designated representative (example--the release announcement made by one of the assistant emergency coordinators).

  11. If you must leave your post (radio) for any reason, contact the net control station to let them know the reason(s) for your absence and when you will be back on station.

  12. As you begin your assignment in an emergency, let the net control station know of your readiness when you are set up and ready to operate at your assigned location.

  13. Be alert for the need to act as a relay for the net control station or any other station operating in the emergency network.

  14. After checking in with the net control station indicating readiness, each station in the emergency network is to run a radio check on the simplex frequency that is identified by the net control station at check-in time.

  15. As you use your radio, periodically check to be sure that all frequencies and offsets that have been programmed in for the emergency have not been disturbed, accidentally changed or cleared.

  16. If you haven't heard any traffic on the net for 5-10 min., contact the net control station. be prepared to shift to the next preferred frequency listed in appendix e of this manual.

  17. There will be liaison stations attached to the emergency net. Be sure to write down their call signs in event you need to contact one of them.

  18. If the emergency net operates as a tactical net (use of location names as opposed to using individual call signs), remember to follow the FCC 10 min. call sign identification rule.

  19. All formal messages are to be in ARRL standard form.

  20. Be familiar with the use of the ARRL Standard Message Format.

  21. All formal messages passed are to include the identity of the person who originated the message, including their name and title.

  22. Always have your radio owner's manuals with you when you're on emergency assignment.

  23. All ARES/RACES operators are to participate in at least 2 emergency tests each year. These will be scheduled by the emergency coordinator and notification will be effected on local repeater stations.



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