RAC Bulletin 2011-030E – Simulated Emergency Test – SET – October 15, 2011
The simulated emergency test is a North America-wide exercise in emergency communications, administered by the ARRL and the RAC Emergency Coordinators and Net Managers. Both the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the National Traffic System (NTS) are involved. The SET weekend gives communicators the opportunity to focus on the emergency communications capability within your community, while interacting with NTS nets. The deadline for receipt of reports at RAC HQ is January 31, 2012.
As you prepare for SET:
- Sign up all available radio amateurs in your area. It’s a great recruiting tool.
- Call a meeting of all ARES members and prospective members to outline the plan.
- Contact served agencies and explain the intent and overall purpose of the SET.
- Arrange publicity in local papers and radio and TV stations.
- Set up liaison with one or more NTS local/section nets.
- Formulate your plan around a simulated disaster.
One of the first steps to a successful SET is to get as many involved as possible, especially new Hams. They might like it so much that they stick around.
Please visit the RAC website for all of the rules and guidelines and enjoy!
Doug Mercer VO1DM CEC
Vice President Field Services
P.O. Box 1042 – Goulds, NL A1S 1H2