Volunteers standing in a circle waiting for instructions.

Jackson ARES Simulated Emergency Test

Volunteers standing in a circle waiting for instructions.    This project was designed to help train and exercise a group of radio volunteers. The project took over two-hundred hours for me to assemble and execute. I wrote and taught two orientation classes covering the basic skills to be exercised for the volunteers prior to the actual exercise. These classes were a mix of classroom instruction and event simulation designed to give the volunteers hands-on experience with the concepts to be exercised.

A display of the packet's each participant got including folders food water and handouts.
Each participant got a goodie bag with snacks and bottled water, as well as a packet of instructions, handouts and maps for use during the exercise.

Eleven volunteers showed up on the day of the exercise and distributed across the county. Each volunteer had a unique packet of information that held specific instructions for their station. Overall we were able to leverage approximately $43,985 in equipment, training and volunteer efforts with no cost to the tax payers of the county and we added two new members to the ARES team who “would not have joined if it wasn’t for the SET.”

Barbara sitting in a truck talking on a radio.
Barbara, KI4BQT, helps netcontrol over the air during a simulated event in the exercise.

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