Participate in the Simulated Emergency Test

Colorado ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) will conduct its annual SET (Simulated Emergency Test) on Saturday, October 26 from 0800 to 1600 hrs. The communications exercise is sponsored by the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. All amateur radio operators are invited to participate.
The scenario is that a natural disaster has disrupted the state’s electrical grid. The widespread power outages have caused the failure of communications including telephone, cellphones, internet, commercial broadcasts, and public safety systems. Hams are asked to use battery-powered portable or mobile radios in accordance with the scenario.
For hams in Delta and Montrose Counties, the goals are for hams to pass information about their situation to the county Emergency Operations Center. Participating hams can check into the ARES net on the Raspberry repeater ( 146.910 minus, 107.2 ) between 0800 and 1200 hrs. The Cedaredge repeater ( 147.195 plus, no tone) will also be monitored for reporting stations.
The net control station will direct each station to give its report to the EOC. The report is simple. Just state “This is an Exercise, then give your general location and state the situation is normal. Stating “normal” reduces the chance someone will mistakenly overlook the “This is an exercise” statement.
The Delta County EOC and possibly the Montrose County EOC/MARC club trailer will be operational. The hams at the EOC will receive the reports and prepare a consolidated report. Then they will send that report to the State EOC via radio.
After the exercise, participants can send their comments to Bill Bear, KC0QXX, the Colorado ARES District 8 Emergency Coordinator.

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