Inauguration Day is today and the Iraqi election is soon to follow later next week. With these events that signify liberty, this may be a time where terrorists may attempt to strike. ARES members are asked to monitor the media more closely over the next week and have their HT with them for the next 1-2 weeks until this time period has passed.While the terror threat has not been raised, it would be wise that Amateurs monitor the media and have their HT with them in case an incident occurs. Certainly, terror attacks tend to happen when we least expect it and are impossible to predict. Therefore, treat this like an exercise in personal preparedness. Have a personal ready go kit prepared and have radio equipment prepared just in case its needed. If an incident occurs, monitor your local ARES, RACES or SKYWARN repeater and be prepared to start an informal net if necessary. Remember the best place to be if an incident occurs is at home. If you’re at work or out and about when an incident occurs, head home when possible and monitor the situation from there. ARES/RACES leadership will eventually get into position and provide updates on any potential deployment from any recovery from an incident.
As we’ve said many times in the past, the most likely event to occur is nothing but its certainly good to be prepared. Treat this as another exercise in personal preparedness and a reminder of what to do if an incident with little or no advanced warning occurs.
Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
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