Eastern MA ARES members will participate in the upcoming TOPOFF 3 exercise sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security on April 4, according to Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY.
The TOPOFF 3 scenario will depict a complex terrorist campaign beginning in Connecticut and New Jersey and leading to national and international response that will include Canada, where the exercise will be known as “TRIPLE PLAY,” and the United Kingdom, where it will be called “ATLANTIC BLUE.”
“We are sending an ARESMAT team of 4 for the TOPOFF exercise […] at the request of Connecticut ARES and Connecticut ARES Section Emergency Coordinator, Chuck Rexroad, AB1CR,” writes Macedo. “The main client that Connecticut ARES will be serving is the Red Cross. At the time of the meeting, more Amateurs were needed but after the meeting AB1CR stated that they had all the assignments filled.”[For more information on TOPOFF 3 see “Amateur Radio to Have Role in Largest-Ever Mass Casualty”.]