Hello to all..
As stated on the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net on Monday July 11th, 2011, there will be the Massachusetts Statewide Hurricane Drill on Monday August 8th, 2011 from 7-9 PM. MEMA Regional stations and the State EOC, the NWS Taunton station will be active and we encourage local cities and towns, ARES/RACES/SKYWARN and MARS stations to participate. Since we will be doing the drill on the second Monday in August, the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for the first Monday will be cancelled as will the RACES Nets though ARES Net Manager and Middlesex County ARES DEC, Steve Telsey-N1BDA, will be on the MMRA system on the first Monday of the month to answer any questions informally concerning the drill. Region Two is expected to host their typical hurricane exercise meeting on the first Monday in August and an announcement should follow in the coming days there as well.
Drill overview participant and drill contoller documents will be dessiminated sometime between 7/26-7/28. For this year, we would like to shake up some components of the drill. Specifically, much of the drill time is spent creating mock damage reports from a hurricane. While this will still be a component of the drill, we will be working on other ways to prompt drill participants to give tactical and formal messages that would be pertinent to a hurricane scenario to see if it will drive more activity on the various nets and also help preparedness in a real hurricane scenario.
We appreciate everyone’s support for the drill and look forward to working with everyone. Thanks to all for their support!
Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
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