Mendocino Countywide Health Care Drill
Amateur radio operators are needed for a countywide emergency communications exercise. This exercise, scheduled for Thursday May 21, is intended to tie together hospitals, clinics, and skilled nursing facilities across the county. Over 20 facilities, in 9 communities in Mendocino County have been invited to participate. 30 to 35 volunteers may be needed to adequately cover the facilities that are expected to participate. May 21, 2015 is coming up quickly so calendar the date and plan to lend a hand.
Many of you participated in similar drills over the past few years, and Tim WB9NJS, would appreciate your support again this year. If you did not participate in a previous exercise, please consider joining in the 2015 drill. This exercise is an excellent opportunity to develop your emergency communications skills, while becoming more familiar with your local health care facilities.
This year Mendocino County Health and Human Services (HHSA) has asked to extend the time frame of the drill to provide additional time to exchange messages. The exercise is scheduled to start at 10:30 AM and could run for up to 3 hours, depending on volunteer availability. This means volunteers should plan to report to their assigned facilities between 9:00 and 9:30 AM. Volunteers who are unable help for the entire period are still encouraged to participate, as facilities will be allowed to delay their start time.
The exercise will consist of using standardized forms and the ARRL radiogram format to exchange information between the facilities and an EOC in Ukiah. The option of using digital messaging will be included this year, if enough operators who are appropriately trained and equipped are available.
If you are interested in volunteering for this exercise, please contact Tim, either by WB9NJS email or by telephone at (707) 972-9388.