Emergency Response

Fall S.E.T. Drill – October 3

The Fall Simulated Emergency Test (SET) exercise will be Saturday, October 3rd.  BCARPSG, along with clubs and amateurs across Western Pennsylvania, will be participating in this test of communications and emergency preparedness.  

Date & Time:  Saturday, October 3rd.  9:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT.

Incident Radio Communications Plan:  CLICK Here to Download the Keystone Horizon 2020 SET ICS Plan

Documents & Forms

  1. ICS-213 Form
  2. ARRL Radiogram
  3.  ARRL ARES-001 Activity Form
10/2/2020 UPDATE
Please Note, all ACS Field Assignments will be SIMULATED.  However, when accepting an assignment please simulate travel time, set-up and traffic, ad-lib as best you can but keep it realistic.  I.O.W., this is not our first rodeo, most operators can imagine just what shelter requirements would be, act accordingly.  If and when real world incidents materialize, the skills and expertise of our membership can accommodate any and all taskings the EOC Director requires of us.      


THE FOLLOWING IS A SIMULATED EMERGENCY FOR TRAINING PURPOSES ONLY.  NONE OF THE INFORMATION BELOW IS REAL OR SHOULD BE ACTED UPON BY ANYONE OTHER THAN THE TEST EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS.  THE STATEMENTS BELOW DO NOT CONVEY ANY ACCURATE OR REALISTIC INFORMATION, AND DO NOT REFLECT CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS IN BUTLER COUNTY, PA.

General Training Scenario
(KA3KST/WA3GDS Staffing the 911EOC)  – 147.300 Primary Repeater / 443.9 Repeater Alternate. Tone 131.8 Hz
 
 Read the following statement at the beginning of the Net @1030 and 1130
 
THIS IS A SECTION EMERGENCY TRAINING TEST MESSAGE 
 
QST, QST, QST, this is (CALL SIGN, ALPHA / NUMERICAL) Net Control for the Butler County Region 13 Auxiliary Communications Service.
Seasonal severe weather (high winds and heavy rains) across Butler County have caused numerous power outages and road closures due to downed trees and utility lines.  Flooding across low lying areas have forced many to seek emergency shelter.  Even though Butler County does not have a local Red Cross Chapter, surrounding County Chapters have stepped in providing mutual aid support in setting up shelters at some of our local schools.  Butler, Grove City and New Castle medical facilities are reporting numerous injuries from severe weather related incidents.  All ACS amateur radio operators are requested to check into the Net stating your callsign and availability for an ACS assignment.  I will now accept check-ins, please call CALLSIGN).     
 
Acknowledge check-ins as required, after which please read again…
 
THIS IS A SECTION EMERGENCY TRAINING EXERCISE
 
Possible Net Control Activities:
  • Assignment of ACS Operator(s) to Shelters – Within Butler County, the Butler Area Senior High(New Castle Rd.), Moniteau(RT38, just beyond West Sunbury) and or Seneca Valley Schools (RT68 Zelienople) have been utilized in the past as shelters.  Butler and Moniteau, no problem with Comm Links, Seneca Valley, not so much.  You should be aware Butler County no longer has a local Red Cross Chapter, any and all shelter activities would be provided through mutual aid agreements with counties surrounding Butler, most likely Allegheny, Beaver or Venango.
  • Assignment of ACS Field Team Operators to local Fire Departments to assist as needed i.e., monitoring stream and creek levels for flooding, downed electrical lines or communication shortfalls (Cellphone overloads).  However, within Butler County the Fire Police and CB Rangers are usually called upon for major traffic control activities

Guidelines for EOC:

  1. If possible, establish communication contacts with surrounding counties either simplex or repeater
  2. If possible, as time and traffic permits, establish digital communication with one or more shelter operators
  3. If possible, as time and traffic permits, send a Radiogram via HF 3.983MHz and receive a Radiogram via HF 3.973MHz to and from K3MJW
  4. Terminate the Net promptly at 1230  and thank all participants
  5. Forward all check-in / activity info to TBT for reporting

Guidelines for participants: 

  1. Accept assignments as they will all be virtual, participate, ad-lib but keep it realistic and most importantly, by all means have fun!!

  Misc. Notes:

  1. N3WH has volunteered to be Net Control for the Sky Warn Net on 147.360 MHz
  2. KB3TBT although engaged with a prior commitment, will attempt to handle all DMR Activity requirements

ARES Simplex Drill – August 1

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) // Western Pennsylvania Section // Southwest District will be conducting a simplex drill on Saturday, August 1, 2020 starting at 0945 local time. Participating Pennsylvania counties will be Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington, and Westmoreland.

The purpose of this drill is to test emergency communications capabilities in the event of a repeater outage. Data collected during this drill will be used to determine simplex coverage for each county.

Agenda for Drill is as follows (for Butler County):

  • 0945 Net Control readies for Drill.
  • 1000 Net Control Initiates Net and starts taking and logging Check-Ins on the Alameda Park Repeater (147.300 MHz, positive offset, no tone)
  • 1015 Check-in’s switch to assigned county simplex frequency (see map below). In our case we will QSY to 147.57 MHz
    • All stations should attempt to make as many contacts as possible on the simplex frequency. Please log all contacts.
  • 1100 County Emergency Coordinator (EC) contacts neighboring county repeaters for inter-county interoperability.
  • 1100 Net Control monitors and logs adjacent county EC / Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) check-ins to 147.300 Repeater
  • 1115 Net Control closes the Net and forwards Log to the District Emergency Coordinator (DEC).  All other stations: please e-mail your log to Butler County Emergency Coordinator Bill Hastings (KB3TBT),  kb3tbt@arrl.net

Digital Training Net – Wednesdays

Please join us for our weekly Digital Training Net at 8:00 PM on Wednesdays (except the second Wednesday of the month). The purpose of the net is to learn about digital modes and practice using those modes for emergency response and public service events. All amateurs are welcome regardless of experience with digital communications.  Come to lean and have fun. CLICK Here for details…