Hurricane Michael has strengthened to a category 4 storm with winds of 145 mph as of Wednesday morning, October 10th. AmRRON has moved to AmCON 2 and activated for a regional imminent incident.
The Cuban Federation of Radio Amateurs has announced that emergency nets for Hurricane Michael are already active in Cuba on 40 and 80 meters. Announced frequencies are 7,110 kHz (primary) and 7,120 kHz (secondary), and 3,740 kHz (primary) and 3,740 kHz (secondary). Operation is expected to be on SSB and digital modes as required. The NHC said western Cuba could see 4 to 8 inches of rain, with isolated maximums of 12 inches. “This rainfall could lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” the NHC said.
Team Rubicon – Disaster Response Veterans volunteering to help others.
The Carolina Preppers Network (CPN) has a write up on their response during and after Hurricane Florence. The CPN started a small group for the purpose of helping people become better prepared in times of crises.
The Carolina Preppers Network hurricane response was something with which to be impressed. For those who don’t know, CPN is an education/support organization with members in North and South Carolina. There are no membership dues and all participants are volunteers with groups meeting regularly in many towns and cities. The organization has been led by Forrest Garvin for the past few years now and during that time, it has grown from fewer than 300 participants to more than 8,500 today. CPN wasn’t created to be a disaster response organization along the lines of the American Red Cross or Samaritan’s Purse, but rather an information swapping and educational resource to help individuals become prepared to be self-supporting in times of crises. But during Hurricane Florence, CPN grew into more. Retreat Realty is proud to be one of the corporate sponsors, especially so after seeing how CPN directly impacted and saved lives during Hurricane Florence.
Days before landfall, Forrest sent out notifications to members via CPN’s Team App calling for those who could assist to help with the gathering of information (intel) and coordination of resources where needed once the hurricane came ashore. This was coordinated with leadership of the Cajun Navy, the Gulf Coast volunteer organization that became famous during Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey during which those volunteers provided their own shallow draft boats to rescue thousands from precarious situations. For several days, the leadership team of CPN worked nearly nonstop using the Zello smart phone app as well as HAM radio operators via AmRRon (the American Redoubt Radio Operators Network) and working with Forward Observer to receive calls for assistance and disseminate that information to Cajun Navy responders among other things. This coordinated effort was a significant example of how a group of loosely organized individuals can operate as efficiently or more so than larger government organizations.
There was one story of ladies stranded in their attic with water reaching up to them who were located by CPN who then notified Cajun Navy responders who rescued them. Other services involved coordinating housing and food for volunteers on the scene. One example is that of a call that came in from a Cajun Navy volunteer at 8:30 PM saying they needed housing for 10 to 30 persons. CPN volunteers called Crosspointe Church which promptly responded “What do you need and where?”, then another church provided a mission house and another had a multi-purpose facility where the volunteers could sleep and park their boats and trailers. Within an hour or so, they had the lodging they needed. All of these coordination efforts were done long distance through CPN volunteers in Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh, Greenville (SC) and elsewhere. This goes to show that with modern technology, you can help from anywhere.
Something else that impressed me came from listening in on a conference call last night with the leadership team having an Action Review (“AR”) or debriefing of the event. There was plenty of well deserved back slapping and congratulatory words, but there was also a focus on what could have been done better and how to get ready for the next disaster whether it be from a hurricane, power failure or other catastrophic event. I believe Hurricane Florence will be remembered within CPN as the time when CPN “grew up” to become a life changer, putting theory into practice. I congratulate Forrest and all the others who gave up their time to help strangers and am proud to be a sponsor of this fine organization.
As of Thursday, 13 Sept. at 1700hrs Zulu we are increasing the AmCON to level 2 (Incident Imminent). Hurricane-force high sustained winds and extremely heavy rainfall are forecast and damage is imminent. Major disruptions to conventional power and telecommunications grids as well as transportation are expected in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, especially along the coastal areas.
As of this update, persistent (continuous) nets are being conducted on the 40m and 80m digital frequencies using beaconing modes FSQ Call and FT-8 Call. Additionally, nets are being conducted according to the AmRRON SOI. Please refer to the AmRRON Activation PDF for more details.
Expect a change to AmCON-1 (Active Incident) within the next 6 to 8 hours.
Edit: AmRRON went to AmCON 1 on Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 0300 zulu.
Edit: AmRRON returned to AmCON 5 on September 17th, 2018, while continuing to support operations as needed.
AmRRON has announced an activation for Hurricane Florence.
SUBJECT: AmRRON Activation – Hurricane Florence
SITUATION: Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall on the US east coast along the Carolinas, estimated to impact between Thursday evening and Friday morning. Widespread disruptions are expected to affect commercial power and communications grids as well as transportation.
AmCON raised to Level 3 (Incident Probable) as of Monday morning, 10 Sept. 2018, to raise awareness and begin pre-event planning and coordination in anticipation of activation of AmRRON Nets…AmRRON Corps operators have been coordinating and developing a communications plan in order to provide the widest coverage possible. This will help ensure those in the affected area have multiple options for reporting their situations on the ground and seeking assistance.Note: This is a real-world disaster response, and not a time for training. This is a time to implement what you know. To increase your skills and knowledge and gain additional experience, we encourage you to participate in our regularly-scheduled AmRRON Practice Nets.
If you’re living in an area that may be affected by Hurricane Florence, and you don’t know what to do to prepare. This Reddit thread has a lot of good preparedness advice. Here is an excerpt from the first post:
- Charge any device that provides light. Laptops, tablets, cameras, video cameras, and old phones. Old cell phones can still be used for dialing 911. Charge external battery back ups (power banks).
- Wash all trash cans, big and small, and fill with water for flushing toilets. Line outdoor trash cans with trash bags, fill with water and store in the garage. Water in trash bags should not be used to bathe or drink. Bags contain chemicals to suppress insect and odor. Use for toilet flushing purposes only.
- Fill every tub and sink with water. Cover sinks with Saran Wrap to keep it from collecting dust. Fill washing machine and leave lid up to store water.
- Fill old empty water bottles and other containers with water and keep near sinks for washing hands.
- Fill every Tupperware with water and store in freezer. These will help keep food cold longer and serve as a back up water supply.
- Fill drinking cups with water and cover with Saran Wrap. Store as many as possible in fridge. The rest you can store on the counter and use first before any water bottles are opened. Ice is impossible to find after the storm.
- Reserve fridge space for storing tap water and keep the sealed water bottles on the counter.
- Cook any meats in advance and other perishable foods. You can freeze cooked food. Hard boil eggs for snacks for first day without power.
- Be well hydrated before the storm hits and avoid salty foods that make you dehydrated.
- Wash all dirty clothes and bed sheets. Anything dirty will smell without the A/C, you may need the items, and with no A/C, you’ll be sweating a lot. You’re going to want clean sheets.
- Toss out any expiring food, clean cat litter boxes, empty all trash cans in the house, including bathrooms. Remove anything that will cause an odor when the A/C is off. If you don’t have a trash day pickup before the storm, find a dumpster.
- Bring in any yard decor, secure anything that will fly around, secure gates, bring in hoses, potted plants, etc. Bring in patio furniture and grills.
- Clean your environment so you have clear, easy escape routes. Even if that means temporarily moving furniture to one area.
- Scrub all bathrooms so you are starting with a clean odor free environment. Store water filled trash cans next to each toilet for flushing.
- Place everything you own that is important and necessary in a backpack or small file box that is easy to grab. Include your wallet with ID, phone, hand sanitizer, snacks, etc. Get plastic sleeves for important documents.
- Make sure you have cash on hand.
- Stock up on pet food and fill up bowls of water for pets.
- Refill any medications. Most insurance companies allow for 2 emergency refills per year.
- Fill your propane tanks. You can heat soup cans, boil water, make coffee, and other stuff besides just grilling meat. Get an extra, if possible.
- Drop your A/C in advance and lower temperatures in your fridges.
- Gather all candles, flashlights, lighters, matches, batteries, first aid kit and other items and keep them accessible.
- Clean all counters in advance. Start with a clean surface. Buy Clorox Wipes for cleaning when there is no power. Mop your floors and vacuum. If power is out for 10 days, you’ll have to live in the mess you started with.
- Pick your emergency safe place such as a closet under the stairs. Store the items you’ll need in that location for the brunt of the storm. Make a hand fan for when the power is out.
- Shower just before the storm is scheduled to hit.
- Keep baby wipes next to each toilet. Don’t flush them. It’s not the time to risk clogging your toilet!
- Run your dishwasher, don’t risk having dirty smelly dishes and you need every container for water! Remember you’ll need clean water for brushing your teeth, washing yourself, and cleaning your hands.
- Pack a small suitcase and keep it in your car in case you decide to evacuate. Also put at least one jug of water in your car. It will still be there if you don’t evacuate. You don’t need to store all water in the house. Remember to pack for pets as well.
- Check on all family members, set up emergency back up plans, and check on elderly neighbors.
- Pets are family too. Take them with you.
- Before the storm, unplug all electronics. There will be power surges during and after the storm.
- Cover televisions, computer monitors and other electronic devices with trash bags in case windows break and expose the interior of the house to the elements.
- Cover windows with plywood from the outside.
- Gas up your car and have a spare gas container for your generator or your car when you run out.
- Touch base with neighbors prior to the storm to determine if they are ready and capable to weather the storm. Building relationships with neighbors also comes in handy if you need to borrow a chainsaw or need extra hands to clear debris.
Take a video of your house and contents. Walk room to room, opening cabinets, drawers and closets. Make sure to highlight model and serial numbers of appliances. Don’t forget outbuildings and sheds where you keep tools and equipment. This will help if you need to make an insurance claim later.
In your freezer, freeze a cup of water and place a coin on top after it is frozen. When the power goes out, if the coin stays on top, the food is staying frozen. If the coin falls into the water, the freezer thawed out and most food will likely need to be thrown away.
Finally, anything that you want to try and preserve, but you can’t take with you—place it in a plastic bin and put in your dishwasher, lock the door. This should make it water tight in case of any water intrusion into your home. But of course, take all the important/irreplaceable items you can.
Following are some messages received via amateur radio for the AmRRON readiness exercise. Errors are as received.
a DRINKING WATER RESEVOIR IN SUTHERLIN OR HAS BEEN CONTAMINATED, THERE ARE DEAD ANIMALS IN THE WATER.
SAN FRANCISCO – ONLY THOSE WITH ALTERNATE POWER ARE OK.
***EXERCISE***EXCERCISE***EXERCISE*** THERE HAS BEEN A CYBER ATTACK TO THE POWER INFESTRUCTURE NATIONWIDE. POWER WILL BE SPORATIC FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE. INFECTIOUS DISEASE HAS HIT OREGON. THE DISEASE IS SPREADING FROM ANIMALS TO HUMAN AND VISA VERSA. ALL COMMUNICATIONS OTHER THEN RADIO ARE DOWN. PLEASE CHECK YOUR AMRRON SOI FOR COMMS SCHEDULES AND UPDATES. ***EXERCISE***EXERCISE***EXERCISE***
The following is made up “news” for the AmRRON readiness exercise being conducted this weekend (July 20-22, 2018).
The Pre-Exercise Breaking News and Pre T-Rex Message Traffic are used as a ‘build up’ to set the T-REX training exercise scenario. We are also providing resources to help you with your preps! We look forward to training with you! The “Grid Down” portion of T-REX 2018 officially begins Friday, July 20th at 1900 zulu.
Note: We will be simulating GRID DOWN for T-REX beginning at 1900z (12:00 noon pacific time). AmRRON Operators will be running practice nets using the Communications Signal Operating Instructions. Hope to see you on the air! 73!The spread of Disease X has began to result in travel restrictions as the president has declared martial law and brought in the National Guard to provide quarantine in some large cities. Anyone who is planning to relocate to another location should do so immediately as the window of opportunity is closing quickly, possibly already closed depending on your individual location. Public areas and gatherings should be avoided if at all possible. Limit contact with individuals and do not consume meat products that have been obtained within the previous 3-4 months to reduce risk ofcontracting Disease X through the food supply. Avoid meats or use long-term supplies. NC SIGCEN
AmRRON’s 2018 TEOTWAWKI Readiness Exercise (T-REx) will be held on the weekend on July 20th – 22nd. This is a nationwide grid-down disaster training exercise.. This will be an emergency communications training exercise with emphasis on Amateur Radio for use during emergency/disaster situations.
Here is a listing of the Pre T-Rex Message Traffic that has been collected from the AmRRON practice nets! The Pre-T-Rex message traffic and the T-Rex Breaking News page are used as a ‘build up’ to the exercise scenario for T-Rex 2018!
EXERCISE // EXERCISE // EXERCISE20181807022103 // Exercise // Exercise // Exercise // Farmers in Pickens County SC report rapid spread of disease among livestock. Many animals have been destroyed as a result. Disease also affecting migratory birds with many found dead county wide. Farmers indicate similar reports from family members in WA/OR/CA. // Exercise // Exercise // Exercise // end of messageMSG #0714-01-E-P EXERCISE // EXERCISE // EXERCISE SPECIAL ADVISORY STATEMENT In a special bulletin transmitted on television and radio, officials from the CDC, DHS, HHS and FEMA issued the following statement: "Our research has concluded that we are entering the 90 - 100 day window where symptoms of disease X, a prion based disease, may be dramatically expanding based on extrapolation from the number of initial cases seen in April and May. In fact, we are seeing an increasing number of cases nationwide bearing this out. With this in mind we have issued the following directives: 1. Do not travel beyond your local community and do so only when absolutely necessary. TSA, FEMA and members of the Natl Guard are conducting screenings at all transportation hubs and airports. Be advised if you have to travel, expect long waits and mandatory screening. 2. Avoid large gatherings such as sporting events, concerts and malls. 3. If you have symptoms, DO NOT go to the hospital, physicians office or ER. Call you local public health department and report your symptoms to them. Follow their instructions. The CDC, USAMRIID and researchers are working tirelessly to contain this disease and put mitigation measures in place. Please remain calm and follow the instructions of government officials. Information is being disseminated to local health officials now." EOM EXERCISE // EXERCISE // EXERCISEMSG #0708-01-E-R EXERCISE // EXERCISE // EXERCISE Amateur Operator picked up information relayed by WPA ARES net for an additional resource request of (10) isolation kits and (3) additional biologic decontamination units to be dispatched from the State public health HQ to the University Hospital campus asap. Local news reports out of the Pittsburgh area have stated that an exclusion zone has been set up around the University Hospital in the downtown area and all non police and emergency vehicle traffic is being diverted. An eyewitnesses states that there are multiple arrivals of medivac helicopters. There is to be a joint public statement by the Allegheny Co EMA and University Hospital PIO at 1800 EDST. EOM EXERCISE // EXERCISE // EXERCISEMSG #0705-01-E-R EXERCISE // EXERCISE // EXERCISE SW listener reports that he picked up spanish language SW broadcast discussing disease effecting cattle, goats, sheep and humans in Argentina. Symptoms are consistent with those of "disease X" in the USA. Requests to WHO regarding spread of "disease X" outside of the USA remain unanswered. There are unsubstantiated reports of outbreaks in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain. If you have contacts outside of the USA and can verify reports of breakouts in other countries, pse contact AmRRON national with further information. EOM EXERCISE // EXERCISE // EXERCISE
The Pre-Exercise Breaking News and Pre T-Rex Message Traffic are used as a ‘build up’ to set the T-REX training exercise scenario. We are also providing resources to help you with your preps! We look forward to training with you! T-REX 2018 officially begins Friday, July 20th at 1900 zulu.
7/16/18 21:00 Exercise // Exercise // Exercise Several alternative media sights are reporting that due to the supply shortages, many Sams Club, Costco, Kroger and Safeway store in IL, MO, MN, NE, AR, LA, CO and UT are limiting quantities of beef, poultry, and pork that can be purchased in a single order. Corporate representatives for these chains deny any knowledge of supply problems and are unaware of any stores instituting transaction limits. Precautionary measures: Stock up on food and supplies due to possible supply problems. Take steps to make sure your universal preparedness prepping supplies are stocked up. Examples: Nitrile Gloves, Disposable gown, hair cover, eye cover, mask (N95 or better yet N100 with pink filters)! In the event we go grid down, monitor during the net times indicated in the Communcations S.O.I.
7/16/18 00:00 Exercise // Exercise // Exercise Federal authorities have reportedly destroyed the entire livestock heards of several ranches in North Central NE, inducing the Sandhill, Spade, Krebs, Nolles and Haythorn cattle ranches. This represents the destruction of over 500,000 cattle. Precautionary measures: Take steps to make sure your universal preparedness prepping supplies are stocked up. Examples: Nitrile Gloves, Disposable gown, hair cover, eye cover, mask (N95 or better yet N100 with pink filters)! In the event we go grid down, monitor during the net times indicated in the Communcations S.O.I.
Here is some guidance for participating in T-REX 2018!1. ///EXERCISE EXERCISE/// Some of the traffic we pass is very plausible and realistic. Many who stumble across our traffic nets may not realize we are conducting a training exercise and could believe there is a real world emergency developing. Always precede and end your traffic with the disclosure that this is a training net. In voice modes, say "Exercise Exercise Exercise. The following is traffic for the T-Rex disaster preparedness exercise of 2018." And at the end, "... again, this is only a training exercise." For digital modes, add slants before and after your emergency training traffic: /// EXERCISE /// or /// TRAINING EXERCISE /// 2. As the Army training adage goes, 'Train hard, fight easy', or 'An ounce of sweat in training saves a gallon of blood on the battlefield'. Although we want people to have successes and victories during training, which builds confidence, we also need to embrace the 'suck' when we're training. Due to the solar cycle and other solar weather factors, the band conditions are expected to absolutely SUCK! This is a very real world factor that we could be (and have been) faced with in real world emergency situations. Make every reasonable attempt to pass or relay traffic. Use whatever method or mode you can, as often as you're able, until your traffic gets passed, or until you receive traffic others are attempting to pass to you or others. If you are having great difficulty due to band conditions, DO NOT FREAK OUT, and do not get discouraged. Pass what you can, when you can. There WILL be traffic that never makes it out of the gate or never reaches its intended destination. Some of you WILL have antenna, transceiver, tuner, power, computer, software, etc failures. Don't sweat it. Work through it the best you can. This is training and this is designed to reveal shortcomings in your communications equipment, training, and overall capabilities. 3. DIGITAL MODES WILL RULE THE DAY. If you do not have (at the very least) digital receiving capabilities, you need to go to www.AmRRON.com and type 'Digital' in the search box. There are several articles there to help get you up to speed. The software is free. This is how most traffic will be passed in this training exercise, and real world events. It is reliable and gets through when voice does not. When tuning in to talk or listen, follow the Signals Operating Instructions. However, keep in mind that some of the bands may be unusable due to propagation, sun spot activity, sometimes for hours or days. If you cannot hear activity on 20m, wait for the 40m band time window. If you cannot copy any activity on 40m after ten minutes, switch to 80m frequency (applies to both voice and digital time windows). If the band has deteriorated and has become unusable, Net Control Station (NCS) operators should move the nets from 40m to 80m (or from 80m to 40m) after ten minutes of attempting to use the primary band. Obviously if the band has deteriorated, the NCS cannot tell everyone to switch (aka. QSY) to the alternate band. Each operator should follow the net and do this on his own. Remember the rule of thumb -- TEN MINUTES of no activity? Then switch! The AmRRON SOI calls for Contestia 4/250 and MT-631KL for the standardized digital modes. However, the situation on the ground (in the air) will often dictate your course of action in a real world situation. USE WHATEVER MODE GETS THE JOB DONE THE FASTEST! Feel free to use MFSK 64 (fast), 32 (medium), or 16 (slowest but surest) modes. The MFSK modes are also best suited for sending images using fldigi. 4. Take good notes about what went well, what did not, and improvements needed to your station, your equipment, your skills, and your local/area/regional network. 5. NET CONTROL STATIONS. You are expected to be on the air, but you won't be alone! There will be six SIGCENs (Signals Centers) with three to ten operators who are deploying together. They will be coordinating with other SIGCENs across the country and will be standing by to assist you. They will also help establish a roster of volunteer stations so you can have some relief, and they are prepared to step up as Net Control Stations where gaps are identified. SIGCENs will also be contacting you to distribute Executive Summaries, News and Information releases, etc. We're all in this together. We're all patriots. We all want to help each other succeed, so don't get frustrated and take it out on others who are trying to come alongside and help you. 6. SIGCENS. You have been requested to provide communications support by various elements of leadership in your community or region. For some of you, your local sheriff who does not have an active ARES/RACES group in his county has asked for help. For others, groups of community leaders inside and outside government positions have asked you for assistance with communications to stay informed on regional/national developments. And for others, the local ARES/RACES groups are overwhelmed with what needs to be done and you have deployed to augment communications and fill gaps that the county EOC cannot cover. In all cases, the SIGCENs' secondary function besides local EMERGENCY traffic, is to correspond and coordinate with the other AmRRON SIGCENs, and National SIGCEN, to keep the network informed and connected. DO NOT NEGLECT THE CH3 COVERAGE, MONITORING, AND TRANSMITTING OF INFORMATION. There is no other viable system to keep the 'average joe citizen' connected and informed in a grid down situation. Black Echo Broadcasting Stations can be a huge asset in many cases.
UPDATE: AMCON has returned to AmCON 4 since this was posted.
From the folks over at AmRRON (the American Redoubt Radio Operators’ Network):
*13 APRIL 2018 UPDATE: *
//All Stations// Due to increased tensions and the maneuvering of military assets by multiple nations in and around Syria, we are raising the AmCON to Level 3. This increase in AmCON is to increase awareness of an increased probability of an event which could disrupt conventional communications. We will continue to monitor the situation. At this time, no immediate action is called for beyond the general guidance outlined for AmCON 3. More guidance will be forthcoming and will be posted on AmRRON.com. We will continue to evaluate and assess. The Staff, AmRRON
Action In Syria Coming Amid Expectations Of Air Strikes
Haifa orders townspeople to prepare for emergency
Russia says the US is about to strike Syria — and that it will strike back
Russia, Syria: Israeli Jets Strike Air Base After Alleged Poison Gas Attack In Douma
Russia TV Instructs Viewers How to Prepare Bomb Shelters For Nuclear War (Video)
Nuclear ‘Doomsday Plane’ Goes Airborne As War Fears Grow
– Russian UN Ambassador warns “cannot exclude” possibility of direct conflict with US over Syria.
-UK Cabinet gives PM May approval for action.
– Russia moves Backfires (SU-22 Bombers) into Iran
Today, AmRRON announced that it had moved the organization to level AmCON 3. Level 3 means that an incident is considered probable which would interrupt conventional communications, but not necessarily imminent.
*08 AUG 2017 UPDATE: *
Due to the increased probability of armed conflict with North Korea,
which is now nuclear-capable and could strike American cities on the
mainland, we are increasing our readiness levels and the AmRRON
Readiness Condition Level to 3. This means that while disruptions to
conventional communications are by no means imminent, there is an
Trump warns North Korea threats ‘will be met with fire and fury’
* President Donald Trump warns that threats from North Korea “will be
met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
* North Korea has successfully created a miniaturized nuclear weapon
that can fit in its missiles, according to NBC News and The
*Note from JJS: * This is significant. President Trump is warning that
these continued threats must stop and that he is prepared to carry out
military action. Previous attitudes and responses indicate that North
Korea will continue to agitate the US and other nations. Essentially,
Trump must make good on his word. If he does not, it will only embolden
North Korea and increase the danger to US citizens and interests, as
well as our allies. Essentially, it appears the time for talking and
negotiating are over. We’ll see. Boy Scout’s motto: “Be Prepared”
*Additionally, the previous open source (OSINT) information which
prompted us to raise to Level-4 several weeks ago is still relevant:*
/////END OF MESSAGE/////
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the 4th annual, Nationwide grid-down disaster training exercise T-Rex! T-Rex 2017 will be from Friday, August 11th- through Sunday, August 13th, 2017. This will be an emergency communications training exercise for AmRRON members with emphasis on Amateur Radio for use during emergency/disaster situations.
WHAT IS T-REX?
It is a nationwide scenario-based disaster preparedness exercise where we simulate that a catastrophic event has caused disruptions and/or failures in conventional services, such as the Power grid, Internet, Telecommunications, Transportation, etc.
It is a chance for you, your family, your group or team, or your organization to practice your emergency preparedness plan, and respond as though it were real.
Most importantly, it is an emergency communications exercise, where AmRRON operators across the country and elsewhere practice tuning in and listening for information and developments, reporting what’s happening in their area, and helping others get radio traffic passed across the network using unconventional communications — mostly Amateur Radio and the most popular digital modes.
WHAT IS THE SCENARIO FOR 2017?
This year we will be simulating a major seismic event, which will actually be TWO catastrophic earthquakes in different parts of the country, three hours apart.
At Noon Pacific time (1900hrs Zulu) the first, 9.1 earthquake strikes off the Pacific coast, followed by a devastating tsunami. This is known as the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Scientists claim we are overdue for a major event on the CSZ and that it is only a matter of when, not if. Power, internet, and telecommunications are lost to the western United States.
At 1700hrs – 5pm – (2200hrs Zulu) the second, 9.2 earthquake strikes in the New Madrid Subduction Zone in eastern Missouri. Power, internet, and telecommunications are lost to the remainder of the United States and two thirds of Canada.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
Plunge yourself into darkness:
Depending on where you are located, turn your cell phone, internet, electricity, etc. off at the time the earthquake occurs (west of Mississippi River = Noon Pacific -or- east of the Mississippi = 5pm Central) aka. 1900Z and 2200z respectively. Most of us have freezers, etc. that we can’t turn off. That’s fine, just don’t use lights, internet, or traditional cooking appliances. Get that dutch oven out, the Coleman lantern, and those two-way radios.
You need to know what’s going on. What is the size and scope the the event? Where is the damage concentrated? What secondary safety hazards have been produced from the disaster? What escape routes are available or closed? Where and when is relief coming? How can I check on my loved ones hundreds of miles away?
Update: AmRRON is posting artificial news stories in support of the exercise narrative to set up the scenario. These can be read at Amrron.com by clicking here.