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Event: Disaster Communications Team Meeting - 09/04/2021 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Disaster Communications Team Meeting

When:
09/04/2021
9:00am to 12:00pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
Microsoft Teams Virtual Meeting

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Description:
All monthly DST meeting will be held on Microsoft Teams until further notice

If you fail to receive an invite to the Team's meeting before the scheduled meeting, please send an e-mail to bob.birch3@.... I will forward the meeting information to you.

Thanks for everyones understanding during these times. We will start meeting in person again, once we are allowed to do so.

Bob


Re: DMR Tuesday Net Problems

Steve
 

I wonder if Brandmeister warned users before implementing changes that PAPA could have warned users about.  Seems like common sense but I don't see any related announcements on the Brandmeister twitter account or on PAPA.

Steve

On Thu, Sep 2, 2021 at 9:05 AM Bob Birch <rrbirch@...> wrote:

I have been investigating the issues we experienced on Tuesday’s DMR net.

 

What I have found out is, BrandMeister is requiring some new configuration changes. Because of this,, some of the PAPA sites may be off-line for up to the next 10 days, as PAPA implements the changes on the PAPA side. Please have patience, as they continue to make these changes as rapidly as they can. Some repeaters are already back on BrandMeister.

 

 

Bob Birch / KG6RGI 
Volunteer, Disaster Services Technology Activity Lead
 

 

American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter
3950 Calle Fortunada | San Diego, CA 92123-1827
Direct: (760) 533-1957| Fax: (858) 309-1289
Cell: (760) 533-1957| E-mail: 
bob.birch3@...

www.redcross.org/sandiego

 

 




Re: DMR Tuesday Net Problems

Greg Hidley
 

I initially heard Bob ask for a signal check (I was listening on SMP DMR) and then gave him one .... but he did not respond so he probably did not hear me. I heard no traffic on our talkgroup 311057  RC SoCal that evening. I switched around between SMP, WUD and PAL DMR repeaters and transmitted that I did not hear any Red Cross traffic that evening.. All repeaters responded with athe initial "go ahead" tone when queried with PTT but I heard no response from anyone to my transmissions.

greg


On Thu, Sep 2, 2021 at 4:37 PM Mark Warrick (KM6ZPO) <mark@...> wrote:
My observation:

I was intermittently hearing people via Saddle and Santiago via RF before the net started.   Once the net started, chaos ensued, so I switched over to my pi-star hotspot.

I could hear only person on talkgroup 311057, Ted N6RPG.  We waited about 15 minutes and then talked to each other for about 15 minutes.

---mark, KM6ZPO


Re: DMR Tuesday Net Problems

Mark Warrick (KM6ZPO) <mark@...>
 

My observation:

I was intermittently hearing people via Saddle and Santiago via RF before the net started.   Once the net started, chaos ensued, so I switched over to my pi-star hotspot.

I could hear only person on talkgroup 311057, Ted N6RPG.  We waited about 15 minutes and then talked to each other for about 15 minutes.

---mark, KM6ZPO


DMR Tuesday Net Problems

Bob Birch
 

I have been investigating the issues we experienced on Tuesday’s DMR net.

 

What I have found out is, BrandMeister is requiring some new configuration changes. Because of this,, some of the PAPA sites may be off-line for up to the next 10 days, as PAPA implements the changes on the PAPA side. Please have patience, as they continue to make these changes as rapidly as they can. Some repeaters are already back on BrandMeister.

 

 

Bob Birch / KG6RGI 
Volunteer, Disaster Services Technology Activity Lead
 

 

American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter
3950 Calle Fortunada | San Diego, CA 92123-1827
Direct: (760) 533-1957| Fax: (858) 309-1289
Cell: (760) 533-1957| E-mail: 
bob.birch3@...

www.redcross.org/sandiego

 

 


Event: Disaster Communications Team Meeting - 09/04/2021 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Disaster Communications Team Meeting

When:
09/04/2021
9:00am to 12:00pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
Microsoft Teams Virtual Meeting

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Description:
All monthly DST meeting will be held on Microsoft Teams until further notice

If you fail to receive an invite to the Team's meeting before the scheduled meeting, please send an e-mail to bob.birch3@.... I will forward the meeting information to you.

Thanks for everyones understanding during these times. We will start meeting in person again, once we are allowed to do so.

Bob


Re: Event: Red Cross So. Cal Region Weekly DMR Net - 08/31/2021 #cal-reminder

Nat 2733E N6BRV
 

Request email Check-in for DMR net.

 

73' N6BRV Nat S.

 

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Subject: [ARC2-SDICC] Event: Red Cross So. Cal Region Weekly DMR Net - 08/31/2021 #cal-reminder

 

Reminder: Red Cross So. Cal Region Weekly DMR Net

When:
08/31/2021
8:30pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
So. Cal Region DMR Talkgroup 311057

Organizer: Bob Birch Bob.Birch3@...

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Description:
Net Control:   Bill K6HMS


Event: Red Cross So. Cal Region Weekly DMR Net - 08/31/2021 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Red Cross So. Cal Region Weekly DMR Net

When:
08/31/2021
8:30pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
So. Cal Region DMR Talkgroup 311057

Organizer: Bob Birch Bob.Birch3@...

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Description:
Net Control:   Bill K6HMS


Event: Red Cross Communications Team Weekly Net - 08/31/2021 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Red Cross Communications Team Weekly Net

When:
08/31/2021
8:00pm to 8:30pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
PAPA System Analog Repeaters #7, 9, 10, 11, 15 & 18

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Description:
Net Control - K6REW
North Check-Ins - N6BRV
South Check-Ins - KN6DKN
Sysop - KG6RGI

If the PAPA System is unavailable please migrate to the PARC 130 machine (147.130 MHz, "+" offset, PL 107.2).


Event: Red Cross So. Cal Region Weekly DMR Net - 08/31/2021 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Red Cross So. Cal Region Weekly DMR Net

When:
08/31/2021
8:30pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
So. Cal Region DMR Talkgroup 311057

Organizer: Bob Birch Bob.Birch3@...

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Description:
Net Control:   Bill K6HMS


Event: Red Cross Communications Team Weekly Net - 08/31/2021 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Red Cross Communications Team Weekly Net

When:
08/31/2021
8:00pm to 8:30pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
PAPA System Analog Repeaters #7, 9, 10, 11, 15 & 18

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Description:
Net Control - K6REW
North Check-Ins - N6BRV
South Check-Ins - KN6DKN
Sysop - KG6RGI

If the PAPA System is unavailable please migrate to the PARC 130 machine (147.130 MHz, "+" offset, PL 107.2).


Coming Soon: New and Improved Groupshare (My Groups)

Bob Birch
 

Please see below, there are some changes coming to Volunteer Connection Group Shares. As you will read below this is vendor driven, so we are along for the ride.

 

 

 

  

Good News from National Volunteer Services: GroupShare (My Groups) is getting a makeover!

 

What? 

 

 

 

 

Everyone is strongly encouraged to:

Groupshare Leaders, please stay tuned for additional information and resources!

When?

The vendor has scheduled roll-out tentatively for Monday, August 30, 2021. 

Why? 

 

 

 

Upgraded, modern look + functions for all groupshares under your 'My Groups' tab. The overall layout is also being updated to be mobile friendly (e.g., on smart phones and tablets).

Please Note: This upgrade is vendor-driven and the Red Cross will not have the option to use the old version of GroupShare.

 

Resources?    

Tip sheets and videos are available in Volunteer Connection under your 'My NHQ' tab, Resource Library, then search for groupshare. 

 

 

For all other questions, please feel free to reach out to your local Chapter's Volunteer Engagement Specialist.

 

Thank you for volunteering your time and talents with the Red Cross! 

 


Earthquake Warning App

Steve
 

Earthquake / shake warning feature has been added today to the SDEmergency app for Android and iPhone.  Works in the whole State of CA if you are traveling.

(You don't have to be a member of Facebook to view...)

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=550802196065201&ref=watch_permalink


Event: Red Cross So. Cal Region Weekly DMR Net - 08/24/2021 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Red Cross So. Cal Region Weekly DMR Net

When:
08/24/2021
8:30pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
So. Cal Region DMR Talkgroup 311057

Organizer: Bob Birch Bob.Birch3@...

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Description:
Net Control:   Bob KG6RGI


Event: Red Cross Communications Team Weekly Net - 08/24/2021 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Red Cross Communications Team Weekly Net

When:
08/24/2021
8:00pm to 8:30pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
PAPA System Analog Repeaters #7, 9, 10, 11, 15 & 18

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Description:
Net Control - AK6QJ
North Check-Ins - KG6RGI
South Check-Ins - KJ6MVB
Sysop - W6SJK

If the PAPA System is unavailable please migrate to the PARC 130 machine (147.130 MHz, "+" offset, PL 107.2).


[SEC-ARES] FEMA Offering Assistance through the National Exercise Program

Bruce
 

To Red Cross DST

This FEMA "exercise" training could be useful for Red Cross DST to take advantage of!

They have the expertise to develop training that could greatly benefit Red Cross preparedness level!

73   Bruce WA6DNT@...  (respond to Juno, as my Red Cross account is still non-functional)



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Subject: [SEC-ARES] FEMA Offering Assistance through the National Exercise Program
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2021 12:52:12 -0400
From: Barry Porter, KB1PA via groups.io <BarryP13@...>
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To: main@sec-ares.groups.io <main@SEC-ARES.groups.io>




Begin forwarded message:

From: "FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)" <fema@...>
Subject: FEMA Offering Assistance through the National Exercise Program
Date: August 24, 2021 at 12:50:13 PM EDT
Reply-To: fema@...


FEMA

NIMS Alert 33-21

FEMA Offering Assistance through the National Exercise Program

FEMA is accepting requests for exercise support through the National Exercise Program. State, local, tribal and territorial jurisdictions and their whole community partners can request no-cost assistance for exercise design, development, conduct and evaluation to validate capabilities across all mission areas. Fall 2021 requests for support are due by Nov. 1

Exercises are an important way to validate a community’s preparedness as part of the National Preparedness System.  The National Exercise Program is a two-year cycle of exercises across the nation that examines and validates capabilities in all preparedness mission areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery.

To help communities meet their preparedness goals, FEMA offers support for exercises at no cost from experienced exercise specialists in the National Exercise Division. Support could include assistance with exercise design, scenario development, planning, conduct, and evaluation in the form of subject-matter expertise, material production, or facilitation for selected exercises. The National Exercise Division also has experience in virtual exercise delivery best practices due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Eligibility


State, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions are eligible to submit requests for exercise support. Non-profit, private sector, and federal entities are only eligible if they collaborate with government partners as a co-sponsor or on their exercise planning team.

Local and tribal jurisdictions, as well as new sponsors who have not submitted support requests in the past, are heavily encouraged to apply.  All exercises submitted will be considered; however, support depends on resource availability and the request package submitted. Submissions are reviewed by a panel representing FEMA and other federal exercise subject-matter experts.


Submission Deadline

FEMA accepts requests for exercise support twice a year, spring and fall.  Fall 2021 exercise support round submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Nov. 1 and decisions will be sent by Dec. 10. FEMA will hold additional exercise support rounds in spring and fall of 2022.

FEMA is hosting a series of webinars to provide information on the exercise support process for fall. All webinars will cover the same content. Please visit the NEP webinar page to register. The webinar dates are:

  • Webinar 1: 1 p.m. ET on Aug. 30.
  • Webinar 2: 2 p.m. ET on Sept.7.
  • Webinar 3: 3 p.m. ET on Sept. 15.
  • Webinar 4: 4 p.m. ET on Sept. 23.
  • Webinar 5: 1 p.m. ET on Oct. 1.

How to Submit a Support Request

  1. Download and complete the exercise nomination form.
  2. Contact your FEMA regional exercise officer and express your intent to submit, so they can maintain visibility on requests across their region.
  3. Submit the exercise nomination form and required supporting documentation by email to nep@.... Please include “National Exercise Program Exercise Support Request” in the email subject line.

Considerations for Exercise Sponsors

  • When preparing your nomination form, consider planning and development design time for each event. For example, discussion-based exercises require at least four months and operational-based or full-scale exercises require a minimum of nine months for planning and development.
  • FEMA encourages participants to consider which exercises to submit when working on the jurisdiction’s Integrated Preparedness Plan in accordance with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program.
  • The most successful exercise request will demonstrate how FEMA’s support contributes to the jurisdiction’s overall preparedness. Please refer to National Exercise Program webpage for more information on the exercise support process and frequently asked questions.

Contact Us


If you have any questions, please contact the FEMA Office of External Affairs:

  • Intergovernmental Affairs at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@...
  • Tribal Affairs at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-Tribal@...
  • Private Sector Engagement at (202) 646-3444 or at nbeoc@...

About NIMS

NIMS provides stakeholders across the whole community with the shared vocabulary, systems and processes to successfully deliver the capabilities described in the National Preparedness System. It defines operational systems that guide how personnel work together during incidents.

Learn More


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Re: Event: Red Cross Communications Team Weekly Net - 08/24/2021 #cal-reminder

 

Please grant me electronic check-in for tonight's analog net.

Thanks,
Chris
KD9LF


Event: Red Cross So. Cal Region Weekly DMR Net - 08/24/2021 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Red Cross So. Cal Region Weekly DMR Net

When:
08/24/2021
8:30pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
So. Cal Region DMR Talkgroup 311057

Organizer: Bob Birch Bob.Birch3@...

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Description:
Net Control:   Bob KG6RGI


Event: Red Cross Communications Team Weekly Net - 08/24/2021 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Red Cross Communications Team Weekly Net

When:
08/24/2021
8:00pm to 8:30pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
PAPA System Analog Repeaters #7, 9, 10, 11, 15 & 18

View Event

Description:
Net Control - AK6QJ
North Check-Ins - KG6RGI
South Check-Ins - KJ6MVB
Sysop - W6SJK

If the PAPA System is unavailable please migrate to the PARC 130 machine (147.130 MHz, "+" offset, PL 107.2).


Re: Training during the Pandemic

Mark Warrick (KM6ZPO) <mark@...>
 

Hello Bruce and All,

I'm glad Bruce said something.  He's right that our neighbors are practicing regularly (LAX ARES, SDG ARES).  I follow what they are doing.  I participate in their exercises periodically.  

Here in Orange County, most RACES / ARES orgs continue to be shuttered.  The members of these organizations are doing some exercises but overall nobody is doing anything.  

We're only good as the tools we bring with us, and the experience we can offer.  Without regular training and continuous improvement, I wonder how useful we can actually be in a disaster.  

Here's the question, "If we had that major 8+ earthquake right now, what would we do?"   I've heard, "we'll call you and let you know". 

What if all power and phone service is down?  

Where's the emergency action plan?  

When I was an emergency coordinator for OCHEART, there was a plan.  It needed refinement, but at least a plan existed.   We all knew what to do.  

I educated myself.  I went way beyond the entry level courses required to be an operator for OCHEART and Anaheim RACES.  I completed EC-016 training which is required to be an "emergency coordinator".  

I ultimately left OCHEART because I felt they were going nowhere.  They weren't training.   A weekly net check in is not training.  

I joined up with Anaheim RACES because it was my back yard at the time.  I'm staying with them because they have a specific need: fire watch.  I've done fire watch training.  I've done a fire watch patrol.  I know what to do when we get a red alert.  My go-bag for fire watch is always ready.   I am always ready for a fire watch.  

I am new to the American Red Cross DST team, so I'm still trying to figure out where I "fit in".  I am patient.  I bring a lot of skills with me.  I didn't join ARC to do weekly check ins.  I joined to be ready to respond when needed.  But at this point, I have no idea what to do if something happens locally.  Fires, earthquakes, power outages, etc. - what do I do?  I have no clue.

So yes, we definitely need exercises.   And we need maintenance.  We're way beyond needing to make sure the radio rooms in our chapters are operational and that everyone knows how to use them.  Sooner or later a disaster will strike, and we'll be unprepared.  We'll be scrambling to put together ad hoc team with ad hoc instructions of what to do.  I just hope that we can be relevant and useful when that day comes because at least on an individual level, each member didn't wait for the management to exercise.  They did it on their own.  

I am available just about any weekend for exercises.  I am eager to participate.  I just need willing participants.  That's why I posted a request for participants in the 9/11 P2P drill we're doing here in Orange County.  Even if I needed to travel to San Diego, I would participate.  Or I would post up somewhere in San Clemente for long-haul comms.  

Feel free to reach out to me personally if you want to exercise.

---mark
mark@...
http://km6zpo.com

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