Hurricane Harvey

FEMA releases Refreshed NIMS

Individual and Community Preparedness eBrief

October 17, 2017



In this issue:
* FEMA Releases the Refreshed National Incident Management System


FEMA Releases the Refreshed National Incident Management System
This year’s active hurricane and fire seasons highlight the importance of working together before, during, and after disasters of all types and sizes. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a common, nationwide approach to enable the whole community to work together to manage all threats and hazards. Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the refreshed NIMS to ensure that this important guidance continues to reflect the collective expertise of the whole community. NIMS applies to all incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity. Through an iterative process of engagement with stakeholders from across the Nation, FEMA reviewed more than 3,000 comments to update NIMS guidance and incorporate the collective expertise and experience of the whole community.
The refreshed NIMS:
* Retains key concepts and principles of the 2004 and 2008 versions of NIMS;
* Reflects and incorporates policy updates from lessons learned from exercises and real-world incidents and disasters;
* Clarifies the processes and terminology for qualifying, certifying, and credentialing incident personnel, building a foundation for the development of a national qualification system;
* Clarifies that NIMS is more than just the Incident Command System (ICS), and that it applies to all incident personnel, from the incident command post to the National Response Coordination Center;
* Describes common functions and terminology for staff in Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), while remaining flexible to allow for differing missions, authorities, and resources of EOCs across the nation; and
* Explains the relationship among ICS, EOCs, and senior leaders/policy groups.
FEMA will host a series of 60-minute webinars to discuss the updates in the refreshed NIMS and answer questions related to NIMS. The webinars will be open to the whole community. To review the refreshed NIMS document and for additional webinar information, visit: www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system.
FEMA continues to support strengthening the security and resilience of the Nation by working to improve the ability of all to manage incidents, events, and emergencies.

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73,

Terry Jones
Emergency Coordinator
Williamson County ARES
Williamson County RACES
EM10co, Williamson County, Tx
512-426-2351

WCARES meeting at 1930 tonight. Jester Annex

Tonight is our Monthly WCARES meeting.
1930 – 2100 Hours at Jester Annex, Round Rock.
Directions at WC-ARES.org

Agenda for tonight includes:

Outlaw 100 Bike Race this Saturday
Greg Fuqua, K5GRG, DRATS overview. WCARES event coordination software.
Mark Esslinger, W5MAE, Go Kit demonstration.

This is one NOT to miss.
Visitors Welcome.
See you there.

73,

Terry Jones, K5LGV
Emergency Coordinator
Williamson County ARES
Williamson County RACES
EM10co, Williamson County, TX
terry@k5lgv.com
512-426-2351

Nile Virus in mosquito detected in Cedar Park

With most of us outside quite a bit right now, especially with the kids ball practices and games most evenings, I saw this and am passing it along. We also have a couple race events coming up with WCARES and other clubs. 
Nile Virus detected in mosquito in Southwest Cedar Park area. Here is the link.    
 
This came out today. So, spray that repellant!

Terry Jones, K5LGV
Emergency Coordinator
Williamson County ARES (WC-ARES)
Williamson County RACES
terry@k5lgv.com
512-426-2351

SATERN personnel request

ARRL has posted a request for Amateur Radio operator support to possibly deploy to Caribbean.
Follow this link:

www.arrl.org/news/salvation-army-seeks-amateur-radio-operators-for-possible-caribbean-deployment

Realize that you may be in austere conditions for extended time. They are asking for you to deploy your radio gear.
I do not have specific info on this. This has not been an ARES specific request at this time.
As always please provide me with your intent or selection if you submit yourself for deployment so that I can account for who from our team is deployed.
This is one of those times, for those locations, when all else has failed, and the call is going out for Amateur Radio support.
73,

Terry Jones, K5LGV
Emergency Coordinator
Williamson County ARES (WC-ARES)
Williamson County RACES
terry@k5lgv.com
512-426-2351

IRMA recovery volunteers update

See email below..
73,

Terry Jones, K5LGV
Emergency Coordinator
Williamson County ARES
Williamson County RACES
EM10co, Williamson County, TX
terry@k5lgv.com
512-426-2351

From: Jeff Walter KE5FGA [mailto:jawalter6@comcast.net] Sent: Sunday, September 17, 2017 4:18 PM To: terry@k5lgv.com Subject: IRMA recovery volunteers update

A forward from ARRL HQ to STX ASEC’s, DEC’s and EC’s

Dear ARRL Official: The ARRL has been asked to share the following from the Communications Branch Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management: __________________________________________________________________ “The State of Florida appreciates the service of ARES. State of Florida SEOC and its staff will never request individuals or provide individuals any information on an incident. All requests for individuals in the ARES program in the State of Florida will follow the North Florida ARES Plan and direction of their Section Manager Stephen Szabo. Absolutely no direct communications to the SEOC or its staff is to be made by individuals to request to be deployed or provide services at anytime.” __________________________________________________________________ Any amateur wishing to volunteer to assist needs to go through the ARRL Northern Florida Manager Steve Szabo’s established processes, as that is the system Florida Emergency Management is utilizing to coordinate Amateur Radio activities. Under no circumstances should individual Amateurs contact Florida Emergency Management. We also remind ARRL / ARES volunteers who may be assisting in support of the ongoing relief and recovery efforts that the only persons who should be speaking on behalf of the ARRL or its field organization are the ARRL Section Manager or their Public Information Coordinator / Public Information Officer. Unfortunately we have had reports of false information being apparently shared via Amateur Radio channels. This type of misinformation can negatively affect the hard work being done by various Emergency Management agencies involved, as well as the various agencies also providing assistance, and can be harmful to the efforts of the Amateur community trying to assist in the response and relief efforts. ARRL SMs, PICs, and PIOs only provide information publicly where it has been vetted by state officials, and only as directed. Unauthorized false reports can seriously and negatively impact the work of relief and recovery officials as well as damage the good relationships that Amateurs have in those relief and recovery communities. Let the trained PICs/PIOs do their jobs! Thanks to the hundreds of Amateurs who are providing communications assistance as this story continues to unfold. With everyone working in concert and through appropriate channels, your work is helping make a difference.
Dan Henderson, N1ND Assistant Secretary, the American Radio Relay League, Inc. Regulatory Information Manager ARRL – the national association for Amateur Radio


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FCC Opens 630- and 2200-Meter Bands; Stations Must Notify UTC Before Operating

Please read this bulletin on the FCC requirements of notification before operating on the two new Amateur Bands.

We have very creative members. Let’s see what innovative applications can be developed for these allocations.

Terry Jones, K5LGV
Emergency Coordinator
Williamson County ARES (WC-ARES)
Williamson County RACES
terry@k5lgv.com
512-426-2351

Video of Solar Flare on 9/10

This link is a side view of the solar disc with the flare on the right side. Second largest this solar cycle per article.
Read the text to see how massive an event is recorded.

plus.google.com/+JamesEdwards780/posts/ch4UQhrCVEC?_utm_source=1-2-2

Link is to Google+

Terry Jones, K5LGV
Emergency Coordinator
Williamson County ARES (WC-ARES)
Williamson County RACES
terry@k5lgv.com
512-426-2351

WCARES meeting tonight at 1930 hours

Reminder that our monthly meeting is tonight, at Jester Annex in Round Rock at St 1930 hours.

We will be discussing our Hurricane Harvey response.
Kerby Spruiell , KG5DLD, TCARES Emergency Coordinator, will be a guest speaker tonight discussing their deployment activities with Harvey as well.

Go to WC-ARES.ORG for detailed directions. wc-ares.org/membership-joinupdate/meetings/

Look forward to seeing each of you there.

73,

Terry Jones, K5LGV
Emergency Coordinator
Williamson County ARES
Williamson County RACES
EM10co, Williamson County, TX
terry@k5lgv.com
512-426-2351

FW: Appreciation from FMRE

Notice to all WCARES members,

Please read the forwarded email of appreciation below from the President of Amateur Radio organization in Mexico to Tom Whiteside, N5TW today.

This is an example of the service that Amateur Radio provides, when catastrophe strikes. Having our systems ready and available at all times is paramount. Winlink is one of the tools in our cache. And there is a lot of experience with Winlink and digital systems in our membership. If you don’t know that much about, take the time to ask and learn. This Winlink capability is also part of your ARES taskbook to become Away Team qualified.

Many of our members have been providing service during Harvey, and may be in the near term with Irma. That is yet to be determined. This service crosses International Borders to provide support to those in their time of infrastructure failure.

Nice job Tom. Thank you for making your station available, and sharing with us.

73,

Terry Jones, K5LGV
Emergency Coordinator
Williamson County ARES
Williamson County RACES
EM10co, Williamson County, TX
terry@k5lgv.com
512-426-2351

From: Tom Whiteside [mailto:tomw@ecpi.com] Sent: Monday, September 11, 2017 4:08 PM To: ‘EC_District_07 Williamson County Terry Jones K5LGV’ <terry@k5lgv.com>; ‘DEC_District_07 Ken Malgren K7MAL’ <kmalgren@gmail.com> Subject: FW: Appreciation from FMRE

My station’s use in this was quite small but it shows the power of Winlink when things get messed up. A couple of their Winlink stations did big duty right after their earthquake autoforwarding emails during the early on communications issues.

Tom N5TW

From: Alfonso Tamez, XE2O [mailto:xe2o@skycam.mx] Sent: Monday, September 11, 2017 3:44 PM To: tomw@ecpi.com <mailto:tomw@ecpi.com> Cc: ‘Mike Burton’ <n6kzb@outlook.com <mailto:n6kzb@outlook.com> > Subject: Appreciation from FMRE

Dear Tom Whiteside, N5TW.

Tom, on behalf of Federacion Mexicana de Radioexperimentadores, A.C. (FMRE) thank you for your support with all the traffic of emails during the last week earthquake and hurricane that affected Mexico. Without any hesitation, Winlink prove once again, it’s the best communication service on emergency situations like the ones we have last week.

Our Winlink gateways lost internet sometimes and yours gave us the support we need to forward messages. If you need something from us, we will be glad to help.

73,
Alfonso Tamez, XE2O
President FMRE


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Fwd: WC5EOC-10

Dave Schudel, K5SGC, has replaced the PC at WC5EOC-10 located at Wilco ESOC today with an ARES pc per his email below. This is to solve the issue with that station going offline every week.
Dave has set it up to boot up straight into RMS, should the system reboot. 
Packet Cavalry, please give it a test this week.
Thanks Dave!

Terry Jones, K5LGV
Emergency Coordinator
Williamson County ARES (WC-ARES)
Williamson County RACES
terry@k5lgv.com
512-426-2351
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Dave Schudel <dave@schudel.com&gt;

Subject: WC5EOC-10
To: Terry Jones <terry@k5lgv.com&gt;,W5TA Dick Foster <w5ta@austin.rr.com&gt;
Cc: K7MAL Ken Malgren <kmalgren@gmail.com&gt;

I put the new machine in and tested RMS Packet & Express. W5NZE connected several times & downloaded a message. I also performed a reboot & let it come all the way up into RMS Packet with no interaction & John connected with no issues.

I shut the other laptop down but left it there.

Please let me know how it performs for the next few days.

73

Dave K5SGC

Sent from my phone