From our Red Cross Liaison.
My usual jobs with Red Cross and ARES are assisting with Communications at Red Cross HQ, EOC Contact, Shelters, and Disaster Assessment.
What Red Cross Expects from ARES on Deployment
- Get a briefing from the Red Cross Manager/COML
- Establish ARES and Red Cross Liaisons to manage traffic
- Agree on the fastest way to exchange messages – paper, thumb drive, keep messages short, etc.
- Find out where you should set up
- Inform the Liaison of your capabilities, voice, data, and who you can contact
- Confirm with Red Cross Your Tactical Call Sign & Cell number
- Make sure you are in contact with the correct county EOC
- Check-in with Red Cross HQ
- Conduct all actions safely and protect confidential information
- Start your logs
Ongoing operations: What Red Cross will expect:
- Prompt delivery of messages to the intended recipient
- Prompt delivery of replies and acknowledgments to RC liaison
- You must keep a
- Unit Log ICS 214 (Personnel & Events) and
- Communication Log ICS 309 (messages with date and time)
- Make sure you have the equipment or resources to rapidly copy and deliver messages
- Notify RC Liaison of any communications outages or delays
- Confirm delivery of Digital Emergency communications by voice or acknowledgment
- Notify Red Cross on any personnel changes
- Make sure logs are up to date
- Ask if there is any way to improve service during the coming shift.
End of Deployment:
- Get permission to secure
- Delivery all logs to RC liaison
- Clean up
- Return to ARES resource Net
A fact of the post 9/11 world is that you cannot work in an EOC or with the Red Cross unless you have a completed background check. So please have your credentials showing a completed criminal background check.
To Learn More: Red Cross ARRL MOU
Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA
ARRL STX SEC