Event / Callout Kit

 

Each ECom member is expected to be prepared to respond as effectively as possible to a callout. No one is expected to ignore personal responsibilities to family or employer, nor unnecessarily risk their welfare!

First a word on Self-deployment

Self-deployment adds unnecessary stress to an already chaotic incident and drains allocated

resources. Self-deployed volunteers become part of the problem and not part of the solution.

We do not self-deploy.  There are no exceptions.

However, personal inconvenience or lack of preparation is insufficient reason for not supporting a callout! How do I prepare? Put together a “go-bag” of the items suggested in the equipment list shown below. Please understand that you are not expected to stuff your entire ham shack, closet and pantry into a time capsule in preparation for an alternative life style in support of ECom. Rather that you think about the items you do not have and acquire them while there is time and no urgency. The list includes virtually everything you will need to be helpful in an ECom event. We suggest you maintain one “go-bag” with the items that you would need only during a deployment and possibly a second (or it could be just a list) of the items that, when added to the first, will provide you with the personal supplies and radio equipment to make you much more effective and comfortable during an event.To summarize, don’t wait until you are called, to assemble your “go-bag”. Do it in advance at your leisure.And if you look each ‘Kit’ has pieces and parts of other kits , with the everyday carry being the foundation .

[  ]  Your Every Day Carry

Personal Equipment

[  ] Cares/Ares/Served-Agency Identification Card
[  ] Copy Of Amateur Radio License
[  ] Mobile Radio (dual Band If Possible)
[  ] Handheld Radio (dual Band If Possible)
[  ] Spare Battery Packs (High-Capacity Ni-Mh  rechargeable And Aa Dry Cell Pack)
[  ] Headset, Speaker-Mic.**DO Not Use The Vox Option**
[  ] 19in. Mag. Mount/Ground Plane Antenna (will Function On 70cm)
[  ] Roll-Up J-Pole

[  ] COAX Jumpers And Connectors
[  ] Connector Adapters (BNC/PL259, BNC/So239, SMA , SMAF)
[  ] Frs/Gmrs Radio, Not For ARES / RACES Comms But Good To Have
[  ] Duct Tape
[  ] Shorthand Notebook, Pen & Clip Board
[  ] Watch
[  ] Maps Of The Area (Topo And Street)!!!
[  ] Compass And/Or GPS
[  ] ARES Field Resources Manual
[  ] Local ARES/RACES Frequency Band Plan
[  ] List Of Served Agency Phone Numbers In Your Area (not Just Your District)
[  ] Boundary-Marking Tape
[  ] Insect Repellent

Comfort & Safety Items

[  ] Yellow/ Orange ARES / CARES Safety Vest
[  ] Safety Bump / Hard Hat
[  ] 5 To 7 Day Supply Of Personal Medication!
[  ] Warm Clothing & Boots (bright Colors For Shirts And Jackets)
[  ] Hat – (this Is Important For Everyone)
[  ] Gloves
[  ] Spare Glasses (spare Contact Solutions If You Wear Them)
[  ] First Aid Kit
[  ] N95 Mask / Respirator
[  ] Supply Of Water (the Warmer , The More You Need But Everyone Needs Water With Them)
[  ] Toilet Paper/Kleenex
[  ] Moist Towelette Packets
[  ] Sun Screen (winter Or Summer)
[  ] Rain Suit
[  ] Space Blanket
[  ] Plastic Ground Cover Tarp
[  ] Spare Shoe Laces And Some Twine
[  ] Wool Blanket
[  ] Fanny-Pack/Back-Pack
[  ] Sports/Bicycle Water Bottle
[  ] High Energy Snacks
[  ] Large Trash Bags
[  ] Flashlight W/Extra Batteries
[  ] Whistle

Tools:

[  ] Leatherman Type Multi-Tool
[  ] Swiss Army – Type – Knife
[  ] Screw Driver (phillips And Flat)
[  ] Pliers
[  ] Side Cutter
[  ] Cresent Wrench
[  ] Electrical Tape
[  ] VOM
[  ] Fence Pliers (includes Hammer)
[  ] Crimp Tool (includes Wire Stripper)
[  ] Assortment Of Crimp Connectors, Nails, Brads, Tacks
[  ] A lot Of  4″, 8″ And 12″ Plastic Cable Ties
[  ] Duct Tape
[  ] Electrical Tape
[  ] Cooler With Food & Drink
[  ] Lawn Chair
[  ] Folding  Table
[  ] Umbrella (sun Or Rain) We are in Oregon after all

 

Forms ARRL
[ ] FSD-3, Numbered Radiograms
[ ] FSD-218, Formal Messages
[ ] FSD-220, Communication Procedures
[ ] FSD-255, Emergency Reference Information Forms:

Forms ICS
[  ] I CS 205—Incident Radio Communications Plan
[  ] ICS 205-A—Communications List
[  ] ICS 213—General Message
[  ] ICS 216—Radio Requirements Worksheet
[  ] ICS 217—Radio Frequency Assignment Worksheet
[  ] ICS 309—Communications Log
[  ] Net Control Sheet

Optional Items:

[  ] 3 Wire Ac Extension Cord W/2-3 Pin Adaptor
[  ] Ac To 12v Power Supply
[  ] Soldering Iron W/Solder
[  ] Nut Driver Set
[  ] Folding Set Of Allen/Torx Wrenches
[  ] Zip Cord
[  ] Cash (for Pay Phones & If Power Is Out)
[  ] Transistor Radio
[  ] Binoculars


Hf Unique:

[  ] Hf Rig (12V Dc Preferred) With:
[  ] Mic
[  ] Key
[  ] Head Phones, External Speaker
[  ] Tuner
[  ] 50+ Ft. Of Rg8x Or Better
[  ] Nvis Antenna: Which Is Not A Mobile Vertical.
[  ] 75m Dipole Or 130 Ft Of Wire
[  ] Insulators
[  ] 3 Masts, 8ft Or More, Preferably Non-Conductive
[  ] Guy Rope
[  ] Tent Pegs For Guys
[  ] Lead Weight & 50 Ft Light Line For Tossing Over Branches
[  ] “Loud” Marking Tape To Warn Passers-By Of Guys, Lines.

Data


[  ] Portable Computer With Printer
[  ] Amtor/Pactor Capable TNC (with Mailbox If Possible)

[  ] SignaLink / Cables and Jumpers
[  ] Power Source (one Or More):
[  ] 12v Gel Cell 75 A/H W/ Charger

 

You should have 5 to 7 days of food and water, that will be another  story….

Marking your Equipment
There are very few people that would knowingly relieve you of your equipment but during an emergency there is a lot of confusion. If you have each piece of your equipment marked with your name and call it will be much easier to ensure your equipment is returned to you at the completion of the event.

Connectors and Your Equipment
Standardized Power Connectors , use Anderson power poles
During public service events or emergencies you could easily need to connect your radio to someone else’s power supply or someone else may need to connect their radio to your power supply. To facilitate this inter connectivity a standard for power connectors is necessary.