The CT ARES Region 3 Emergency Operations Plan is being rewritten. Again.
For now, please follow these instructions (Revised 3/19/2015):
- When you hear of an emergency or pending severe weather, check the following for a change in the ARES Alert level:
- For those with DMR radios, check the CT ARES STATEWIDE talk group.
- The state ARES web site, ctares.org
- The state ARES discussion list
- The email address you listed in the ARES member database
- You may also be alerted by phone
- A resource net may be started on your town's local ARES net or on a regional repeater listed in the ICS-205 for region 3
- If the ARES alert level changes from zero, contact your local ARES EC and follow instructions
- You may be asked to check into a local ARES net.
- You may be asked to act as net control
- You may be asked to act as liaison between your local net and another
- Check into regional ARES nets on repeaters listed on the ICS-205 for the region, but LISTEN CAREFULLY! Only respond if you are in the category they are looking for.
- If you have Skywarn training and proper measuring instruments and severe weather is forecast, check into Skywarn weather nets for your area
- ARES OPERATORS DO NOT SELF-DEPLOY to served agencies. If your town or a state agency, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, or a public health facility need amateur radio operators, they will
contact state or region level ARES officials, who will pass on the requests to the EC's for assignment.
- If you respond to an agency request through another channel as a result of a prior commitment such as a RACES or CERT team, please let your ARES EC know about that potential conflict for
The final EOP will contain additional information regarding use of the CT ARES DMR network, HF, packet, NTS, and other digital modes to communicate during emergencies. For now,
contact your EC if these methods are needed.