MARHALL COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS TO PARTICIPATE IN DISTRICT-WIDE COMMUNICATIONS EXERCISE

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Indiana District 2 Emergency Communications Team radio amateurs will hold a Simulated Emergency Training (SET) exercise called “Operation Rainfall 22A”, Saturday, October 1, 2022.

This exercise is based on a simulated district-scale weather supercell generating unprecedented heavy rainfall; flooding along the St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Yellow Rivers in District 2, in addition to numerous lightning strikes, damaging infrastructure in several D2 counties. Such events can occur with little or no notice. The slogan we all see, “When all else fails, amateur radio,” would really come into its own with a complete breakdown of the communications infrastructure.

Operation Rainfall 22A will allow teams from various counties in District 2 to test their ability to communicate with other local districts and the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency and Indiana Homeland Security using only equipment amateur radio. In addition, individual amateur radio operators will help collect health and wellness and operational messages and provide them to the state using various voice and digital methods. The team will test its ability to deliver health and wellness messages to residents. This is a long-standing tradition for a resident to convey a message such as “I’m fine” to friends or family outside the affected area using a nationwide traffic system.

This exercise will include radio communications teams from services such as ARRL’s ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service), Marshall County Emergency Management Agency.

This exercise will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT on October 1, 2022 at the Marshall County Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

For more information or to attend as an observer, please contact Ruth Dilts (ARRL Public Information Officer)

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