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Overview of the Spring 2013 Section Exercise

John McDonough

American Radio Relay League Michigan Section

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Each Spring the Michigan Section holds an exercise for ARES and NTS to supplement the annual SET held each October. This document provides information necessary to participants in the 2013 exercise.

1. Introduction

Twice each year the Michigan Section holds Section-wide exercises. These exercises are designed to test needed communications skills. In recent exercises, the emphasis has been on developing the ARES-NTS interface, and working with the various FEMA forms.
The Fall exercise is the annual ARRL SET. This is always held on the first Saturday in October. This is typically a fairly in-depth exercise. The exercise attempts to provide opportunities for the various jurisdictions to interface with served agencies. Although the Section-wide portion of the exercise is rarely a full-scale exercise, the opportunity is there for the local jurisdictions to develop their own FSE.
The Spring exercise is usually more focused. Typically, the exercise exploits some particular skill. Generally the effort required of local jurisdictions is minimal, in order to give those jurisdictions the opportunity to develop activities to practice locally required skills.
The Spring 2013 exercise will also be a very simple exercise, focused on a few skills. Unlike many recent exercises, there is no scenario, no surprise injects, no evaluators. Jurisdictions will follow a pre-planned script designed to cause each jurisdiction to execute specific tasks. Evaluation will be as observed from the SEOC, as well as input from ECs.