Callouts, Pager Trees and Phone Trees.

Each of these and several more types of Call-Outs for an Emergency which have not been included here are by themselves not necessarily the correct answer for how to notify anyone of an Emergency. There are inherent problems with each of these types of Call-Outs which do not take into account various 'Murphyisms' or 'Murphy's Laws' that can and do happen.

Regular testing of several types of methods for announcing an Emergency should be done periodically in the course of a year and without letting a vast majority of the people know when they might happen. Sure you can give them a rough time frame say a weekend beginning Friday evening at 6 PM local and ending Sunday at 6 PM.

Obviously, while Emergencies can and do happen at anytime, you want to make sure that a test happens during a time when you can be sure to get the most participation. Three O'clock in the morning when almost everyone is asleep is a sure-fire way to set-up the exercise to fail.

Phone Trees rely on the simple fact that the Telephone system is still a viable communications device. Pagers can also rely on the telephone system or an Internet Connection which can or cannot be a telephone line also being available. Paging like some Fire Departments do via a local Repeater are an option if you can get a Repeater Controller to generate these tones.

Getting on the local repeaters and/or the prearranged and agreed upon frequencies relies on the simple fact that a majority of people regularly monitor those repeaters or frequencies. Everyone has a life beyond ARES/RACES/ARPSC. Odds are that on a week day, between say 8 AM and 5 PM your participation will also be somewhat limited to people who work afternoons or midnights, or retirees.

This all should be an on-going process and documented in the plan for your individual area such that all who read the plan and are members of the local ARES/RACES/ARPSC Group are aware of the various ways in which a Call-out might happen.

Test your systems today if you have not done so in a while. You may be surprised one way or the other with what you find as the end results. In the long run you and the people you serve will be all the better for the additional training that these Call-outs do.

Contact Section Leaders

Section Manager
Larry Camp, WB8R
71 Oakdale Lane
Coldwater, MI 49036
517-278-0406
517-617-4883

ASM Training
Daniel M Romanchik, KB6NU
1325 Orkney Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-2966
734-930-6564

Section Youth Coordinator
Gordon L Baldwin, W8CT
121 North Al Moses Rd
Lake City, MI 49651
231-839-6690

ASM Digital
John J. Nugent, WB8TKL
1316 Oak Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
734-484-5105

Affiliated Club Coordinator
Joseph B. Miller, KJ8O
6928 Forest Park Ct.
Troy, MI 48098
248-828-0616

Official Observer Coordinator
Ken Coughlin, N8KC
53762 Kristin Ct
Shelby Twp., MI 48316
248-652-1187

Public Information Coordinator
Patrick W. Mullet, KC8RTW
171 E. Orchard Ave.
Shepherd, MI 48883
989-695-0136

Section Emergency Coordinator
John J Mc Donough, WB8RCR
2211 Laurel Ln
Midland, MI 48642-3820
989-430-4855
989-631-0178

Section Traffic Manager
Mark Shaw, K8ED
2829 Dorchester
Birmingham, MI 48009
248-672-8225

State Government Liaison
Edward L Hude, WA8QJE
114 S College Rd
Mason, MI 48854-9786

Technical Coordinator
W Wallace Murray, KE8HR
1403 S Hill Rd
Milford, MI 48381-2854