Do you have a Plan?

This is an interesting topic for discussion. Some will say that when an event happens the fact there is a plan is important. Others will say that the plan goes out the window once someone attempts to use the plan.

Plans are important tools that yes, are both important and useless at some point. They provide people with a baseline of training after reading the Plan Manual so that everyone in the county, district or state have at minimum some working knowledge about how a call-out occurs. What constitutes a event worth a call-out. And lastly what to do when that call-out occurs.

It does no one in our Organization nor the Served Agency any good if we walk into a situation and do not have some idea of how we might do something, have tested the procedure, refined it and then made the findings known to all involved.

For a sample of some plans, see the downloads section for two from Macomb County that the staff there developed and are in the process of testing out. Or look at one from out west. This is another subject that bears some consideration in every County and District in Michigan. (ARPSC_Guide_1_0A.doc, skywarn_guide_1_0.pdf, emerg-responder-manual.pdf)

Already have one, Congratulations! Then again maybe it's already outdated. If you haven't looked at it in the past year maybe it's time to re-visit the plan. Things as we know are changing in leaps and bounds and in most cases it is nearly impossible to keep up entirely. Please consider writing or updating yours today! Or share yours with the rest of us. Again there is no right nor wrong way to develop one of these and in fact they should be a living document that periodically under goes scrutiny and updating. The only TRUE wrong way is to not have any sort of plan written out.

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