TO: ALL WOOD COUNTY ARES MEMBERS (OFFICIAL)
ALL ARES AND NON-ARES AMATEURS ANYWHERE (INFORMATION)
FROM: KEN HARRIS WA8LLM ARRL DISTRICT 3 EMERGENCY COORDINATOR
WOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS INC.
WOOD COUNTY ARES BULLETIN NR 17.45 DATE: November 5, 2017
SUBJECT: GET ACQUAINTED BEFORE EMERGENCIES
The best time to get acquainted with people you may have to work with during emergencies and disasters is before they happen. Go to meetings that have people you may have to work with during such events. Learn who the people are, and what their jobs are. A lot of meetings have introductions before the meeting starts. Introduce yourself and what your position is. After the introductions you may be asked to expand on what you and your organization can bring to an emergency or disaster.
If you are not asked to expand on what you can provide after the introductions, or during the meeting, hang around after the meeting is over, and talk with those who might be interested. The next time you go to their meeting you may be asked to tell the rest of the group what you might be able to provide.
Talking with others after the meeting is over is sometimes more informative than the meeting itself. You will learn more about the people you may be working with during emergencies and disasters. They will also learn more about you. By learning what someone knows and can bring to and emergency will make the job a lot easier.
Ken Harris WA8LLM
Wood County WV