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 18.03 DATE: January 21, 2018
SUBJECT: WHEN IN THE AREA
If you become aware of an incident in the area where you are at, do you monitor the event? If you monitor what is going on, you may be able to help. A lot of the times when something happens in your area, there is not enough people to help. If the event is close, you might want to go to the event to see if you can help.
You should check with the person who is in charge and see if they can use your help. They may put you right to work, or they may tell you that you're not needed or wanted. In that case don't bother them anymore. Some times you will be told you're not needed at that time, but to stick around, they may be able to use you.
Depending on what the event is, you may or not be trained. If you are trained, then let the person in charge know. If you are not trained in the event, stand back and wait. They may need your help, but will assign you with someone who is trained. In either case don't make a nuisance of yourself.
Most of the time the person who is in charge will be busy and won't have much time to find out what you can do. The best time to let others know what you can do, or what you're trained in, is at drills and exercises. Once they know more about you, they may use you more often.
Ken Harris WA8LLM
Wood County WV