50 Ham Radio Operators Needed For Red Cross Mobilization in Puerto Rico

50 Ham Radio Operators Needed For Red Cross Mobilization in Puerto Rico

The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked the ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. ARC needs up to 50 radio amateurs that can help record, enter and submit disaster survivor information into the ARC Safe and Well system. In the nearly 75-year relationship between ARRL and ARC this is the first time such a request for assistance on this scale has been made. ARRL now is looking for radio amateurs that can step up and volunteer to help our friends in Puerto Rico. There are very specific requirements and qualifications needed for this deployment.

Requirements Due to the nature of this deployment you will need to process in as ARC volunteers, including passing a background check. The ARC has indicated they will cover all expenses for transportation, lodging and feeding while on deployment. ARC will also provide liability coverage for volunteers. The only out of pocket expense to the volunteer would be personal items purchased during deployment.

ARRL and ARC will require training for volunteers being deployed. ARC will provide general deployment training and advanced training in working in austere environments. ARRL will provide to ARC training onAmateur Radio equipment and modes to be used, reporting and operating guidelines. Deployment will be for up to three weeks.

Qualifications – General class Amateur Radio license or higher – Familiarity with WinLink, HF voice, and VHF simplex communications – Strong technical skills – Ability to work under difficult conditions – Ability to deploy for up to three weeks – Ability to work as part of a team Helpful Skills – Spanish speaking – Previous experience in disaster response – Previous or current work as a Red Cross volunteer – Previous experience with shelter operations

If you feel that you meet these qualifications and would like to be considered for this deployment please contact ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, ki1u or 860-594-0222 who will make the introduction of qualified volunteers to ARC.

Requirements

· There are very specific requirements and qualifications needed for this deployment.

· Due to the nature of this deployment you will need to process in as ARC volunteers. This includes passing a background check. The ARC has indicated that it will cover all expenses for transportation, lodging, and feeding while on deployment. ARC will also provide liability coverage for volunteers. The only out-of-pocket expense to the volunteer would be personal items purchased during deployment.

· ARRL and ARC will require training for volunteers being deployed. ARC will provide general deployment training and advanced training in working in austere environments. ARRL will provide to ARC training on Amateur Radio equipment and modes to be used, reporting guidelines, and operating guidelines.

· Deployment will be for up to 3 weeks.

Qualifications

· General class Amateur Radio license or higher

· Familiarity with WinLink, HF voice, and VHF simplex communications

· Strong technical skills

· Ability to work under difficult conditions

· Ability to deploy for up to 3 weeks

· Ability to work as part of a team

Helpful Skills

· Spanish language skills

· Previous experience in disaster response

· Previous or current work as a Red Cross volunteer

· Previous experience with shelter operations

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