Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K4AAQ, Oct 28, 2017.
Exactly! Leadership incompetence!
Just listen more carefully to the OP video between 2:00:00 and 2:20:00. And read what Jeremy wrote in his Guide (link posted previously).
Hey, you're the "newly minted ARES EC" insider with ARC experience and connections. You should inquire up though those chains-of-command to find out what they say happened. Why was the ARES ham deployment for Maria cut so short, especially on remote places like Culebra. Report what you're told back here; I won't be holding my breath for much.
Besides some intra-ham melodramatics at the San Juan ARES HQ, it seems some kind of turf war also developed between FEMA / SHARES vs. ARC/ ARRL.
73 de John - WØPV
FEMA was, is my understanding, glad the hams came in. FEMA's frustrations lie with severe understaffing given the emergency's magnitude. This led to such disagreements.
The future---Hams on FIRSTNET?
Untrue. The ARRL is NOT experienced in running major disasters, ever!
In any case, experience in the 1936 New England floods (or any other event more than a couple years past) is lost in the mists of time.
The ARRL really does not have any significant 'corporate knowledge" in emergency operations, and has no formal plans that are published, practiced or available for instant execution.
This is not negative criticism. Merely fact.
ARC has a volunteer database with identified Amateur License holders ..... Wonder why they didn't use it?
What's that smell?
What about the Force of Fifty? I read it on the Internet.
Turn off the emotional rants, please.
You mean da Faux O'Fiddy?
I exaggerated for effect a bit on background check examples, but even a lowly once-every-ten-years official US Census taker gets finger-printed and run through the FBI.
The ARRL has a national database of members it maintains. That ought to include records on their status as certifiably trained and available for ARES duty. Of course the training has to be relevant and graded too.
Yes, a confirmation from an EC is exactly the kind of reference, but the EC still has to do the job correctly, ie, know the individual and properly assess their skills, personality, suitability for the situation.
Some folks have not seen this important web page. I think the ARRL had its head in the right place and we should keep the dissing down to a dull hiss...just make sure, our colleagues in Newington, that we all learn the lessons that come out of Maria (and admit our errors), and again thank you to those who volunteered, and those who were and are generous in their support.
The urgency remains and still more ham efforts will become clear shortly, by other ham groups as well.....