A monthly meeting with a guest speaker such as Richard Hartman, N6DAW, Maintenance Superintendent, 2nd Combat Communications Squadron, California Air National Guard. He described his squadron's communications equipment and capabilities; included was a Mark 108 Humvee the squadron used for emergency communications on the island of Kauai after Hurricane Iniki.
County RACES participants, in uniform, (two-tone blue, light over dark, similar to fire dispatch uniforms) reported to a local Mall for the event called "Emergency Services: A Focus on Preparedness". A RACES exhibit was open inside the mall after the conclusion of a Mall Disaster Drill. Their goal was to explain to the public how RACES enhances Public Safety communications in an emergency.
A Special Statewide Election offered another application. 30 members, in uniform and with Handie-Talkies, at ballot pickup points in 16 cities and at the vote tally center.
Responded to communications Mutual Aid requests: July 4th parade; a city festival; city request for March of Dimes Walk-America; search for missing Boy Scout in mountains of an adjacent county - thirty-two RACES people responded to an all city mutual aid request over a 6 day period.
Exercises and drills included County RACES activation for a statewide drill at the EOC providing personnel with the chance to test the EOC equipment and interface with other agencies. Annual SET, simulated emergency test, and Field Day, County Marathon covering 26 miles across several cities with over 100 operators used for the coordination.
May this stimulate ideas for you and help your unit achieve its goals. Thanks for your efforts in this field. May 1995 be a year in which you find peace of mind and joy in all that you do.
s/s Stan Harter and Cary Mangum.