The EMSA Executive Summary reads:
"This is California's 4th annual exercise, and we continue to expand the number of participants to include hospitals and other healthcare providers (including long-term care facilities and clinics;: pre-hospital care providers, auxiliary communications networks, blood banks and local and regional government agencies."As this is a communications bulletin only those aspects are included.
AUXILIARY COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS (ACS) EXERCISE Objectives:
ACS PRE-EXERCISE Objectives
ACS EXERCISE Objectives
Operational Area (Exercise Contact Objectives)
TIME LINE and DEADLINE for "Amateur Radio and Emergency Communications Systems:"
9/13/02 - Deadline to FAX Intent to Participate form to OA MEDICAL- HEALTH EXERCISE CONTACT (table list contacts in EACH OA)
11/14/02 - Exercise begins at 7 AM with event occurring at 8 AM During exercise, agency/facility status reports are due to OA EOC's. (See scenario simulation time line)
11/29/02 - Deadline to complete and mail the Master Answer Sheet to the CA EMS Authority to receive a participation certificate."
(NOTE: Emergency and ACS Providers have 14 questions on an "Exercise Evaluation Questionaire")The Exercise Guidebook, ACS Exercise Guidebook and Exercise Contact Toolkit are available at the following URL: www.emsa.cahwnet.gov/dms2/hospambex.asp
FORMS for ACS are in the ACS Exercise Guidebook Pages 25-29 and "are to be utilized when standard communications systems are not functioning, and information is conveyed through auxiliary communications systems. However, the data on these forms, based on the Response Information Management System (RIMS) fields, is critical information for the region and the State to receive from the operational area during a disaster."