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Emergency Activation Level Definitions



LEVEL ZERO – No Emergency: Normal everyday operations.  No emergency or precipitating conditions exist.


LEVEL ONE – Awareness/Monitoring Phase: A potential for a communication emergency exists.  All Montgomery County ARES®, Inc. members should monitor the 146.640 repeater and email for information on preparing for deployment, and possible activation notices.


LEVEL TWO – Standby: An unusual condition or emergency exists that has caused government officials to declare a warning.  A communications emergency does not exist.  Montgomery County ARES will initiate a resource net.  All members should monitor the net frequency.  Members should make all preparations for possible activation. Members who are available for deployment will check into the resource net and state their availability and resources. When feasible, the resource net control will communicate and accept check-ins via email (such as those at work) as well as those on the radio.   


LEVEL THREE - Activation: -- A communication emergency exists, and volunteer operators and radio resources have been requested by one or more served agencies in Montgomery County or a mutual aid request has been received from another county.  If a resource net has not been activated (see level two, above), one will be activated now. Once available resources have been determined, further instructions will be given on the resource net frequency; one or more other nets may be activated to give instructions for deployment and for field operations.