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Net Taxonomy 


Nets – Background
Share information in group setting
High volume can cause disorganization
Training and protocol promotes orderly communication
Move as much information as possible efficiently
Formal (Directed) or Informal (Open)
Voice, CW, Digital, etc.
County, District, Section, National, NIMS/ICS, NTS

Nets – Hiearchy
Net Manager – ensures ready trained pool Net Operators
Net Control Station (NCS) – directs and maintains order on net
Liason Stations – traffic between nets; served agency, EOC, hospital

Open (Informal) Nets
Less severe, low intensity situation
Before or After primary event
Station to Station traffic open
NCS monitors and makes adjustments as needed
Minimal chatter, Good Practices – Situation has priority



Directed (Formal) Nets
All traffic is through NCS
Majority of Nets are Directed
Call NCS using prescribed format and wait to be acknowledged
NCS prioritizes message/communication traffic
Subnets created as needed by NCS, Net Manager, Emerg Coordinator

Nets – Types (created as need; often combined into one/few nets)
Resource Net – Check-ins, direct to other nets, also logistics for small event
Traffic Net – Standard format messages
Tactical Net – Primary EMCOM, served agencies, rapid needs
Logistics Net – Equipment, supplies, transportation, etc.
Information Net – Announcements, QST’s, Bulletins, etc.
Digital Net – Lists, text, standard forms; quicker than voice
Others – Health & Welfare, Weather, Talk-in/directions, etc.

Message Precedence
Emergency – immediate protection of life or property
Priority – directly related to emergency but not as time critical
Health & Welfare – inquiries, information, whereabouts, condition
Routine – unrelated to emergency