Emergency communications training exercise scheduled for Lewis County this weekend
By The Chronicle Staff
Lewis County Emergency Management and the Lewis County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) group will participate in a statewide emergency communications exercise on Saturday.
This exercise will help test the ability to meet the needs of the community during a disaster that caused long-term connectivity and a power outage, according to a press release from the county.
“Exercises like this give us the opportunity to test our emergency preparedness across Lewis County,” said Andy Caldwell, deputy county emergency management director. “The ARES Volunteer Communication Specialists play a vital role in our county’s disaster response plans – these volunteers are remarkable people who dedicate their time to prepare to help our county in the event of a disaster. need.
The ARES team will use amateur radios to receive messages at the Lewis County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) from communications specialists in Pe Ell, Winlock and Packwood. Once messages are received at the EOC, they will be relayed to the State Emergency Operations Center. This process ensures that all communities in Lewis County can stay connected under the worst circumstances, the statement said.
Those interested in learning more about the use of amateur radios in Lewis County during disasters can contact Lewis County Emergency Management at 360-740-1151.