Disaster Communication Brief & Exercise-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Disaster Communications Brief & Exercise

Brief: Sunday May 22, 12:00pm, Bldg 23, Rm 118
Exercise: Sunday May 22, 1:00pm, Bldg 23, vehicle lot

Jim Aspinwall, Coastal Region/MAR 2 ACS Officer, Deputy State RACES Officer, California Emergency Management Agency

This session employs multiple voice and data technologies with communications support for the relocation of Santa Clara County's Emergency Operations Center, including HF (3-30 MHz) NVIS and ALE implementations as well as voice and packet data over VHF and UHF (150 and 450 MHz) systems. The Incident Command System will be exercised from the response through recovery phases of one or more localized incidents. Local and out of area communications are expected to stress the importance of multiple means of communication and spectrum use.

About the Speaker:
Jim is responsible for the Cal EMA Coastal Region Auxiliary Communications Service, comprised of professional and amateur radio communications members supporting the region's 16 counties' public safety and RACES communications needs for disasters and special events. Serving Cal EMA for six-years, he one of the State's many unpaid professionals in this capacity, FCC licensed in commercial and amateur services for over 30 years, a former volunteer firefighter in Texas, with response experience in Hurricane Alicia, the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, Cosco Buson oil spill and the Indians Fire complex. His technical career spans medical, scientific, forensic, research, communications and information technology.