On Saturday, Oct. 8th from 9 AM to 12 Noon members of the South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club participated in the annual ARRL NNJ SECTION ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST Via Middlesex County ARES.

The scenario involved a hurricane that was downgraded to a tropical storm. A Flood warning was issued for Monmouth County and portions of Middlesex County

In anticipation, county EOC’s in the NNJ section were put “on alert” as were other agencies such as the Red Cross, local hospitals and area shelters at the county and local municipal levels. ARES in the NNJ section was also put “on alert” and the section net was activated for this event.

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SPARC utilized the South Plainfield Community Policing Bldg. as it’s EOC. Its members were deployed to various locations in the Borough passing on simulated “Drill Reports” to the EOC which in turn passed on the reports to Middlesex ARES for transmission to NNJ ARES.  At a specific time, SPARC replaced Middlesex ARES as the reporting agency gaining further operational experience.  Middlesex ARES along with SPARC's performance was highly rated by ARES leadership.

This exercise enabled SPARC to test its equipment, protocols and areas of coverage.

For further information, on becoming an Amateur Radio Operator or this event; please contact Marvin Bronstein at (732) 887-0875; marvbrons@verizon.net