Back from the shakeout

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I was on the air at 8:30AM and the rest of my crew showed up shortly after. We had a search team (two CERT volunteers) and a Team Leader and a Scribe - two other CERT volunteers and a fellow ham radio operator. It was a lot of fun despite it raining buckets - I had a propane heater running in the trailer so we were damp but warm. One of our search temates was ill so our Scribe went along (CERT always uses a buddy system when searching). Two of the teams had two search teams.

The search team had envelopes with specific addresses on them - when they reached the address, they would open the envelope and report the damage scenario to our team leader using the hand-held "Family" radio sets. The team leader wrote this down on an Incedent Report sheet and handed it to us hams and we reported them to the operator at the fire hall. The operator there then reported the incident to the Whatcom Emergency Operations Center.

What will be interesting is that the EOC has duplicates of each "inject" so they can compare the message they recieved with the actual contents of the inject. If there is a difference, then our communication and reporting skills need to be practiced.

Our EOC has a facebook page with some videos of the goings on. They are also doing an Ask Me Anything on Reddit.

Got up at 6:30 this morning - usually wake up around 10 or so so feeling a bit tired - probably take a nap later. The farrier is coming out to give Rockey his mani-pedi this afternoon.

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