The annual ARRL Stimulated Exercise Test (SET) will be held in Hawaii on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 0900 to 1200 hours HST. All amateur radio operators are invited to participate.
The scenario will be the Great Aleutian Tsunami generated from a 9.2 moment earthquake in the Aleutian Islands north of the State of Hawaii. This mega-tsunami is especially threatening to Hawaii. In the next 50 years, University of Hawaii report, there is a 9 percent chance of such an event. It is estimated the damage from such an event would be nearly $40 billion, with more than 300,000 people affected. As an example, Kailua on Windward Oahu, will be covered with 10 feet of water, most of Lanikai will be destroyed, Kaneohe Marine Base Hawaii will be under 30 feet of water and most of Enchanted Lake (where I live in Kailua) will be also be destroyed (fortunately, my home is a block above the Great Tsunami evacuation area). Oahu radio operators should go to the Honolulu.gov web site, click on Departments and Agency, click on Executive Branch, then click on Emergency Management, input your address under Tsunami Evacuation Zones, to check if they live in the Great Aleutian Tsunami evacuation zone.
Based on the March 11, 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami to Japan, the most prepared nation which had planned on a 8.6 moment earthquake, had a 9.0 moment earthquake that caused over 15,800 deaths, over 6,150 injured and over 2,500 missing. We need to plan for the worst and hope for the best!
State RACES radio operators will report to the State EOC at 8:00 a.m. in Diamond Head Crater to prepare for the exercise. They will be on HF 7.088 LSB for voice and Fldigi messages, especially for neighbor islands communications. They also be on 147.060 pl 103.5 on Oahu. They, initially, the City & County Department of Emergency Agency (DEM) RACES linked repeaters will be connected with the State RACES linked repeaters to start the exercise preamble at 900 hours HST. After the preamble is given the State RACES linked repeaters will disconnected from the DEM RACES linked repeaters so Oahu can run their own net.
Suggest messages to be damage reports (DRs), situation reports (SITREPs) and requests for assistance (RFAs). Voice ICS-213 formal messages will be accepted, however, Fldigi mode is highly recommended. Please precede and end your exercise messages with “THIS IS AN EXERCISE MESSAGE”.
For neighbor island communications, highly suggest linked repeaters on each county or using simplex so messages can be transmitted to one or two HF stations (acting as the county EOC, I do not expect county EOCs to be opened for this exercise) which have excellent propagation to the State EOC. The HF station will then relay the messages to the State EOC. Fldigi ICS-213 message format is highly recommended. DECs, I will let you handle how you want to relay messages so the messages can be received at the State EOC.
For Oahu communications, suggest stations report to a simulated DEM EOC and then messages be relayed to the State EOC whether via HF or on 147.060/444.350 linked repeaters. Again Fldigi ICS-213 message format is highly recommended. Oahu DECs please work with your district on setting up district simplex nets and then have one radio operator using VHF/UHF and HF pass the message to the simulated DEM EOC.
During a tsunami event, tsunami shelters are NOT open. However, at least for Oahu, City & County district parks will be open as tsunami refuge area. This means people can park their cars and use the park restrooms. People still need to bring their emergency supplies with them. With this in mind, suggest amateur radio operators operate from district parks in their districts (Kailua District Park is in the Great Tsunami evacuation area so should not be used) or simulate they are operating from a district park.
Please listen to the NCS for details on the scenario timeline. We only have three hours to exercise so the timeline will be condense.
Please forward this e-mail to your ARES members and others in your districts. Encourage participation by ALL licensed amateur radio operators. Amateur radio operators are a limited resource. We all need to work together, whether we are ARES, RACES, SKYWARN, HealthComm, or unaffiliated members.
Please past this information to as many Hams and nets as possible.
Clement Jung (KH7HO)
Pacific Section Emergency Coordinator