ARES Drill Scenario Simulates Double Virus, Hypothetical Terrorist Attack:
The ARRL Letter
November 8, 2018
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Oregon ARES Drill Scenario Simulates Double Virus and Hypothetical Terrorist Attack:
On November 8 in Oregon, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
emergency preparedness drill known as the Simulated Emergency Test
(SET) will use an exercise scenario focusing on viruses -- biological
and computer -- that wreak havoc on the state's communication systems.
The drill begins with a simulated highly contagious bird flu virus that
spreads to the state's borders, overwhelming hospitals and leading to
mass panic. A day later, the drill moves to a simulated widespread
internet shutdown owing to what's called the "stepper virus." If that
weren't enough, it goes on to include a hypothetical virus that would
cause the shutdown of digital processors in wireline and cell towers.
The scenario also involves power companies and government
telecommunications being affected. Participants will be told that ham
radio repeaters are on backup power or have failed and that they will
have to stretch their skills accordingly. Ultimately, the exercise will
simulate the introduction of biological and computer viruses by a
state-sponsored terrorist organization that is trying to find
vulnerabilities in the state's infrastructure. Then, exercise
participants will train local officials on using VHF and HF radios.
As the exercise continues, ARES volunteers will need to set up
high-powered stations in remote areas to communicate with urban
centers. After participants prove that ARES would be able to maintain
telecommunication links for several days, the exercise simulated storm
damage to antennas on county emergency operations centers (EOCs).
This multi-step exercise scenario is designed to encourage ARES
volunteers to use their ingenuity and training to restore
communications when faced with a multifaceted disaster event. "The
MacGyver[s] among you will have the opportunity to solve this problem,
gain extra points, and help your county shine while teaching us all
something new," said Grant County ARES Emergency Coordinator Steve
Fletcher, K7AA, who described the scenario.
Oregon ARES teams will join with the Oregon Office of Emergency
Management in conducting the drill. More information
http://www.oregonaresraces.org/ is on the Oregon ARES website. --
Thanks to John S. Sanders, KE7JSS, Oregon Section Public Information
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