Interoperability and standardization of digital messaging is becoming increasingly important during a disaster. Voice communication, should be supplemented by concise, and legible digital communications for expediency. Training for the purpose of establishing competency and interoperability has been proven to be successful by a multi-agency approach.
Initially, we started as a partnership with certain agencies, but there are other organizations that seek participation as well, in a local, regional, or national exercise. We, as a collegium, have the experts that could design a national/worldwide exercise and demonstrate proficiency amongst all those who need this much needed training. The threats are ever looming and have made communities increasing vulnerable. Establishing a communications network, with both voice and digital modes, not vulnerable to natural or cyber threats will be paramount.
We hope to:
- Set a standard operating procedure (SOP) for conducting a regional or national exercise
- Provide training around this concept
- Promote best practices for use of Winlink messaging, attaching spreadsheets or photos
- Support those groups that use variations or other modes, such as FLDIGI/FLMSG with Winlink
- Encourage more Gateways (HF and VHF) to be established in locations identified
- Liaison with the Winlink development team to provide operational improvements
- Liaison with FEMA, to enable SHARES training and participation with exercises at the Federal level
- Provide or support the yearly EMCOMM Academy meeting virtually to promote education and recruitment