The mission of Area 2 ACS/ARES is to maintain and train Amateur Radio volunteers capable of providing professional emergency communications, increasing our emergency response effectiveness, and speeding the recovery effort. Areas of knowledge that directly support this mission include:
• Operational and technical knowledge in message handling
• Packet operation
• Proper emergency network voice operation procedures
ACS provides backup communications services during emergencies or disaster situations. This may consist of deploying operators to Emergency Operations Centers, Special Needs Shelters, Tactical First-in Teams, Damage Assessment teams, or other locations that have an emergency communications need.
ACS is the network, in Ventura County, that connects public and local communities with hospitals, fire/police departments, first responders, FEMA, other government agencies and resources when emergencies and disasters occur. ACS has working agreements, and conducts tests, with local community networks to ensure that their requests and needs can be relayed through ACS to the proper agency.
When an emergency or disaster occurs, members should:
• Monitor the Area 2 Voice Net “BOZO” on 147.885 MHz, minus offset, PL 127.3 for instructions
• Tune to the County ACS frequency on “South Mountain” on 146.385 MHz, plus offset, PL127.3
• If both BOZO and South Mountain are inoperative, scan other ACS area frequencies until you find an active ACS net covering the emergency