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Amateur Radio to Have Role in Largest-Ever Mass Casualty Exercise

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) members in Connecticut, New Jersey and several other states in the Northeastern US are preparing to take part in what’s being characterized as the most comprehensive terrorism response exercise ever conducted in the US. Sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security and intended as a realistic test of the nation’s homeland security system, the exercise–TOPOFF 3–gets under way Monday, April 4, and continues through the week. ARES primarily will support the American Red Cross–the only nongovernmental organization with a formal role in the recently released National Disaster Plan. The Red Cross has main responsibility for mass care under the plan. Connecticut Section Emergency Coordinator Chuck Rexroad, AB1CR, is in the process of lining up the 100 or so volunteers he estimates will be needed in the region for the mass casualty drill. Full Story

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