Johns Hopkins University recently published a White Paper entitled "Case for Gun Policy Reform In America"[bib]201[/bib]. This article will respond to that paper and comment on the larger issues from the context of an organization like the Sheriff's Auxiliary.
We have a number of training opportunities upcoming, including a CCW class, local CERT Training, the Portable Radio Fundamentals, CERT Train-the-Trainer, and Disaster POD training. Read on for details. Updated 6 Nov: filled in details on 2-way radio training. CCW
Over the next few days, the LCSA website will move to a new server in order to make maintenance easier. During this time, you may have difficulty connecting to the website as various nameservers throughout the Internet are updated. Service should resume as normal after this period. The Google Apps account and email used internally by the Auxiliary staff should not be affected.
Updated 17 October:
We received the brushed-metal name plates this afternoon. They are currently in the care of the Quartermaster. We ended up getting a good deal on the nametags at roughly $6 ea. with the custom logo. We (the Voughts) paid for them out of pocket and would not mind getting the money back, at the very least to put into future orders.
Updated 16 October:
We have permission from the Fairfax County, VA CERT to use and adapt their CERT Radio Fundamentals course materials as well as the go ahead from our Sheriff. It has been gone through by our Communications Officer and a local ARES member and there is agreement that it can be taught with only minor changes or even with no changes the first time through. We have at least two possible venues, being the First Baptist Church and the MARC in Mount Vernon, both of which will allow us to send teams off to different rooms for the practical exercises. We are targetting five hours total for the two course sections (section I, short exercise, section II, short exercise) and may be able to do it in four. Now we need to come up with some possible dates and shedule the first run through for somewhere between 12 and 20 people.
Last night at the Barry/Lawrence ARES meeting in Monett, I told people about the SEMA Disaster Support Mapbooks, a set of 1:25000 Missouri atlases, one atlas per county, using the US National Grid (USNG) Coordinate Reference System (CRS), in a Geospatial PDF format (readable by most PDF viewers with some applications providing more features than others).
Now that the deployment drill has been completed, it is time to go through the after-exercise process. Since this is the first time our organization is going through this, we will be setting up templates and checklists to make the next process easier. We are following the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Process (HSEEP) which is based to a large degree on the DoD process which has been in use for a long time.
This month, the Lawrence County Sheriff's Auxiliary will have its first field deployment exercise, Operation Earwax, timed to coincide with the National Amateur Radio (Ham) Field Day. The purpose of the exercise will be group training and operational test of field equipment (communications, power, etc).
We have scheduled the CERT Introductory course for 8 and 9 June (Friday evening and Saturday) in the Lawrence County Emergency Operations Center. This is a free training required for all LCSA volunteers. Several of us have also decided to have their older children or family members go through the training. We need at least 15 people signed up to run the course, so please RSVP.