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MARA SOUTHEAST / ERRS CONFERENCE 2000
REGIONAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CONFERENCE
DATE: Saturday May 20, 2000
LOCATION: LDS Institute Building
5673 N 9th Ave
Pensacola, FL 32504
TIME: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM - 11:45 Morning Session
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Afternoon Session
PROGRAM: (subject to change)
National Weather Service Weather Spotters Course
Stake & Ward Emergency Preparedness Instruction Training
72 Hour Kit Instruction
Emergency Travel Kit Instruction
Weather Info Gathering Instruction
Emergency Communication Before & After the Storm
Latest Emergency Communication Equipment Demo
What Is ERRS and Why?
MARA (Mercury Amateur Radio Association) History & Purpose
For more information:
1. To promote the use of Amateur Radio for emergency communications
and to provide operators the opportunity to improve their Amateur Radio
2. To provide a personal Amateur Radio emergency communicator for
every decision maker of organizations bringing emergency services
to a disaster area.
3. To provide Amateur Radio emergency communicators for the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Emergency Response Radio System (ERRS).
MARA is to function as the ERRS Auxiliary, to make available Amateur Radio
personnel for Welfare Service Center net control operators and personnel for
all Region/Stake/Ward ERRS Specialist positions.
4. Other candidate recipient organizations that may use MARA emergency
communications are those organizations that are not served by RACES or ARES,
bringing emergency services to a disaster area, or other organizations requesting
5. To provide Amateur Radio Emergency Net protocol training for emergency
communicators by conducting regular Amateur Radio training nets.
6. To provide Amateur Radio license training for candidate new Amateur Radio
license holders and for Amateur Radio operators desiring to upgrade their licenses.
ERRS - EMERGENCY RESPONSE RADIO SYSTEM OVERVIEW The Emergency Response Radio System (ERRS) is administered by Church Welfare Services under the direction of the General Welfare Committee. It is an amateur radio system serving Church leaders during emergencies when local telephone service is not available. Welfare Services provides general management to the worldwide emergency amateur radio system. A system administrator working in Welfare Services and a called system coordinator are responsible for day-to-day operations. Selected bishops' storehouses (United States and Canada) act as "hub" radio stations, serving welfare regions in their areas. These storehouses organize radio nets for emergency communication specialists who serve regional welfare committee chairmen. In international areas, the director for temporal affairs and station manager, assisted by the area welfare agent, coordinate ERRS. They select one of the Church amateur radio stations in the area to regularly participate with the headquarters radio nets. The director for temporal affairs may suggest that regional welfare agents assist regional welfare committee chairmen and stake presidents in establishing an effective emergency amateur radio system. Regional Welfare Committee Chairmen provide leadership in times of multi-stake emergencies. They call and set apart Regional ERRS Specialists (amateur radio operators) to provide radio communications during emergencies and to work with Stake ERRS Specialists. The Regional ERRS Specialists are trained by the bishops' storehouse radio station managers in the United States and Canada. In international areas, they are trained by the station manager for the area office station. These regional specialists donate their time and use their radio equipment as part of a Church calling. Stake Presidents provide leadership in times of emergencies. They call and set apart Stake ERRS Specialists to provide radio communications during emergencies and to coordinate with Regional ERRS Specialists in regional radio nets. These specialists donate their time and use their radio equipment as part of a Church calling. They are trained by the Regional ERRS Specialist. Bishops provide local leadership in times of emergencies. They call and set apart Ward ERRS Specialists to provide radio communications during emergencies and to coordinate with Stake ERRS Specialists in Stake radio nets. These specialists donate their time and use their radio equipment as part of a Church calling. They are trained by the Stake ERRS Specialist.
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