Mission Statement for the ETO


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 Red Cross and ARES partnership, 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


         Liaison with Red Cross, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), Salvation Army and religious organizations


         Provide or support the yearly EMCOMM Academy meeting virtually to promote education and recruitment