Emergency Communications

Italian Earthquake - 6th April 2009

A report of the current response to the earthquake which affected L'Aquila in Italy has been received from Alberto IK1YLO, the IARU Emergency Communications Coordinator for Italy.

To permit co-ordination of the arrival of emergency responders to the disaster amateurs are requested to exercise caution around 3640kHz LSB and 7040/7045kHz LSB and avoid causing QRM to those responding to this emergency.

Read more: Italian Earthquake - 6th April 2009

Emergency Operating Procedures

The IARU emergency telecommunications guide was developed to provide materials suitable for training Radio Amateurs to participate in emergency events and guidance to the individual amateur radio operator who wants to improve their ability to participate in such events or to simply have a better understanding of the process.

Originally produced in English , Radio Amateurs around the world have worked hard to translate the 94 page document into their local languages. So far translations are available in the following languages;

Portuguese  by Luiz Fernando Pesce PU2LXN

Spanish by EA1CI EA2BB EA3HUL EB3DGZ EA4GQB EA8AWK.

and Romanian in HTTP and PDF formats by Francisc Grünberg, YO4PX

It is hoped that these translations will improve the knowledge of Radio Amateurs in Emergency Communications and hopefully this process will be repeated for other languages.

The guide though deals with the organisation of emergency networks but in an emergency message passing needs to be quick and accurate, in fact we should always aim for 100% accuracy. However within Region 1 we speak many languages and because of the different risks in our own countries there are local differences in message formatting, this can cause problems for accurate and speedy message handling.

Since the 1980's the IARU has had a HF Emergency Operating Procedures document to try and enable efficient message handling but individual Groups have, with justification developed and used local procedures to meet their own needs. However in an international context the benefits of having messages in a common format cannot be emphasised too much. Language barriers can be broken down and we can have more confidence that we are all handling the message consistently. The procedure is not as up-to-date as some Groups may wish, but across the region we have a great variation in skills and we need a procedure which we can use today if the need arises and then build on it and add improvements as the Region becomes familiar with its use.

The GlobalSET exercises have increased interest in International Emergency Communications using all modes and to support the objective of creating “practices for international emergency communication”, the IARU format will be used for future exercises. To help, the Procedure is being translated into a number of languages and links to the current versions are shown below.

English, French, German, GreekItalian, Romanian, Spanish, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Turkish

If you have translations of this document into other languages, please let the IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator know.

Sample Forms

A sample message form for the IARU HF emergency operating procedure can be downloaded here.

For recording message traffic in the Global Simulated Emergency Tests, please use this spreadsheet - GlobalSETLogv2.xls

An example of a completed log can be seen here - GlobalSETLogv2-example

Other forms and earlier versions of documents can be found here.

Global Simulated Emergency Test 2009 - 18 April 2009

The next IARU GlobalSET is scheduled for 18 April 2009 between 11:00 and 15:00 UTC.

This is an exercise between stations interested in emergency communications and is not a contest. Activity will be concentrated around the IARU Emergency Centre of Activity frequencies which are now incorporated in band plans around the world.

Download the rules for GlobalSET 2009

Download the rules in Spanish (Thanks to IARU Region 2)

Download the rules in Portuguese

Download the rules in German