Caribbean Emergency Communications Training
Operation Victor Echo – 2017
Radio operators in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines and contiguous states were involved with an emergency communications simulation staged on Saturday, June 03. The scenario involved an evacuation due to an imminent eruption, hence ‘Operation Victor Echo’, V. E. standing for Volcanic Emergency.
The scenario operated ‘on the premise that the national emergency management structure collapsed at the beginning of a national emergency. There was also a loss of domestic telecommunications forcing the use of emergency communications provided by radio amateurs’.
The field exercise was conducted from amateur stations located at Paget Farm, Fancy, Layou, Georgetown and Calliaqua. Assistance came from radio amateurs in Tobago, Grenada, Trinidad and St. Lucia.
The scenario unfolded ‘involved the evacuation of entire communities from the base of our active volcano on both Windward and Leeward sides of the island, with radio amateurs coordinating the placement of evacuees to shelters in the Southern third of the island (Green zone) including the Grenadines.
Murphy was at work during this scenario and as the first wave of evacuees was leaving Fancy, a massive rock slide blocked access into and out of the village. This new situation compounded by an imminent eruption required villagers to be Continue reading