EARRS operations center and offices, Escondido CA

We all need to respond in some way to a fellow human in desperate need...

As a Ham Operator and volunteer in emergencies and disasters, you can now lend more to help than just your voice on a radio. EARRS (Emergency Amateur Radio Response System) now provides the tools necessary to help greatly in any disaster with food water first aid and much more...

Emergency Amateur Radio Response System

Understanding This Communications Resource

Ham radio operators come in all ages and from all lifestyles and are essentially neighbors in the community. Each licensee has passed one or more extensive knowledge test covering a multitude of topics, including FCC rules, operator and station license responsibilities, operating procedures and practices, radio propagation, electrical principles and electronic circuits, common transmitter and receiver problems, antenna measurements and troubleshooting, basic repair and testing, non-voice communications, antennas and feed lines, AC power circuits, and safety.

Since ham radio is their hobby, many hams have decades of radio communications experience. Some may have professional broadcasting experience, and others may be current or former first responders. From standards that have arisen with the introduction of the National Incident Management System, ARES and RACES members may also:

  • Be registered emergency/disaster workers under state law;
  • Possess certificates (sometimes many) for FEMA training classes;
  • Have passed law enforcement background checks; 
  • Be engaged in other volunteer activities such as Search and Rescue (SAR);
  • Volunteer for Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).

Ham radio operators, men and women of all ages  have been volunteering their radios and experience for decades to help in a variety of situations, from co-ordinating local public events to lending aid in emergencies and disasters. There have been many occasions in which a Ham radio operator wished he or she could do more to help or just be more hands-on in these tragic situations

Q: People often talk about “first responders” and how they are heroes. Are there second and third responders? Can they be heroes, too?

A: Although I’ve seldom heard them called such, yes, there are second and third responders; and, in my personal opinion, anyone helping people whose lives have been devastated by an accident, fire or natural disaster can be considered a hero.
When disasters occur, there are three types of needs and three types of responders based on what those needs are.
First responders carry out the immediate work of rescue and medical care. Second responders support the first responders by providing clothes, food, water and short-term shelter as well as working to restore utilities, road-clearing, crowd control, sanitation and social services such as trauma counseling. Some estimates say there may be 3-10 second responders for every first responder. 
But after, say, a tornado or hurricane, it may take months for life to become normal again. Here is where the third responders come in —to assist in the rebuilding of people’s lives over the long haul.
This is typically the point when things get emotionally tough. Third responders provide people in the affected communities with social support networks that enable them to rebuild and restructure their lives according to their needs and interests.

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So then, what is Emergency Amateur Radio Response System (EARRS), first, second or third responder?

EARRS is made up of Amateur Radio Operators that have little talent or professional training in the various areas of rescue, but simply want to respond to a disaster. They have the desire and heart to serve in any capacity in helping those in desperate need without getting in the way.

I would like to think of EARRS as not 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, but rather "Secondary Responders."

Secondary Responders

A perfect example can be extracted from Hurricane Harvey and from the heroes with little or no emergency training who stepped in, not waiting for the professionals to show up. Some opened their homes to those that no longer had one, others provided water or a meal, a simple helping hand. Many volunteered their boats and saved countless lives (one sports store owner provided $1.5 million in boats), some offered warm clothes, shoes, a Teddy bear or a simple hug and a prayer.

What if the average citizen with little to no emergency training had the means and resources to provide much more than a "helping hand"? That's what EARRS is.

Secondary Responder Vehicle (SRV)

You may ask why is the bulk of the food hidden, weapons on board, and especially an escape hatch? The seems to be more of a "Bug Out Vehicle" as opposed to one for responding to an emergency? It is both! In designing this vehicle, I needed to examine every aspect of its potential use and include the myriad of circumstances and national disasters, with all the possible scenarios related to each disaster type. If we compare a flood such as post-Hurricane Harvey with a devastating earthquake or tornado, for example, the resulting need would be extremely different, with the exception of the obvious housing, food and water. There are more victims in a flood since the destruction of homes reaches beyond the effects of wind damage with unpredictable flood waters.

Victims of a flood need first to be rounded up and dropped off in mass shelter facilities with access and means being overwhelmingly restricted. As a consequence, feeding, clothing and medical care, to name a few, will be administered as whole singular efforts of both first and second responders. In this scenario, any aid you could possibly offer would be infinitesimal regarding how you equipped your SRV.

However, in an earthquake or tornado, unlike a flood, temporary shelter, feeding and water stations can pretty much be established anywhere. These are the circumstances in which Secondary Responders can reach survivors well in advance of First Responders since they cannot be everywhere at once or even in 24 hours, which could be too late.

It is precisely under this circumstance that EARRS with an SRV can administer first aid, provide water and food, plus offer spiritual and moral support. Since one of our single most valuable services is short wave communication, with a 60-ft antenna tower, we are able to contact the first responders after assessing the situation. In addition, we can attempt to get a report out to the victims' families. Many first responders are called out for aid that we could provide, which would permit them to attend to more life threatening calls. Our first aid supplies allow us to handle most non-life threatening injuries such as severe bleeding, broken bones, lacerations, shock, hypothermia, dehydration, etc. These injuries all have a potential to become life threatening if not treated early, but they are tasks EARRS can perform to take some pressure off first responders.