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Net Log: Sacramento Valley CERT Net

About:Sacramento Valley CERT Net
Date:May 11, 2020
Net Control:WS6Z
Opening Announcements

5 Minutes Before

Attention all stations. The Sacramento Valley Multi-city CERT net will begin on the K6MVR repeater at 20:00 hours local time. Thank you in advance for the use of this frequency. This is NAME, CALLSIGN, net control for this evening and standing by for the net.


Good evening, this is the Sacramento Valley Multi-City Community Emergency Response Team net. I am NAME, CALL, net control for this evening. This net is for Sacramento Valley CERT teams and residents to discuss aspects of community supported emergency operations in the greater Sacramento area. It meets every Sunday night at 20:00 hours on the K6MVR repeater on a frequency of 147.000 MHz, and a minus offset with a CTCSS tone of 136.5 hertz.

Is there any emergency or priority traffic that needs to be handled first?

  • [pause and listen for 10 seconds for any emergency traffic that needs to be handled]

Every week we will have a discussion topic or question for net participants to respond to, about CERT related activities and skills, emergency preparedness, fictitious situations to consider or about current events within the Sacramento Valley. These discussion topics and simulations are designed to promote thought and discussion. As a reminder, CERT teams never self deploy and always take actual actions and direction from their overseeing agency. After roll call, we will ask each station to respond to the question and hold a discussion based on it. After roll call and discussions, we will open the net to any stations with other announcements or traffic.

Today’s question is:

You've been assigned to work at an emergency shelter which quickly becomes populated by more people than anticipated. After contacting CERT command or the EOC, you are told that no other personnel are available to assist and they suggest recruiting some volunteers to help. What sort of tasks do you think you can safely and easily transfer to a volunteer. What sort of tasks should not be transferred to a volunteer?

Now we will begin CERT team roll calls, grouped by participating City CERT teams. We will take any late or missing members after roll call finishes. After roll call, we will call for visiting stations.

Davis City CERT

We now ask Davis City CERT members to check into the net.

Title Callsign Name Checkedin Notes
WS6Z Wes Hardaker
KG6SJT Greg Kruckewitt
  • get assistance with translating with people coming in
  • cleaning and tidying
  • data entry is often needed
    • winlik is great for sending messages over ham radio
    • sacvaleyares has great information about how to use winlink for digital transmissions
W6KJX Lucile King
  • directions: help guide papers to the registration tables
  • assist disabled people with food/water
  • at some shelters, you may need people outside directing them to where the shelter is
KK6POX Heather Spaulding
  • sorting equipment and supplies
  • don't ask volunteers to do any tasks requiring them to drive
  • what questions would you ask for volunteers? what professions would be helpful? what certification?

Elk Grove / Galt

We now ask Elk Grove / Galt City CERT members to check into the net.

Title Callsign Name Checkedin Notes
KC6SGT George Carrington
  • calm the children
  • have some help direct setup
  • no driving, PII, outside building
  • set up cots/chairs
  • staff a table with refreshments
  • don't have them do intake and taking personal information
  • assigning beds and resources to people
  • you don't get to pick volunteers
  • ask them whether they are doers or managers


We now ask Folsom CERT members to check into the net.

Title Callsign Name Checkedin Notes
AE6LM Lawrence Mondragon
K5FWD David Brock
  • survey of volunteers they have coming in and what skills they have
  • how to integrate them with someone with cert training
AA6CS Christopher
  • no leadership positions
  • areas of scope that won't overwhelm them
  • decisions they make shouldn't be critical ones
  • always work in pairs
KK6DIM Keith
  • help manage crowds
AI6CS Charlie

Sacramento Metro Fire CERT

We now ask Sacramento Metro Fire CERT members to check into the net.

Title Callsign Name Checkedin Notes
  • be cautious with food being served in case they're sick
  • agree that pairing them up with a CERT person would be good
  • be careful with volunteers and minors -- they haven't had a background check or been fingerprinted
  • warn doctors/etc
K6ABJ Aaron

West Sacramento

We now ask West Sacramento CERT members to check into the net.

Title Callsign Name Checkedin Notes
KM6NJW Christian Goodman
  • liked the translator/greeter ideas
  • laundry type tasks would be useful
  • ditch digging for portapoties


We now ask Woodland CERT members to check into the net.

Title Callsign Name Checkedin Notes
  • no tasks dealing with non-resident public
  • no dealing with outside officials

Late Members

We will do visitor checkins in a moment, but first are there any late members of Sacramento Valley CERT teams, or CERT members that aren’t on the roster that would like to check into tonight’s net?

Handle any late checkins

This is [NAME], [CALLSIGN] net control operator.


We will now accept visitor checkins to the Sacramento Valley Multi-City CERT net.  You do not need to be affiliated with a CERT team to check into our net. All visitors are welcome.  If you're a visiting station that would like to check in, please come now with your callsign, name and location.

Title Callsign Name Checkedin Notes


Closing Traffic
  • Gary listed upcoming nets
  • Greg mentioned that shelter operations want data entry folks


We will now move into the discussion portion of this net.  We’ll run through the roster of CERT members and visitors that checked in first and ask them to respond to the question.  Afterward we’ll open the discussion to all stations for additional comments.

  • [Run through the roster of check-ins and record answers above]

Additional Discussion

Are there any CERT members or guests that wish to make any additional comments related to tonight's discussion topic?  We will do general announcements after the discussion period.

  • [Add any additional comments to the notes above]

General Announcements

Are there any net participants with announcements, CERT activities, event reports or who have other traffic for the net?

  • [Record general announcements below]


Hearing no more traffic or checkins, I will now close today’s Sacramento Valley Multi-city CERT net, at TIME.

The log notes for this net will be available on the website shortly. Thank you for participating and talk to you next week!

I would to thank the control operator and users of the K6MVR repeater for the use of this frequency. This is NAME, CALL “listening” or “signing-off”.

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