1. In the beginning there was the Mercury Net.
    1. Run by the church
    2. Everything from local nets, like ours, to the nationwide nets
    3. Went silent when someone in SLC realized it was against FCC rules (a net supporting an organization isn't allowed)
    4. To meet FCC rules, we use synonyms:
      1. Stake = "neighborhood"
      2. Ward = "unit"
  2. Now there are three ham radio emergency communication entities that matter to us:
    1. UCARES:
      1. supported by the Utah County Sheriff's department
      2. uses ARRL training and structure
      3. has ranks and formal leadership
      4. we are not involved in the UCARES efforts
    2. Lindon ERC
      1. reports come from church leaders, and go to the church welfare system
      2. our reports seem unknown to them--anyone know a reason?
      3. We were created to support the Lindon ERC
    3. Orem City
      1. The newest players in emergency communications
      2. No report forms?
      3. We also now report to Orem. So far all drills have coincided: when Orem has a drill, the Lindon ERC lights up.
  3. Our mission, as spelled out in the Stake Emergency Plan:
    1. Each chapel becomes the center of local emergency response.
    2. One side of the building is to care for casualties, the other for organizing volunteers. The gym is the casualty treatment center, and the morgue is in a corner of the parking lot.
    3. Each bishop's office becomes the center of operations for that unit.
    4. Families:
      1. Everyone's first priority is to their own family.
      2. If they are healthy, report to the block gathering point.
      3. If they are not healthy, send a representative to the gathering point to report your casualties
      4. Once your family is okay, then you are free to support other activities.
    5. Blocks:
      1. Block captains, who should already have a list of everyone in their area (6-10 families), will report to the block assembly area to see who is okay, and who isn't.
      2. Five minutes after the start of the emergency, the block captain will fill out a report form and send it with a runner to the unit leader (bishop's office).
      3. Ham radio operators assigned to run the neighborhood (stake) net will get on the air and call the net, this time with the designation, "This is not a drill."
      4. All ham radio operators in the neighborhood should have radios turned on and monitoring our frequency by this time. This is why "go bags" are a thing. We'll talk about these in a future training.
    6. Unit Leader (Bishop's office):
      1. Block reports are compiled, and an initial report is created by the leadership (not by us).
      2. Designated ham radio operators will report to the bishop's office, having come from the block assembly zone, to call the net control operator with the report.
      3. Further reports will follow as additional information is gathered, especially after the block captains make an investigation into homes which did not report.
    7. Neighborhood leaders (Stake offices):
      1. Ward reports are compiled.
      2. A member of the neighborhood leadership (stake presidency) will begin dispatching volunteers to areas where help is needed right away. Some of these orders will come back to your units by way of radio (this is something we've practiced only once, and it didn't go very well).
      3. The Lindon ERC is given the report by radio.
      4. The Orem city net is given our report by radio.
      5. As further reports roll in, updated reports are sent to the ERC and to Orem.
      6. At some point, you will be given permission to stand down by the net control station. You can request to be dismissed from the net, but typically after a replacement has been found for your post, if it is still active. You are not expected to be at your post longer than eight hours at a time.
    8. The net will close when city and county emergency personel have moved in and have taken over all aspects of the rescue and welfare operation.