Simulated Emergency Tests

The annual Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is a training exercise involving the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the National Traffic System (NTS), a message-handling service of amateur radio. The American Radio Relay League is a prime mover in this event, which is organized somewhat like a contest. Its primary purposes are to evaluate strengths and weaknesses in emergency preparedness and communications, and to demonstrate amateur radio to the public.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simulated_Emergency_Test

The Benton County, MO ARES holds a Simulated Emergency Tests (SET) in October every year. On this page you will find information about our upcoming 2021 SET and our previous years’ SETs.

2022 Simulated Emergency Test

This year’s Simulated Emergency Test is going to be on a date to be determined as we get closer to October. We will be collaborating with the Benton and Camden County Community Emergency Response Teams and the Camden County ARES!

Right now we are in the planning phase and would like to know who is certain that they’ll be available and willing to participate. Please email Stephen Swerline (sswerlineares@gmail.com) with what you’re willing to do either in the EOC or as boots on the ground for this exercise.

Our 2021 SET was canceled due to spikes in COVID pandemic numbers.

2020 Simulated Emergency Test

Our 2020 SET took place on October 10th, 2020 at 10 am in coordination with the Benton County Emergency Management Agency (BC MO EMA) and Benton County Community Emergency Response Team (BC MO CERT). We were also joined by the Camden County Community Emergency Response Team (CC CERT).

This SET was focused on passing radio traffic and understanding the time it takes personnel to deploy and traverse areas within Benton County.

2019 Simulated Emergency Test

Our 2019 SET took place on October 12th, 2019 in coordination with the Benton County Emergency Management Agency (BC MO EMA) and Benton County Community Emergency Response Team (BC MO CERT).

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