Note from Dave Barr...
Here is the latest draft.
Local Memorandum of Understanding
Santa Clara Valley Repeater Society
The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the American National Red Cross
The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the American National Red
Cross (SCVC) and Santa Clara Valley Repeater Society (SCVRS)
have agreed to enter into these local agreements which have
formed the basis of this memorandum.
This agreement between SCVC and SCVRS establishes a framework
of cooperation and a close working relationship with the radio
amateurs of SCVRS and the volunteers and staff members of SCVC.
Through joint cooperation of the local resources available to
both signers, the public will be best served under disaster,
emergency, or public service related situations. This document
is not meant to be legally binding; it is a statement of cooperation
between these two parties.
The American Radio Relay League, Inc., comprising more than
134,000 radio amateurs in the U.S., sponsors the ARRL Field
Organization. More than 25,000 amateurs are registered as
members of a national field organization that is divided into
73 geographical sections.
The Santa Clara Valley Repeater Society is comprised of
approximately 70 members in good standing with the ARRL.
These members are also registered Disaster Service Workers
with Santa Clara County.
The Communications Team of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of
the American Red Cross operates under the jurisdiction of the
Resources Coordinator in Disaster Services. The Resources
Coordinator reports to the Director of Disaster Services,
who reports to the Chapter Manager. The chapter is ultimately
responsible the American National Red Cross, based in Arlington, VA.
SCVC recognizes that SCVRS is an ARRL sponsored organization, dedicated to promoting Amateur Radio in Santa Clara County and
to maintaining the WB6OQS repeater.
SCVRS recognizes that SCVC acts under congressional mandate,
through the American National Red Cross, to be the load provider
of Disaster Relief to the residents of Santa Clara County.
Further, SCVRS recognizes that the SCVC Communciations Team
is tasked with providing communications support to local
disaster relief operations.
IV. Principals of Cooperation
So that communications resources of SCVRS may be coordinated and
utilized to the fullest advantage during disasters, emergencies,
and public service related situations, and to the extent permitted
or required by law and regulation, the Santa Clara Valley Repeater
Society and the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the American National
Red Cross have agreed that each organization will:
1. Encourage on-going liaison with the other, urging members
of both organizations to develop increasingly effective communication
2. Work with each other for developing emergency plans,
training exercises, and a heightened state of preparedness.
3. Work with each other in times of disaster or emergency to
meet the needs of the public.
4. Each party will, at the same time, work within its own lines
of authority and respect the lines of authority of the other.
5. Distribute copies of and publicize this agreement through
channels to its own members, and to other organizations, both public
and private, which may have an active interest in disaster relief.
6. Establish a mutually acceptable means of identification for
volunteers under this agreement which is honored by local law enforcement
agencies during disasters and emergencies.
7. Understand that either signee to this document may have similar
local agreements with other disaster assistance related
Finally, on a routine daily basis, SCVC will have primary access to the WB6OQS repeater in times of emergency. SCVC understands that it may
have to share the repeater with other agencies in extreme emergencies.
Currently, the plan has the WB6OQS repeater acting as the alternate
EOC – to – EOC command frequency.
Under future revisions of the plan, the other assignment of WB6OQS may change.
This memorandum shall take effect upon its signing by authorized
representatives of the Santa Clara Valley Repeater Society and
representatives of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the American
National Red Cross.
This memorandum may be amended by mutual agreement of both parties and will
remain in effect until terminated. SCVRS and SCVC will periodically review
this agreement and coordinate such revisions as may be necessary. Upon 90
days written notice, this memorandum may be terminated by either party.
Red Cross Communications Team Leader Date
Red Cross Director of Disaster Services Date
President, Santa Clara Valley Repeater Society Date
Last Modified 06/04/98 ggm