Prince William County Service Authority has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with their local Amateur Radio group, in an effort to further enhance communications during emergencies.
The Prince William County Service Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Prince William County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).
The organization, which partnered with the County government after the 9/11 attack, consists of 31 licensed amateur radio operators who contribute their qualifications and equipment during disasters.
The operators can serve in a number of ways, including as emergency dispatchers should the Service Authority’s phone system and backup technology go down, said Service Authority Emergency Preparedness & Security Manager Zvi Gruenspecht.
In September of 2018, Gruenspecht reached out to Prince William ARES Emergency Coordinator David Lane KG4GIY to establish the MOU. During their discussions, he helped Lane understand the important role a water and wastewater utility can play in many types of emergencies.
The Memorandum of Understanding has even caught the attention of the Environmental Protection Agency, which plans on featuring it as a case study in its upcoming Power Resilience Guide.
Prince William County Amateur Radio Emergency Service - https://www.pwcares.org/