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CT ARES SET 2017

Operational Scenario


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OPERATION “TOUJOURS PRET”



Basic Premise
   Global media have reported that known terrorist organizations have boasted of continued cyber-attacks on American infrastructure targets.  Now, undefined attacks have resulted in short term outages in power grid and communication networks with localized internet outages in New England and the New York metro areas.  One announced target is the cooling control systems at nuclear power generation facilities.

   The implication to Connecticut ARES is the possibility of such an attack taking place and being successful at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York.  A cooling system malfunction could lead to a discharge of radioactive material into the atmosphere.  With commonly easterly and southeasterly winds in this general area, this contamination could spread into Connecticut and beyond.

Scope of The Exercise
   Once alerted to the threat of possible contamination, national, state, and local authorities will be alerted to monitor and report all indication of radioactive activity in accordance with FEMA directives.  An important part of this effort will be to report closely with The National Weather Service.  ARES networks will be activated to work in conjunction with Skywarn and their local Emergency Management Directors to monitor and report conditions within their area of coverage.

   Conditions will not be static and from the start of the exercise new information and condition changes will be injected by the exercise manager.  Tasks will be assigned with a requested feedback from the field through network channels.  All available communications networks may be used to include but not limited to:
     Local repeaters
     Linked repeaters
     DMR
     Packet and Winlink
     HF Voice and digital
     Cellular text

   The exercise manager may at their discretion inject that local public networks are unavailable due to continued cyber-attack activity.   Once this inject is made all traffic must cease using the effected networks and be rerouted to alternate amateur networks.  The following networks may not be used during the exercise for reporting or communication:
     Internet e-mail
     Cellular voice

Duration
   This exercise is planned to take place on Saturday with the first networks called as early as 0800 and ending final operation on or around 2100 that evening.  This will allow for voice nets to finish by early afternoon and state and local traffic nets to finish later as time requires.   This will be a one-day exercise.

Mike Walters, W8ZY
CT ARES SEC



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