The WERCS Is Responsible For
Ward Emergency Response Communication Specialist (WERCS)
·Organizing methods of communication to be used in times of an emergency.
·Providing emergency communication between the Bishop, ward leaders and members.
·Providing emergency communication between the Bishop and Stake Emergency Response Communication Specialist (SERCS) in the event that “normal communications” are disrupted (i.e. phones lines & cell phones). The means of communication is at the discretion of each ward and may include Ham Radio, CB Radio, General Mobile Service Radio GMSR, Family Service Radio FSR, messenger or any other method that works.
·Teaching ward members how to set-up and operate equipment used by the ward
·Helping ward members understand their Ward Emergency Communication Plan and how it is to be implemented. This may include helping individuals obtain a license, as required, to operate radios used by the ward.
·Practicing communication techniques on a ward level to ensure their ability to communicate in an emergency (monthly or more often as needed
·Participating in a weekly stake net
(on the air check-in and capabilities report) using a 2 meter ham radio. WERCS should stay on the net until it’s closed.
·Calling roll for their ward during the stake net, if asked.
·Performing the responsibilities of the Net Control Operator for the stake net, when assigned.
Characteristics of a WERCS
·Bishop is comfortable talking to and working with the WERCS and trusts their ability to communicate messages accurately.
·Must be able to handle sensitive information and maintain a high level of confidentiality.
·Should be a person that is normally in the area (doesn’t routinely travel for extended periods of time unless they have a backup person) or is not part of Law Enforcement or other emergency services which likely be called into action during an emergency.
·Should have an aptitude to use technical devices or a desire to learn.
·Does not need a Ham radio license to be called or assigned to this position
. The stake should provide ham radio training and will help them get their license.
·The Ward Emergency Preparedness Coordinator may be utilized as the WERCS
·Radio license $15.00
·The WERCS will need to be able to spend $135.00 for a 2 meter handheld Ham Radio.
·Optional expenses depending on the difficulty of communicating due to distance or terrain:
[font="]o [/font]External “slim jim” antenna $20.00
[font="]o [/font]¼ wave whip antenna $30.00
[font="]o [/font]Backup battery AA case $30.00
[font="]o [/font]mag mount car antenna $35.00
[font="]o [/font]filtered automotive power supply $30.00 (most newer cars have clean electrical system so the extra expense of a filter may be unnecessary – worst case there is whining of the engine rpms in the background of your audio transmition).
[font="]o [/font]12 volt power cord $8.00