RSS Alert, Warning and Notification System Drill (AWNSD)
Headquarters California State Military Reserve, Regional Support Command (South), has ordered an Alert, Warning & Notification System Drill (AWNSD) to strengthen its Military Incident Response Team (MIRT) efforts and demonstrate its preparedness to execute its primary missions. Supporting the California National Guard (“CANG”), the California Military Department (“CMD”) and the California Emergency Management Agency (“CalEMA”) during Military Support of Civil Authorities (“MSCA”), means that every Soldier in the CSMR needs to respond, and respond immediately, to an Emergency Notification Procedure (ENP).
Having an emergency notification standard operating procedure (ENSOP) policy authorizes the use of immediate alerts and warnings communicated to CSMR personnel, in order to coordinate, secure and validate their immediate presence prior to and during a potentially catastrophic, life-threatening emergency. These actions follow the issuance of a Warning Order (WARNO).
One of the elements of the Commander’s Critical Information Requirements (CCIRs) locks in on a duty, a pre-deployment activity. In maintaining the proficiency of Mission Essential Tasks List (METL), the accountability of personnel must get checked. Feedback from subordinate units and elements develops the flexibility to conduct training when opportunities strike.
To eliminate any slack in the time it takes to muster a viable contingent of geared-up Soldiers, command has established a communications protocol. That system helps to make-ready CSMR’s for deployment. Some Soldiers may reside at more than one-hundred miles from the Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) in Los Alamitos, CA. The system ascertains and assesses the immediacy of Soldier participation in an Incident Response (IR).
Command’s employment of the AWNSD engages its responsibility and oversight in performing tests and exercises. The response from the drill tells whether the established incident response policy and procedures have benefited from testing and exercising and if personnel have received the necessary training in handling security incidents. Also, the performance of all CSMR’s assist in needed informal evaluations, a necessary step in checking on how well the IR drill operated, as intended. It also extracts evidence in developing lessons learned.
To contact personnel, some agencies use an emergency notification system that sends a pre-established message, based upon secured guidelines. These techniques can identify the type of emergency, the incident’s location, and method of engagement. As with the CSMR RSS, transmitting and receiving messages usually goes through a variety of channels, including text, voice and E-mails.