After seeing our quarterly training drills disappear some time ago I
have appointed a Preparedness Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator.
Their primary job will be to work with ARES/RACES/ACS managers and team
leaders to reinstitute the quarterly communications drills.
These drills provide a vital opportunity to keep our message handling
skills up to date. The drills also provide us with the opportunity
to experience teamwork inter/intra team, city, county, district and
tribe. I have made this appointment because a few of our managers
have become discouraged at the lack of opportunity to practice multiple
modes and methods of communications available to the ARS and the
lack of teamwork opportunity between our teams and districts.

It is the section’s goal to have this a preparedness program that
includes every facet of ARS EMCOMM including community, city, county,
district/region, tribe and specialty.

Please join me in welcoming Mike Montfort, KB0SFV as the WWA’s section
new ASEC for Preparedness. Here are some key components to Mike’s


“Provide professional and timely advice in the area of Emergency
Communications and Disaster Response.”

Mike and I have discussed the importance of including our stakeholders,
especially NGO stakeholders in our ARS EMCOMM operations and drills.


“Ability to combine real world disaster response experience with
training to provide guidance to various levels of response & recovery
agencies. Response expertise in earthquake, hurricane, severe weather
and wildfire events.”

Mike has real world emergency/disaster experience that gives him a good
perspective on building teams and what parts of the ARS EMCOMM arena
needs to be reinforced and drilled.


September 2016 – Present

• Coordinate response efforts between ARES Groups and Amateur Radio
networks within the District.
• Act as backup for local areas without an EC and maintain contact
with governmental agencies and NGO’s (Red Cross and Salvation Army).
• Provide direction in the routing and handling of emergency
communications traffic of either a formal or tactical nature, with
the specific emphasis being placed on health and welfare traffic.
• Be fully conversant in the National Traffic System/Radio Relay
International routing and procedures, and have a thorough
understanding of the locale role of all vital governmental and volunteer
agencies that could be involved in an emergency.


NIMS All Hazards Communication Leader (ComL).
Auxiliary Communications Management (AuxCom).
Auxiliary Communications Emergency Solutions (ACES) Instructor.
WAEMD Amateur Radio Resources Workshop Instructor (G0251).
Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) Level 3 qualified.

BS Degree from Northfield University in Safety Engineering;
AS Degree from UCLA in Paramedic Medicine.

Honorable Discharge U.S. Air Force, served 1980-1991

Mike’s email address is: and you may feel free to
reach out to him.

If you would like to become a part of the Preparedness team please send
Mike, KB0SVF, an email indicating your interest in teamwork
development/building, amateur radio emegency communications training and
meaningful drill and exercise preparation/presentation.

ARRL Western Washington Section
Section Manager: Monte L Simpson, W7FF

ARES Preparedness Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator