SHARES is available on a 24-hour basis to provide
an emergency communications link to support intra- or interagency
mission requirements. No prior coordination is necessary; no SHARES
"activation" is required. The flagword "SHARES"
is all that is needed to get the message through. Certain conditions
must exist, however, to use SHARES. These include:
- The information must support National Security
and Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP) requirements.
- The information must be communicated to a
Federal entity and be of critical importance to the Federal
government, the entity's mission, and/or involve the preservation
of life and property.
- The primary means of communications must
be inoperative or unavailable for use.
- The processing of SHARES message traffic
must not interfere with the primary mission requirements of the
To access the SHARES network, authorized users should
contact the nearest SHARES station and request assistance in processing
a SHARES message. All SHARES messages are unclassified; however, encrypted
messages are authorized to be passed over SHARES. Message precedence
is not used in SHARES. The priority for handling SHARES messages, in
relation to other mission or emergency message traffic, is established
by the participating SHARES station. Use of the flagword "SHARES", however,
serves to notify SHARES station personnel that the information supports
national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) communications and
is of critical importance.
Processing SHARES Messages
An HF radio station accepting SHARES message
traffic formats the message in accordance with SHARES formatting
procedures contained in the SHARES User Manual, and refers to the
SHARES Directory to identify a SHARES station nearest the message
addressee. Contact is made with the station in accordance with SHARES
radio operating procedures. If contact cannot be established, or
if the receiving station is unable to assist is processing the message
due to other mission requirements, the calling station selects another
SHARES station near the message addressee. The message may also
be relayed by other SHARES stations.
To increase the number of stations on-the-air and
available to support SHARES during the first hours of an emergency,
a SHARES Coordination Network (SCN) Level Change Notice is issued
to SHARES stations and listed on the SHARES homepage and Pactor
Bulletin Board System (PBBS). The Notice alerts station personnel
to the fact that requests for assistance in processing SHARES messages
may be expected.
Stations electing to support SHARES during an
emergency submit a Station Availability Report to one of the SHARES
Coordination Stations. These reports are forwarded to the SHARES
Emergency Coordination Team and are tracked on the SHARES Emergency
Management System, a mapping system used to track stations on-the-air
and available to support SHARES. SHARES Operation Report, an electronic
confirmation (SHARES Form 5), is issued to acknowledge station participation
in a SHARES activity. Distribution is made only to stations that
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