24. NSSE

Have you ever heard of a National Special Security Event, or NSSE? An NSSE is an activity deemed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as being a significant target for terrorism or organized criminal activity.  Once something is declared an NSSE, the U.S. Secret Service assumes ultimate responsibility for security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation takes on intelligence functions and the Federal Emergency Management Agency leads any necessary post-event recovery.

NSSEs are rare in Ohio, but the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland from July 18th through July 21st has been so designated.  The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention in Cincinnati from July 11th through July 16th approaches NSSE status, as does the Presidential Debate in Fairborn scheduled for September 26th, although I have not yet seen announcements regarding NSSE status for these events.

Amateur Radio operators are being recruited as volunteers for the Republican National Convention.  Most positions are with American Red Cross support units in Cuyahoga and Summit Counties.  To volunteer, email Cuyahoga County ARES at info@ccares.us.  As to the other two events, I will pass volunteer contact information along as I obtain it.