||A Routine message is one that has no urgency aspect of any kind,
such as a greeting. 99 out of 100 messages have a Routine precedence.
|Health & Welfare
||An H&W message is one that is either an inquiry to the health
and welfare (hence the term) of an individual in a disaster area or an
advisory from the disaster area that all is well. H&W traffic will
be handled before any Routine traffic is handled.
||A Priority message is one that has a specific time limit, official
messages not covered by the next category, press dispatches and
emergency-related traffic not of the utmost urgency, and notice of death
or injury in a disaster area, personal or official. Priority traffic
will be handled before any H&W traffic is handled.
|EMERGENCY (always spelled out)
||An EMERGENCY message is one that has life-or-death urgency to any
persons or group of persons. This includes official messages from
welfare agencies during times of emergency requesting supplies,
materials, or instructions, that are vital to relief efforts. These
types of messsages should only be sent by Amateur Radio when there are
no alternate forms of communication to a disaster area. EMERGENCY
traffic will be handled before any Priority traffic is handled. When in
doubt, do NOT use this designation!!!