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Comminucations Breakdown

CERT stands for "Community Emergency Response Team" and is a program that educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT Members please post about your activities and training in this sub-forum

Comminucations Breakdown

Postby jesscott98 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:32 am

With the recent events in NJ, and my community being hard hit, we found communications to be very hard. No phone as most people now use cells or have the house phone hooked into VoIP. And most CERT team members don't carry radios because they are all kept at police HQ and are only available when we mobilize.

Anyone have suggestions on other communications protocols that you use in times of emergencies?
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Re: Comminucations Breakdown

Postby Hiker72 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:49 am

What you could try is setting up an action plan where CERT members respond to the local/township fire station in the event communications are down. CERT members could then possibly provide support as needed from there.

Or as a variation, set up team leaders that can have their own radio, and have a team rally point. This way the team can get into action and the team leader can provide some level of comms back to the powers that be. This what we've been hoping to get to locally.

Locally, we have all of our HAM radio operators go to the local/township fire stations as well.
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Re: Comminucations Breakdown

Postby jesscott98 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:00 pm

Thanks. Our debrief for the storm will be next week, I'll mention the central rally point idea.
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Re: Comminucations Breakdown

Postby SCVCERT » Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:23 pm

A lot of out here on the West coast use Ham Radio or FRS/GMRS radios.

Keep those other Freq clear for Fire and Law Enforcement.
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Re: Comminucations Breakdown

Postby 3ADScout » Sun Dec 02, 2012 11:06 pm

CB- no license, decent propagation, very cost effective, simple push to talk. Can set up a relay system to send messages.
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Re: Comminucations Breakdown

Postby jychauncey » Wed May 20, 2015 1:17 pm

what is a ham radio and where do you get one?
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Re: Comminucations Breakdown

Postby Defcon09 » Wed May 20, 2015 4:33 pm

jychauncey wrote:what is a ham radio and where do you get one?


Ohhhh, ham radio is bigger than there is space here to describe it. It's a form of licensed radio communications that covers a wide variety of privileges using a variety of equipment covering local or worldwide communications. Do a search on this. Here one will get many different answers from the "experts" we call ourselves.
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Re: Comminucations Breakdown

Postby Gunns » Thu May 21, 2015 7:59 am

jychauncey wrote:what is a ham radio and where do you get one?


Well a ham radio is when you take a walkie talkie and make pig swallow it. Every time you need to use it you pull his tail.

That was my attempt at humor.
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Re: Comminucations Breakdown

Postby dmwalsh568 » Thu May 21, 2015 8:08 am

jychauncey wrote:what is a ham radio and where do you get one?


A good place to start, after reading around the boards here of course, is to go to:

http://www.arrl.org

They have info on getting licensed, local HAM related events, etc.
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Re: Comminucations Breakdown

Postby pauldsimpson » Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:38 pm

Another good site to learn about Ham Radio
https://qrz.com/
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Re: Comminucations Breakdown

Postby NJMike » Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:26 am

My prior community's CERT team were almost all radio licensed and a number of them had been operating for some time. They all had their own equipment at home in addition to what the OEM provided. I was involved with them post-Hurricane Sandy, so not sure if there was some course correction needed in their case, as identified in the OP situation. I did learn that CERT is handled differently at the town and county levels depending.
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Re: Comminucations Breakdown

Postby Norman11 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:58 pm

Communication problems have always happened during emergencies. Planning ahead is necessary If you are intending on using a radio. It takes two to tango. The is no ring tome like a phone. In my area CERT is planning on using GMRS and FRS radios available at Walmart and sporting good stores. FRS is low power. radio to radio No License. GMRS requires a license from the FCC base station can go up to 25 watt. The license is good for your whole family. No test. Ham radio is the Amateur Radio System that has been around as long as radio. You study the rules take a test , if you pass you are licensed. The radios will talk to other radios and thru repeaters that cover larger areas. Estimate 40 to 60 mile depending on location. Ham radios cost from $35.00 up
Again you need two, yours and who you intend to talk to. Your Local CERT coordinator can advise you on the local plan. For your family plan ahead what to do where to go , a time of day and a frequency to talk on, and if you miss that time three hours later.
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