by Don Metheny, SEN CERT Lead
Hello Southeast Neighbors. If you have a walkie-talkie or FRS/GMRS radio, we need your help.
As part of our plan to communicate after a disaster or adverse weather, we will be having a radio drill Sunday, January 8 at 4:30 pm to see who we can contact and who we can’t (radio waves will not travel through or around hills). The drill will last about 15 to 20 minutes and test our ability to use walkie-talkies and the Family Radio Service (FRS) to communicate. I encourage you to participate. Or just listen in. And have fun!
Prior to 4:30, turn on your radio (make sure it’s charged up or has good batteries), and tune to channel 5 and, if equipped, to sub channel 0. Make sure you are on the low power or 1 watt setting (check your instructions).
At 4:30, I will initiate the drill with the following message:
“Calling all Southeast Neighbors. This is a drill and test of our disaster communications plan. Please check in by giving your name and location. For example, this is Don on Wendell Lane near the intersection of 43rd and Spring Drive.”
Try to take turns – we can’t all talk at once. If you don’t hear me, then go ahead and try to communicate with those near you. Keep a list of who and especially the location of people contacted.
I don’t expect everything to go perfectly. That is the purpose of this and drills to come. It is for us to learn what works and doesn’t work; for us to learn how many people will be available at a given time; and to learn how much time will be needed to exercise communication with all our neighbors.
IMPORTANT: At the end of the drill, it would be very helpful for you to email or call in the results. I will put together a map showing which locations can contact which. This will help us see how radio communications might work in our Southeast Neighborhood.