Emergency Communications

The Emergency Communications Group meets at 7 PM on the second Wednesday of every month from September through June, just prior to the regular Members Meeting. The CAARA EmComm Group is headed by Curtis Wright, AA3JE

So have you just received your amateur radio license and are interested in getting involved in using your license and radio for serving the public in times of emergency? Well here are a few websites to help guide you in that direction.

http://www.arrl.org Once your on the website you can click on the public service tab or the education tab. You will find a great deal of information there and if you want to really go for it you can take the 8 week,25 hour EC-001 Basic Emergency Communications online course. You may also purchase the ARRL Emergency Communications handbook which has a wealth of information.

http://www.emergency-radio.org This website is an offshoot of the ARRL and describes and promotes the public service they provide.It also has a few links to other websites which can help you.

http://www.wx1box.org Massachusetts National Weather service

http://www.training.fema.org If you want to learn more about how the Federal Emergency Management Association handles the organization of helping the public during disasters you can take a couple of free online courses called ICS 100 and ICS 700 which you will learn all about the ” Incident Command System” and the “National Incident Management System”.

http://www.scanboston.com A website that contains public saftey frequencies plus some items on scanners.

http://www.usraces.org This website describes all about what the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services provides for FEMA and other government agencies during disasters.

http://www.ares.ema.arrl.org This website describes what is happening in emergency communications and the organization in the entire Eastern Mass Area.

http://www.skywarn.org This website cover describes how radio amateurs help the National Weather Service in communicating real time weather events to protect the public.

http://www.gloucester-ma.gov/index.aspx?NID=587 Gloucester’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a disaster. During an incident, emergency service personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away.

http://www.caept.org/ CAEPT is the Cape Ann Emergency Planning team which coordinates local government and public safety resources for the communities of Gloucester, Manchester, Essex, and Rockport Massachusetts.

http://www.fema.gov Federal Emergency Management Agency

http://www.ready.gov Federal Government Disaster Preparedness

http://www.dhs.gov Department of Homeland Security

http://www.mass.gov Massachusetts State Government Information

The Emergency Communications Group meets at 7 PM on the second Wednesday of every month from September through June at the Caara Clubhouse on 6 Stanwood Street in Gloucester where we plan and discuss how to provide emergency and public service communications for the Cape Ann Area and if you are interested in emcomm work please come down and introduce yourself.