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What Can We Expect in a Disaster or Major Emergency

When I was in EmComm (Emergency Communications), there was a list that was passed around as a way of helping emergency coordinators make better plans for disasters. I originally found the information online here: http://www.races.org/docs/msg002.htm, though now it seems this page exists here: http://www.races.org/reading/msg002.htm. The following list is primarily for emergency communicators, but it’s applicable to all emergency situations. It’s point-of-view is that of the emergency rescuers and coordinators, but you can easily extrapolate each of these to a personal POV and see how the reality and the plan often differ greatly. The need to over-prepare is emphasized, whether on … Continue reading

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Episode 156 – Family Communications Plan, Part 2

            This is part 2 of continuing to talk about a Family Communications Plan.  In this podcast, we continue covering the various types of radios that are available, using dead drops and other aspects of putting a plan together.  This podcast was broken into two parts for convenience and not based on subject matter.  They should be listened to together, as they are a complete topic. Part 2 Continuing with radio types FRS – Family Radio Service Is in the UHF band, and is limited to one-half watt.  Also, you can only used a fixed, non-removable … Continue reading

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Episode 155 – Family Communications Plan, Part 1

            This is part 1 of discussing a Family Communications Plan.  The main question people have is how they can communicate with their family during a disaster or time when the phone lines aren’t working.  This podcast was broken into two parts for convenience and not based on subject matter.  They should be listened to together, as they are a complete topic. Part 1 Why you should have a Family Communications Plan (FCP) Communication options cell phone voice texting email How to communicate in a crisis? Typically, when there’s an disaster or other crisis event, people … Continue reading

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