COMMUNICATION IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY
Your cell phone will not work! Many households do not have a land line telephone!
Get an FRS radio for each member of the family and put an extra in the family car. Cell phones are not likely to work – FRS radio will work – but have limited range. Only designed to get you help and communicate within a short distance (under 2 miles).
REI offers a very good summary of the FRS Radios and GMRS. Check them out HERE. A GMRS radio requires a license but is more powerful and longer range. I’ve found good radios at the following sites: www.amazon.com(FRS radio) Motorola $40 for a pair REI has Motorola (FRS) for $35 pair (online only), more choices in store Radio Shack also has several choices. Costco radios have 3 AA batteries … not as good, but you still want the flexibility to run on AA batteries. Make sure your radio comes with AA batteries. When the power is out you will want to be able to put new batteries in your radio. When you purchase it – recycle the battery pack – and carry spare AA batteries.
GET A HAM RADIO LICENSE/HAM RADIO
In the hours and days following the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, in some affected areas, Amateur Radio was the only means of two-way communication… Get the booklet from the local library! Read, study and find where an exam is available near you. Check out the National Association for Amateur Radio HERE. Take the 35 question exam (you can take it more than once). Pay a $15 license fee. Check out www.hamcity.com for a LMR Two Way Ham Radio – should cost between $200 – $300. TAKE THE CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) CLASS Go HERE for upcoming classes and the Community Outreach for the San Ramon Valley Fire Dept. You get a nifty green helmet, goggles, vest and a backpack! Most of all you will understand how to be more prepared in the event you come across an emergency – a bus accident or an earthquake. You will be prepared!