Sometimes volunteers are called upon because emergency communications is needed immediately. Other times, volunteers are called upon to serve as back-up support in anticipation of losing total communications. Don’t be discouraged if your services don’t appear to have been useful. Having you there in place and ready to operate provides a very valuable service.
Before volunteering for emergency communications, be sure of the following:
.. Family are safe and secure.
.. Family has enough provisions, etc.
.. Property is safe
.. Monitor the designated frequencies, radio, and t.v.
.. Contact your Emergency Coordinator or designee for instructions.
.. Check batteries.
.. Check medications if applicable.
.. Know and understand the volunteer handout.
.. Do not take action until you are told to act.
.. Be prepared to operate.
.. Check all equipment and connections.
.. Have pencil, paper, and radiograms ready.
.. Obtain tactical frequencies.
.. Check-in with your designated net or operations.
.. Obtain tactical call sign if appropriate.
.. Monitor all frequencies assigned to you.
.. Notify net control operator if you have to leave.
.. BE SURE TO ABSOLUTELY FOLLOW THE CHAIN OF COMMAND!
.. If you are operating in the field, always keep a safe distance from any hazards.
.. Keep yourself well hydrated (drink plenty of water).
.. Take breaks and get rest when you can.
.. Do not overexert yourself. Be aware of your own limitations
.. Do not overreact, become hysterical, or try to provide more help than is needed.
.. DO NOT BECOME A VICTIM YOURSELF