PALMS/WESTSIDE VILLAGE DISASTER COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING & EXERCISE

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Palms Middle School

10860 Woodbine Street

Los Angeles, CA 90034

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Whether it's an earthquake or a power outage, we always find that communications is a resource that is always in short supply or no supply. Conventional telephones, cellular systems, and web based applications are usually rendered useless in emergency situations. One of the best and time-tested communications tools that's available to everyone is FRS (Family Radio Service) two-way radio. Consumer level radios can be found at Target or Best Buy and are usuable right out of the box. They also don't require licensing from the FCC. These radios have played a role in many major events and given neighborhoods the ability to talk to each other which increases information sharing while dialing back the fear factor. There are HIGHER LEVEL communication platforms (GMRS & HAM), but this is a great neighborhood level/introductory option.

Your CERT Battalion 18 team will be bringing training for disaster communications to Palms/Westside Village along with an actual exercise to put you and your radios to the test. We'll meet outside of Palms Middle School where we'll have a short "class session" on FRS and its usage. After the class, we'll turn you loose on the neighborhood and put you through a simulated situation where these radios will be of use. We know you'll be amazed at how empowered you'll be knowing you have this resource at your finger tips. We'll also talk to you about those "higher level" communication platforms AND they will be part of your neighborhood exercise. Therefore, you'll see how YOUR communications get routed up from the neighborhood level to your Los Angeles CITY Fire Department.

If you HAVE THESE RADIOS, bring them with you along with any questions you have. If you DON'T have these radios, we'll have some training radios available, though quantities are limited.

Hosts: Valerie Fontaine (WVHA & CERT Batt. 18), Roger Satorra (CERT Batt. 18 Communications), Terrence Gomes (CERT Batt. 18), and Chin Thammasaengsri (CERT South Bureau)

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Palms Middle School

10860 Woodbine Street

Los Angeles, CA 90034

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