Recognizing that communication during any emergency is of the upmost importance, the South County Emergency Volunteer Corps has launched an effort aimed at improving the number of GMRS and HAM operators that can assist with communications during an emergency as well as improving the skills of all its members. Work is currently in process setting up zones of communications.
Why have a community radio
- Call for help when other communications methods fail
- Stay in touch with your neighbors during an emergency
- The ability to alert out of the area family members as to your health and welfare
- To provide situation reports and request resources
The recommended South County GMRS radio recommendation is included below.
BTECH GMRS-V1 GMRS PORTABLE RADIO + DUAL BAND SCANNER (VHF/UHF)
22 Modifiable GMRS Two-Way Channels (Channels 1-22) – Receive and Transmit 8 Modifiable GMRS Repeater Channels (Channels 23-30) – Receive and Transmit 98 Programmable Scanner Channels (Channels 00, 31-127) – Receive Only FM Radio Flashlight NOAA Weather Radio Compatible Tri-Color Adjustable Backlight
Once purchased, programming to South County standards and training are available. As any GMRS radio can connect into our community network, let our team know if you have a different radio so we can test and validate your communications.
The Federal Communications Commission requires a license is to use radios on the GMRS frequencies. A GMRS license is good for ten years, and is valid for the licensee’s immediate family. Costs are expected to be $35.00 in the future, but prices can fluctuate due to the tax owned.
Once you have your radio
The South County GMRS Emergency Radio Net is held every 2’nd Wednesday of the month at around 6:00 pm, depending upon your location. If you would like to participate, you can contact our Communications Team to check about joining the Net from your neighborhood.
Download our GMRS Training Presentation Here.