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Radio Basics for Block Captains

Brian Cooley, a HAM radio operator who lives in Central Marin, guided a group of NRG volunteers through the basics of using a handheld two-way radio. Communication is essential after disasters, so having and knowing how to use these radios is one way Block Captains can better respond to disasters affecting their neighborhoods.

After making sure their households are safe, Block Captains will survey their neighborhood to make sure everyone is safe and uninjured. They can use handheld radios to report their findings to a local Command Post (staffed by volunteers). This video captures the basics of how the radio works and the guidelines for creating concise messages.

Watch the recording below to find out more!


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