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In case of emergency tune to AM radio 1700 and monitor 444.525MHZ + 103.5 or FRS Channel 2

 

Issaquah Citizen Corps is trying to restart our regular weekly radio net.
If you are interested in participating please e-mail at
netmanager@issaquahcitizencorps.org

Training & Events Briefs
Next 5th Saturday Drill
Sept. 30
09:00 - 12:00
Issaquah Communication and Support Team (ICaST) Exercises (5th Saturday Drill) - Join Issaquah and surrounding area Hams for an organized exercise designed to put into practice skills learned in CERT and other related training.  Exercises will be during the months with a fifth Saturday and for 2017, there are three such days on April 29, Sept. 30 and Dec. 30.  Drills will be conducted from 09:00 to 12:00.  Location TBD.  Learn more.
December
2 & 9
9:00 - 17:00
HAM Radio Technician Class - The Issaquah Amateur Radio Club (IARC) will be offering a 2-day course to help you get your Technician, General or Extra class license.  Testing will take place at the end of the 2nd Saturday. Learn more.


Emergency Contacts

Telephone
EOC - (425) 837-3180; If EOC switch is down, (425) 391-1042

AM Radio - 1700

FRS Radio - Channel 2; Sub-Channel 0

HAM Radio
Location Frequency Simplex-Duplex Offset Tone Comments
Fire Repeater 444.525 Duplex +5 103.5 Yield to MED 1 traffic and switch to CERT Ops channel
CERT Operations 445.975 Simplex 71.9  
ICaST Coordination 146.560 Simplex 71.9  
Fire Zone 1 - EOC Coordination 443.700 Duplex +5 103.5
King County ARES 147.080 Duplex +5 103.5  
ICaST Repeater 443.450 Duplex +5 71.9


When disasters happen one of the first pieces of infrastructure to go away are standard communications methods.  During the first few days following an incident phones, both landline and cellular, fail due to physical damage or overloading.  Most current cellular systems are designed to have 20%-30% of the phones in their area on the network making calls.  Following a disaster or large scale event people reach for their phones, they want to call for help, let family know they are okay, or check on other family members that may be affected as well.  This large amount of call volume can quickly crash a fully operational phone system.

This doesn't only apply when natural disasters occur, it also becomes a factor when people gather in large numbers.  In 2013 the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl and the ensuing parade overloaded the cellular network in the city of Seattle.  Estimates range from 250,000 to 700,000 people gathering in downtown Seattle to celebrate the victory.  Many of these people were trying to post social media updates, send text messages, and make calls.  Due to the large volume of traffic on the system many of those people were not able to get their messages out.  During the parade the only reliable source of communication was with radios.
Radios have many benefits.  One of the most important is they don't rely on an infrastructure that is susceptible to crashing from overloading.  They also allow multiple team members to hear messages all at the same time.  This means important information can get to, not only its intended recipient faster, but have widespread distribution and impact.

Responsibility for Issaquah's disaster communications responds falls on the Issaquah Communications and Support Team (ICaST or ICST).  Issaquah's 2016 Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan states that ICaST will "provide for and maintain a communications system for the efficient flow of information during emergency or disaster operations for the City of Issaquah."  ICaST also will "provide or supplement alerting and warning key officials and the public of an impending or occurring emergency or disaster."  For a full account of ICaST's roles and responsibilities, see Issaquah's 2016 Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.

Radio & Communication Resources



Issaquah Amateur Radio Club


ARES / RACES of King County


Mike & Key Amateur Club


Amateur Radio Relay League


Washington State Amateur Emergency Communications


2016 Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan


Amateur Radio Licensing Classes - Puget Sound Area


License Practice Exams - Technician, General or Extra


Radio & Communications - CERT Training Units 2-6

  

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Issaquah Citizen Corps
Post Office Box 2365
Issaquah, Washington 98027
Sponsored by the City of Issaquah