The Orange CERT graduated and swore in 15 new members on Wednesday, Dec. 11, swelling the ranks of the team to 55 members; 12 of which are ham radio operators.
The CERT team regularly conducts refresher training in first aid, search & rescue, and other CERT training. They are responsible for the Orange Emergency Shelter and have trained for working with people with special needs and service animals. The shelter welcomes animals and has a designated room for them.
Why Ham Radio?
The ham radio operators EmComm team meets once a week to discuss emergency communications and we have a net each Monday night at 7:00 pm. They use the simplex frequency 145.65Ø MHz and have established a propagation map around town without the use of a repeater.
If the power goes down, they may not have repeaters to use. Using the information they have generated, the hams know they can reach each other’s neighborhoods and also the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).