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BeCERTAINN: Repeater Radio Communications in a Disaster
January 31, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
How do we communicate in a large-scale emergency when traditional systems have been disrupted?
Geoff Lomax, one of the co-founders of BeCERTAINN, discusses an exciting new communication tool using “walkie talkies” for residents in the City of Berkeley. BeCERTAINN’s goal is to connect CERT Teams (neighborhood groups) to each other to improve our collective disaster response capacity and effectiveness.
BeCERTAINN, Berkeley CERT and Inter-Neighborhood Network is a city-wide amateur radio network designed to enable CERT Teams to communicate. BeCERTAINN combines General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) — a licensed radio service — with a radio repeater. The repeater is a combination of a radio receiver and a radio transmitter that enables CERT teams to receive and retransmit a signal from most locations in the City of Berkeley, covering much larger areas than traditional 2-way radio communication. Geoff will describe how the Network is being utilized by CERT teams, longer-term objectives, and how your and/or neighborhood can participate.
Additional background on the Network and development team may be found here: https://www.berkeleyside.com/2018/02/01/berkeley-neighbors-seek-to-widen-grassroots-emergency-radio-system
Then after Geoff’s presentation, BDPNN’s Lynn Zummo will explain how you can take emergency communication to the next level with ham (licensed amateur) radio and NALCO, the Northern Alameda County Amateur Radio Emergency Services and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services. Learn what NALCO is and how they will be helping the City of Berkeley in a disaster.