WVHA Preparedness Event 2018 - Emergency Communications: Our Phones Are Out, Now What?
Posted on January 15th, 2018

​In a regional emergency such as an earthquake, our communications systems—cell phones, land lines, and Internet— likely will fail.

FRS (Family Radio Service) radios, which are small, portable hand-held devices that function like walkie-talkies, work well for short range communication. They are an important part of your family’s disaster preparedness kit. Anyone who uses a mobile phone can, with a little training and practice (and fresh batteries), become a good FRS radio communicator. Learn how to use your FRS radio and practice your skills in a simulated emergency drill.

Please bring your FRS radios and batteries to our Emergency Communications Training:

Saturday, February 10, 9:00AM to noon
Meet near the flagpole in front of Palms Middle School
10860 Woodbine Street, between Kelton and Glendon
Los Angeles, 90034

Buying your FRS radio
You can buy handheld radios at most hardware and sporting goods stores, disaster suppliers,
and general merchandise stores, as well as online. Both Motorola and Midland have a selection
of moderately-priced models, as do several other brands.

NOTE: FRS radio operators don’t require a license but users of similar, more powerful, GMRS
two-way radios must have an FCC (Federal Communications Commission)-issued license. Some
devices are marketed as "FRS/GMRS" or "dual-service devices" but, if you operate such a radio exclusively under FRS rules, you don’t need a license.


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