What to do first in an emergency:

  1. Check that your family is safe and secure. People are our number one priority.
  2. Make sure your house and property are safe and secure. People need a place to stay.
  3. Monitor 147.42 simplex, and if you dual band, also monitor 147.34 (Utah County Amateur Emergency Service [UCARES] repeater, PL100) for wider information about what is happening in the valley. Monitor AM/FM news when you're not on duty.
  4. If all is well at home, you can volunteer when a call goes out on the Hillcrest Neighborhood Emergency Net frequency.
  5. If you are assigned a position away from your home, bring your GO BAG and 72-hour kit, for living and operating away from home.
    1. A GO BAG is a 72-hour kit for your radio
    2. For you, 3 gallons of water, 3 days food, change of clothes, work gloves, first aid kit, toilet paper, soap, etc, sleeping bag, plastic sheeting and duct tape. In a water-tight tub.
    3. For your 2m mobile/handheld radio, extra batteries, ear phone, radio manual, flashlight, antenna adapters (to hook up with a PL259, BNC, or SMA antenna), AM/FM radio and Li batteries, emergency phone and locations list, local map, hat and good shoes, something that documents that you are a licensed radio operator, snacks, and most important, a pencil and notebook to keep track of the details we need to communicate. In a backpack. If possible, add a solar battery charger for all your electronic devices. Electronics are best kept in waterproof freezer bags.
  6. Use your notebook always. It is your memory. It is your log. But it is not a place to record rumors.
  7. Then we do our jobs: we are not there to be reporters, or police, or firemen. We have no civic authority whatever. We are there to pass messages from people in our neighborhood to our leaders. Other than initial net check-ins, all our transmissions happen because someone else wanted us to transmit: the net control station might request a status, or a neighbor who needs help might come to you with a request, or a leader might want us to gather information and report. Otherwise we listen.
  8. When it is time to talk on the radio, always take a moment to allow a pause between all transmissions and to calm yourself, then speak slowly, as you would to someone in a very noisy environment, which is almost always the case in an emergency.
  9. If an event continues for more than a day, take time off. Work your shift, and then go back to your family. We are not sleepless heros.