Systems for Protection
With the help of the Community Emergency Response Volunteers, Monterey CERT just received six VHF/UHF, dual-band antennas for the six neighborhood containers that do not have qualified Dual Band antennas.
How Emergency Response Radios Impact Disaster Situations
The Emergency Response Radio is a system that operates similarly to a cell phone. It pinpoints the locations of first responders and sends the information back to a command center or dispatch. In an emergency event, this data can be used to locate and deploy rescue efforts to reduce the number of injuries or fatalities that could occur during a disaster - increasing communications between rescuers and those in danger.
Advancements for Better Support Systems
The prior operating radio frequencies used by Monterey CERT were VHF only. With the Monterey Fire Department’s help, Monterey CERT was able to add a repeater to boost the service area's radio coverage. But the repeaters operate on UHF, which is a difference in frequency and wavelength. Because the current non-dual band antennas can harm the base station radios in these containers, literally burn them up, Monterey CERT has programmed these radios not to be able to broadcast or transmit to the repeater. These six containers base station radios could not participate with Monterey CERT's increased radio capabilities.
New Service Areas
Monterey CERT Containers with new Radio Antennas:
- Casa Nova Oak Knoll Park
- Del Monte Beach
- Old Town
- Foothill School
- Hilltop Park
- Fire Station #3
The antennas were placed at the containers that needed these antennas to be able to safely broadcast to the repeater.
Network Preparation and Operations
The Radio Committee has deployed the antennae's and re-programed the relevant radios with these six antennas.
On Sunday, July 18th a serious house fire started in the 600 block of Pine Street in Monterey. Several units from the Monterey Fire Department responded to control the fire. CERT members responded to provide hydration and protein bars to firefighters. CERT also assisted with traffic control, freeing several police units that were on scene. A down power line made scene safety a huge priority!
The new CERT radio repeater was used to contact CERT members and organize their response. The CERT trailer was also deployed to the scene.
Local Organization CFMC Provided Support
CERV of the Monterey Peninsula received the grant that helped facilitate these emergency response antennas from the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) through the Monterey County Fire Relief Fund.