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Disaster Radio Service Program

Fire, Flood, Hurricane, Accident, Tornado

When Communications are OUT!
Landlines, Cell Phones, and the Internet will not work!

 
What is it? 
A voluntary service provided by the KPARC Non-Profit Amateur Radio Club and is a low cost, radio service intended to provide a way to request emergency services when the local phone and cell systems are out of service.
 
Who provides the service?
The local amateur radio operators with the support of Kings Point Radio Club.
 
How does it work?
Radio Amateurs set up listening stations throughout the community to receive the emergency request then relay the request to the SCC Emergency Squad or the 911 operator via. ham radio links.
 
Which radio do I need to participate?
The DRS program is based around a readily available inexpensive radio from the Retevis company (Model RT22) which is compatible with the Family Radio Service (FRS).  You can arrange to purchase a pre-programmed RT22 directly from KPARC as part of the joining process to the program.
 
Amateur radio operators and GMRS licensed users can also participate in the program, details of programming you radio equipment can be obtained when joining the program.
 
Where can I learn more about this program? 
Visit the Kings Point Radio Club on Wednesday mornings between 9 AM and 11 AM to obtain radios, test radios, or learn how to make emergency calls.