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Disaster Communications Service

Community Programs

Disaster Communications Service


Amateur radio operators from throughout the area are welcome to join the County’s “Disaster Communications Service” (DCS). 


The mission of the DCS is to provide and coordinate supplemental emergency radio communications during times of disaster along with other public service needs in support of the activities of the county’s Emergency Management Agency.


DCS holds regular meetings where all area amateurs are invited to meet in a social atmosphere to assist with disaster communications planning, use emergency response communications equipment, and to come face-to-face with others they may be talking with on-the-air.


Regular communications exercises are held with the County EMA covering a variety of events such as severe weather, nuclear power plant, terrorism and hazardous materials.


Frequent training and FCC test sessions are also sponsored and conducted locally.


DCS also supports the programs of “Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services” (RACES) which is Federal Government radio service, “Amateur Radio Emergency Service” (ARES), a service of the American Radio Relay League  and  “SKYWARN”, a program of the National Weather Service.  Further information and an application for joining DCS may be obtained by contacting the County Emergency Management Agency Office at 570-433-4461.


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