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Learn about [and the basics of how to use] different emergency commnication options (FRS, GMRS, Amateur Radio, & Cellular) and the role each one of them can play if disaster strikes. Course time: 50-minutes

Emergency Communications 101

Understanding what communication options are available is half the battle when putting together a family disaster communications plan. Having all of this information in one concise course saves a lot of time and effort.

  • Learn key differences between FRS, GMRS, and Amateur Radio Communications.

  • Includes crash-course and basic tutorials for how to use FRS, GMRS, Amateur Radio, and NOAA Weater Channel.

  • Download a Resource List of recommended devices for each option.

  • Learn about 5 Emergency Cellular Apps that you can keep on your phone to help during a disaster.

  • Quick access links to Goverment Regulation Sites for licenses, etc.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Welcome
    • Welcome to the Course, from Kevin Haney
    • Communications Overview: Types of Communication Devices
  • 2
    Communication Tools
    • Family Radio Service (FRS) & General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS)
    • Amateur Radio (HAM)
    • Cellular Service
  • 3
    Review of 5 Emergency Apps
    • Emergency Cellular Phone Applications to Consider
  • 4
    Final Thoughts
    • Wrap-Up & Next Steps
  • 5
    Resource Links / Resources
    • Communications Resource List & Links

Meet Your Instructor

  • Kevin Haney

    Communication Expert, COML, EMT

    Kevin Haney

    Kevin Haney has a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and been working in the computer industry for over 30 years. He's had his national and State of MN certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for the past 13 years and volunteers as an EMT for Lake Shetek First Responders and part time with Tracy Ambulance Service in Tracy, Minnesota. Kevin also holds an Amateur Radio General Class FCC license and is the Murray County ARES Emergency Coordinator. In 2016 he also was certified by the State of Minnesota as a DHS Communication Unit Leader (COML) and provides communications support for large scale incidents in Minnesota.