To get KARO ECHO ready for an emergency, we have divided the needed tasks into six main workstreams.
If we want to support radio communications in an emergency, we need radios, antennas, batteries, and more. The Organizational Infrastructure workstream is dedicated to deciding where to build city-owned radio stations, how volunteers will access them in an emergency, and how the stations will be maintained.
Operational radio stations are useless without a plan for how to get messages from place to place. The Technical workstream is dedicated to internal frequency coordination, traffic routes, message formats, and how radio nets are run.
KARO-ECHO is only as good as the radio operators who volunteer to participate. The Recruitment workstream is dedicated to bringing in new and old volunteers, education and outreach, and public relations.
Most people can figure out how to operate a radio, but if everyone starts doing their own thing in an emergency it is going to be chaos. The TRAINING workstream is dedicated to training volunteers on how to format messages, how to pass traffic on an emergency net, how to access city-owned radio stations in an emergency, and how to get an amateur radio license.
There are a number of emergency communications organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, of which KARO-ECHO is one. The Coordination workstream is dedicated to working with other organizations, such as NALCO ARES-RACES, WCoCo County RACES, State ACS, the Red Cross and other disaster services to coordinate frequencies, share teachings, plan cross-area drills, Mutual Assistance Teams (MAT), and coordinate local GMRS/FRS interface with ham radio. and be able to both give and receive mutual Aid when the need arises.
Creating a practical ham/GMRS/FRS interface structure.
You can read more about what we're trying to do on the Overview page.