COMMUNICATIONS Hagana Ezrahit is a common sense
resources guide about
Civilian Defense and Emergency Preparedness
the things we have come to expect, and take
pretty much for granted these days is instant
communications and access to news and
information. We have come to depend on
telephones, mobile phones, SMS and email for
communications, and the internet for our news
and information. These technologies are
terrific, but, as New Yorkers discovered on
9/11, they are likely to fail when you need
them the most. In the event of a wide spread
infrastructure failure, these resources may be
unavailable for an extended period of time.
disaster occurs, if the power distribution and
information networks are still functioning,
they will quickly become overloaded, as calls
to emergency services such as ambulance, fire
and police take precedence. If power goes off,
telephone service, both fixed and mobile, as
well as internet access, will cease to work.
little planning and minimum investment, you
can prepare yourself for the possibility of
emergencies in the future, and avoid being out
of touch when you most need to be.
of the requirements for creating an
emergency communications system include:
should be easy to operate and have effective
should be inexpensive.
(i.e. low initial cost, low maintenance and
no monthly fees)
must be readily available when needed.
must be able to operate “off the grid”.
must operate with replaceable, easily
available batteries, and not depend on
battery chargers that require “plug-in”
phones stop working you’re going to need a
method to communicate with family and people
in your community to coordinate and implement
emergency plans. For short range
communications the logical choice is one of
several models of “Private Mobile Radios”.
These are small license free, handheld two way
radios that are about the size of a cell phone
that provide point-to-point communications
with a range of a kilometer or more, depending
on terrain and building density, etc. For
information on models and availability, click here.
emergency, information about safety and relief
programs are essential to survival. Without
internet and television (which you can’t take
with you in the event that you must leave your
home) your essential link to news and
information is a portable radio. For
recommendations on models and availability,click here. For a
reference of English language broadcasts that
can be received in Israel, click here.
Okay, now what?
emergency communications tools in hand, the next
step is to organize your community with a
response plan in the event of an emergency. For
a comprehensive discussion of community
planning, click here.