Emergency Communication Ready Kit
Preparation for emergency response requires a scenario to plan against. The degree of preparation depends on the severity of the emergency. The amount and type of equipment required will be determined by:
- Expected duration of emergency.
- Geographic area affected.
- Availability of utilities (electricity, natural gas, water, etc.).
- Methods of communication (telephone, cell phone, public service).
- Time of year (temperature considerations).
- Time of day (natural light or artificial light).
- Weather (current and forecasted).
While a disaster may require assembling a large amount of equipment, it may not be practical to have all equipment pre-packaged and ready to go. Identifying the equipment needs and how they will be assembled, however, will expedite deployment.
The items on this checklist should be ready to go for a minor communication emergency. When looking at battery powered equipment, consider equipment that uses ‘AA’ batteries to minimize the different types of batteries you may need to keep with you.
The scenario is to provide local communication services using a handheld for less than 24 hours and utilities are available. Your assignment may locate you inside or outside a building, traveling in a vehicle other than your own, or being a “shadow” to another individual.
|____ Dual Band Handheld||____ Speaker-Mike / Headset||____ Radio Manual|
|____ AC Adapter||____ Battery Charger||____ Lighter Adapter|
|____ Spare Fuses||____ Spare Battery Pack||____ 6 ft. Extension Cord|
|____ Gain Antenna for HT||____ Mag Mount Antenna||____ Wax Paper (for Mag Mount)|
|____ 3 ft. Length||____ BNC Female – SO-239||____ BNC Male – SO-239|
|____ Double PL-259||____ Double SO-239||____ UHF Right Angle|
|____ Frequency List||____ Area Map||____ Activation Plan|
|____ Phone List||____||____|
|____ Photo ID||____ Reflective Vest||____ ARES Hat|
|____ Safety Glasses||____ Ear Plugs/Muffs||____ Dust Mask|
|____ Tissue Paper||____ Moist Towellette||____ Pain Reliever|
|____ Prescriptions||____ First Aid Supplies||____ Watch|
|____ Cash (small bills & coins)||____ Cell Phone||____ Credit Card|
|____ Water / Juice||____ Snacks||____ Seasonal Clothing|
|____ Flashlight & Batteries||____ Multi-purpose Tool||____ GPS / Compass|
|____ Electrical Tape||____ Duct Tape||____ C-Clamp|
|____ Notepad||____ Clipboard||____ Post-It Notes|
|____ Pens||____ Pencils||____ Sharpener|
|____ Ink Marker||____ Magnifier||____ Eraser|
|____ Paper Clips||____ Rubber Bands||____ Envelopes|
High Power Basic Kit
The items on this checklist should be added to the Basic Kit when communication using a handheld will not be enough transmitting power. The additional equipment here is intended to set up a mobile unit and portable antenna.
|____ Dual Band Mobile||____ Speaker-Mike / Headset||____ Radio Manual|
|____ AC Power Supply||____ Spare Fuses||____ Ext. Cord 12 ga x 25 ft.|
|____ Gain Antenna||____ Antenna Mount||____|
|____ 3 ft. length (2)||____ 10 ft. length||____ 25 ft. length|
|____ BNC Female – PL-259||____ BNC Female – SO-239||____ NMO – SO-239|
|____ BNC Male – PL-259||____ BNC Male – SO-239||____ N Male – SO-239|
The items on this checklist should be added to the Basic Kit and High Power Basic Kit when communication is expected to be over multiple days, in a rough operating environment, or without commercial utilities.
|____ Back-Up Radio / HT||____ Radio Manual||____|
|____ Gel Cell Batteries||____ Spare Fuses||____|
|____ Adjustable wrench||____ Pliers||____ Wire Cutters|
|____ Needle Nose Pliers||____ Channel-Lock Plier||____ Screwdrivers|
|____ Soldering Iron & Solder||____ Utility Lamp (12VDC)||____ Cable Ties|
|____ Multimeter||____ SWR Bridge||____ Plastic Sheeting|
|____ Toothbrush & Paste||____ Soap||____ Shampoo|
|____ Shaver||____ Deoderant||____|
|____ Work Gloves||____ Hat||____ Coat|
|____ Boots||____ Underwear / Socks||____|
|____ Blanket||____ Sleeping Bag||____ Tent|
|____ Trash Bags||____ Food / Water||____ Sterno|