Establish an emergency communications reserve primarily supported by unpaid (volunteer) staff. It shall be an in-agency unit, supported by and part of the agency and directly responsibleto this agency under the direction of the agency communications coordinator, who shall be management oriented, rather than technically. Its personnelare unpaid employees of the agency registered as Disaster Service Workersin the Communications Class.
The purpose of the reserve, is to:
- Support any and all government public service communications systems in event of failure, overload or other problems that might jeopardize their usefulness and purpose. This shall include but not be limited to the following systems and departments: 9-1-1, fire, sheriff/police, public works, transportation, aviation.
- Provide access to FCC Amateur Radio Service frequencies during times of emergencies.
- Maintain communications equipment in an on-going state of readiness and conduct weekly communicationstests at the EOC.
- Set up and staff at government locations as specified in the current operations plan.
- Weather watch during unusual weather such as tornadoes, hurricanes or heavy rains.
- Provide those with word processing and computer skills to support paid staff in times of unusual need, such as during and following and emergency.
- Perform crowd surveillance by the use of ATV (Amateur Television) at the scene of an emergency orlarge special event.
- Activate a minimum level of augmentation whenever paid staff is alerted to a potential or existing emergency; minimum level being at least one unpaid staff (volunteer) on duty at the agency facility.
- Provide operators for all necessary positions to sustain operations as long as the EOC is activated.
- Handle message,information, command and liaison 'traffic' as is required for any communications needed by this government jurisdiction in an emergency or threat of an emergency.
- Conduct such training and familiarization events as shall accomplish all of the above.