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TGIF Network EMCOM Group 9911 (Doc Rev 01-03-2019)

Emergency Communications (EMCOM)

Note - In the case of an emergency which threatens life or property always call 911 (or other emergency number for your region or area) on a telephone when possible.

Description and Usage

The EMCOM talkgroup must only be used in the event of:

*  A real Personal or Community Emergency (see below).
*  Training Nets.
*  Brief test transmissions.

Used only when needed to declare an emergency, such as:

*  Personal Emergency – e.g., Stranded, Trapped, Lost. 
*  Weather related: Hurricanes, Floods, Power Outages, Tornadoes 
*  Wide-Spread Power Outages, Earthquakes, Wild Fires, Etc. 
*  Provide communications assistance to Public Safety officials when they request it. 

===== No chats, rag chewing and long QSO’s unless related to an emergency or during a controlled training net. =====

Making and Responding to Distress Calls

Making a call: Before an emergency occurs, be sure you know how to make a distress call on a frequency where hams are likely to be listening, such as a marine service net, a wide-coverage repeater frequency or a DMR Talkgroup. Store at least one of these frequencies in your radio’s memories, if possible. Anyone, licensed or not, can use your radio equipment in an emergency to call for help on any frequency. You won’t have time to be looking at net directories in an emergency.

When you need immediate emergency assistance, the appropriate voice signal is MAYDAY and the appropriate Morse code signal is SOS (… --- …). Maydays sound something like: “MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY, this is [your call sign]” followed by:

*  Your Call Sign and First Name
*  Your location or address of the emergency
*  The nature of the emergency
*  What type of assistance you need — such as medical, communications, transportation,etc.

(DO NOT mention on the radio any victims’ name(s) or other personal information. This could be a violation of the Privacy laws, and could get you in serious trouble.)

Responding: If you hear a distress signal on the air: Immediately find a way to record or write down information. Note the time and frequency of the call. To help the authorities render assistance as quickly as possible, note the following information:

*  The Call Sign and Name of person(s) making the call.
*  The location or address of the emergency
*  The nature of the problem
*  What type of assistance he or she needs — such as medical, communications, or transportation aid
*  Any other information that is helpful