This page describes the proposed Neighborhood Emergency FRS Radio Net areas for the City of Rainier and immediate vicinity in Washington State. These radio nets would be used by volunteer neighborhood groups organized around the "Map Your Neighborhood" concept. To learn more about "Map Your Neighborhood", watch for announcements of classes by Thurston County Emergency Management or the City of Rainier.
These nets are the neighborhood layer of a multi-layered approach at communications in a disaster scenario where normal telephone and internet communications means are overloaded or not available. For more information on how these groups integrate into our area's disaster communications planning, see the City of Rainier section of the East Thurston County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ETC ARES) Disaster Communications Plan. A training presentation about the National SOS Radio Network upon which we are basing our program can be found here: NSOS-Hamwatch-PPT-TR-003-Final-Approved.pdf .
One radio that we can recommend for our neighbors is the Cobra CXT1045R-FLT-CAMO FRS/GMRS radio. The key features that make this recommended radio a good choice for disaster communications are:
Similar radios are available on the market in our local area stores. If you have a radio with these key features, you'll be ready to communicate reliably via radio with your neighbors during a disaster event. If you want to learn more about FRS/GMRS, check out this link.