NPM is here.....
- National Preparedness Month is here. Are you prepared for a radio emergency?
It's a good time to remind ourselves that, in an emergency, how well we use an available radio will largely determine the outcome. NPM is a good time to ensure that family and friends know how to use a radio correctly in an emergency. Share this information with them.
Remember that you must broadcast repeatedly your distress message:
WHERE exactly you are: (State/Prov.; Road; Mile marker; Nearest town; Landmarks; etc.)
WHAT is wrong: (Collision; Illness; Fire; Injury, etc.)
WHO is calling: (Call sign; Name)
EMCOMM or police monitors need to hear these details repeatedly so they can piece together your message if reception is poor. They must rely entirely on your radio skill since you may be unable to hear them ask for missing details. To get help, you must make it happen.
Once monitors know WHERE exactly, they can get help on the way. It is the most critical part of a distress message. WHAT helps them send the right help. WHO validates the call. Keep each broadcast identical so monitors can listen for a specific detail they need. Be sure the details you give are accurate.
Lives may depend on you. Be prepared.