In an Emergency, Communication is Critical.
In the November 2018 Camp Fire, many lives could have been saved if people had been forewarned to evacuate. But the normal communication channels couldn't handle the sudden increase in the number of calls. People couldn't reach each other on their cell phones. The 911 operators were swamped. They needed another communication option.
The El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club (EDCARC) has a program called Neighborhood Radio Watch that offers an additional communication solution: GMRS two-way radios, useable by anyone in your family.
Below are some downloadable files with more details about this program:Neighborhood Watch ProgramRadio Safety NetsHow to Get Your GMRS LicenseEDCARC Information
Here is a link to a web page with some basic instructions on two-way radio etiquette.