Emergency Communications Resources

FREQUENCIES. In case of an emergency event, normal communications, such as cell-phones and land-lines, may fail. Communications are likely to rely on two-way radios, including public service, ham, and FRS radios. The amateur radio emergency stations in our area are programmed with a common frequency band plan. We encourage all licensed operators to have these frequencies programmed into their radios. For the current band plan, click on Radio Frequency Band Plan, below.

ARES. The leading amateur radio emergency service, recognized nationally and in use throughout the country, is the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). During the damaging 2007 wind storm, north coast communities relied heavily on ARES operators for communications with Oregon Emergency Management in Salem, as well as local communications throughout the area. For information on Clatsop County ARES click on ARES/RACES below.

ICS. In a major event, emergency officials may activate the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS has evolved as a principal mode of emergency management throughout the United States. Volunteer emergency responders should be familiar with how ICS operates. Information on ICS, and ICS communications forms, are available through the ICS links below.

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS ("Packet"). Packet communications allow written messages to be passed over amateur radio, significantly increasing speed and efficiency during emergencies. Both the Cannon Beach and Arch Cape fire stations have the equipment in place to send and receive digital radio traffic.

Radio Frequency Band Plan

Digital Communications


Understanding ICS