We can CERTainly prepare for a disaster.

Emergency Radio Communications

Emergency Radio Communications

During a disaster, it is likely the phones will not work and we will need to communicate by radio. There are three basic types of radios:

  • FRS (Family Radio Service) - works great on the block - no license or testing required

  • GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) - works great on the block and between neighborhoods - no testing required but you need to buy a license ($70 for 10 years)

  • Ham Radio - able to reach extended distances and can be used to communicate between neighborhoods and with the City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) - both a license and passing a test are required

Here is the Richmond Neighborhood Radio Communications Response Guide.

Emergency Communications NETS

Being able to effectively respond after a disaster requires practicing BEFORE a disaster. Here are ways you can get involved in a “Net”, which is a network of radios that are checking into to a central station called a Net Control.


Richmond CERT Net
Sat. 0900 hrs.
Frequency: 145.110
Tone/Direction: -82.5

West Contra Costa County ACS/RACES
Thurs. 1845 hrs.
Frequency: 145.110
Tone/Direction: -82.5

N.ALCO RACES ARES (North Alameda County; Berkeley)
Thurs. 1915 hrs.
Frequency: 147.480
Tone/Direction: Simplex (No need to adjust the tone/direction)
Frequency: 440.900
Tone/Frequency: +131.8

Kensington-El Cerrito KARO-ECHO
Thurs. 1900 hrs.
Frequency: 146.415
Tone/Direction: Simplex (No need to adjust the tone/direction)

Marin Co. RACES
Tues. 1700 hrs.
Tone/Direction: -179.9


1st Wed every month 1900 hrs.
Channels: 5-6-7
Channel will be moved from 5 to 6, then 7 if interference; may use FRS

Richmond Annex Net Control
Tues. 1900 hrs.
Channel: 15

1st Wed two-way radio practice
1st Wed every month 1100 hrs.
Channel: 21 / 462.7000 MHz
Begins after the Richmond Community Warning System sirens sound at 11:00 a.m.

Berkeley CERT Teams
Tues. 1930 hrs.
Channel: 22R / Tone 88.5