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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Vermont Emergency Radio Network


The Vermont Emergency Radio Network (VTERN) is an alternate means of communication for people throughout the State of Vermont area during an emergency. In the event of a neighborhood or area-wide power, telephone or Internet failure, VTERN can keep you in touch. VTERN uses Family Radio Service (FRS) and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) radios on channel 1, no subchannel. FRS and GMRS radios are those little handheld walkie-talkie radios that family and friends use to keep in touch at
parks, on ski slopes and in malls. If there's an emergency, tune your radio to channel 1. VTERN may be your pipeline to emergency help and information. VTERN is self-activating and doesn't require any special training or equipment, other than an inexpensive FRS or GMRS radio. When other communication networks go down, or if you need to communicate outside and your cell phone's not working, just tune your FRS or GMRS radio to channel 1 and talk. VTERN works a little like a relay, with people passing information down the line. VTERN works on the keep-it-simple principle. To join the VTERN Listserv, follow the instructions on this page. VTERN is part of the Emergency Radio Network and National SOS Radio Network.


matthiasj said...

This is a great idea Vermont.

Kentucky Preppers Network

Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

Thanks, Matthiasj!

Kymber said...

Excellent post COFAOWM!!! we all need to learn more about alternate forms of communication!!!

Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

Thanks, Kymber! I'm hoping at some point to have a CB and/or ham radio but they cost a bit too much for me right now.

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