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Citizen Radio Emergency Service Teams
Initially, the primary role for our team of "Communications Volunteers" was to monitor Channel 9, the CB Emergency Channel, to help motorists. Later, duties grew to include communications after disasters (tornadoes, floods...), and in some places before disasters With SkyWarn & Canyon Watch. We also provide safety communications for school events, runs/walks and other prominent community events. Our team primarily uses the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), but we also use the Amateur Radio Service, Family Radio Service (FRS), Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS), Trunked radio systems and business band radio (LMR) to their public service capabilities.
CREST Communications has been an active member of the community for more than 35-years.
Dedicated to public service through communications, CREST Communications is regionally located in southern California.
We are an independent, not-for-profit public service organization providing skilled volunteer two-way radio communications for public safety.
"I have a Cell Phone, why do I need a radio?"
Disaster Preparedness means taking steps necessary to make sure you and your family are safe and as comfortable as possible in the aftermath of a disaster. In preparation to accomplishing this goal, you and your family should have a communications plan. How will you contact each other if you are not together when a disaster strikes? Relying exclusively on cellular telephones can be questionable option; especially since they usually work intermittently following a disaster (Sometimes when there are no disasters either).
Keep in mind CREST Communications repeaters have power reserves outside the use of conventional electrical lines. That means when a disaster situation strikes (i.e. flooding, power failure, major earthquake), your cellular system infrastructure will probably collapse, but not our repeaters. Here are just a few examples to illustrate the concerns regarding a cell phone system failure:
Other than your typical mobile telephone, your only other means of emergency communications during most disaster scenarios may be a two-way radio.
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We are a non-profit 501 (c) (3) volunteer public service organization that welcomes private donations. We use the donations to purchase communications equipment to help other people in an emergency and other non-profit organizations during their fund raising events. Along with communications equipment, we use other items like flares and other safety gear on a regular basis.
Yes, we ARE different ...
Why? We cover the entire range of 2-way communications. Some members monitor CB channel 9, while others answer calls on our GMRS repeaters. We may use a VHF or UHF frequency that we are licensed for GMRS and Amateur Radios. As a Communications organization or as individual team members, we maintain and operate repeaters on 220, 440 and GMRS.
Members use base, mobile and handheld GMRS radios, and many also have amateur licenses and are members of the CREST Amateur Radio Club, an ARRL affiliated ham club and part of CREST Communications. FRS and cell phones have their place too, as does ATV. Interested in learning more?