First I would like to apologise for the blog being down for most of yesterday. Unfortunately a tree fell across a power line and took out the power to the company that hosts my server. Anyway here is Part 2 of the information from Fairfax County, Virginia RACES, which is near Washington D.C. They seem to have a fairly well developed emergency response system in that area.
They also have slide presentations available on more advanced radio communications and other areas of preparedness. If you the readers are interested, I will publish other slide shows in the future. You can either let me know in the comments or through e-mail at PreparednessAdvice@gmail.com. I also have the instructors guides for both Radio Fundamentals Part 1 and 2. If you request them I will email them to you.
Radio communications can be a vital part of your preparations. I have attached the following links to previous posts on radio communications. Tactical Radios, The Family Radio Service Can be Used as Tactical Radios. MURS Radios a Useful Communication Tool You may want to review these posts to help you determine what type of radios you need. I have both the MURS and FRS for shot range and a ham radio for longer range.
You need to work with the radios in your area and see what will meet your needs. Find someone who is interested in ham or other radios. Everyone I have found is more than happy to help you get started and often they are interested in other areas of preparedness. The radio club in our area has an on air discussion twice a month on preparedness and holds field days, in which they set their radios up and operate off alternate power.
Communications can be a valuable tool.